With so much citrus around this time of year, there are lots of rinds and leftovers. Though we love putting small bits down the garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh, we thought we’d share some other uses, too.
Cue up a search on the Internet and there are nearly a dozen ideas right away at Earth911.com: from making grapefruit tea to help break up mucus caused by allergies to creating an eco-friendly, child-friendly cleaner, this website presents innovative uses for citrus besides eating.
Check this out: add lemon juice to the wash cycle to get clothes even cleaner or soak clothes in a lemon juice/baking soda mixture to help remove stains.
For another cleaning tip, Earth911.com points to a homemade cleaning recipe by blogger Crunchy Betty that combines dried, ground grapefruit peels, baking soda and borax to may a scouring scrub.
And to keep your food fresh, Earth911 reminds readers that lemon juice on sliced fruit will keep it from turning brown quickly.
Just for fun, do a search for “lemon facial scrub” or “homemade grapefruit face wash” and you’ll find some easy, do-it-yourself beauty product recipes. There’s one at BeautyBanter.com and another at fruit distributor PittmanDavis.com.
Have fun and share your ideas with us!