7 Surprising Ways to Use Lemon Peels

There are many great ways to use lemon peels. But it is absolutely necessary to use organic lemons to avoid harmful chemicals.
7 Surprising Ways to Use Lemon Peels

Last update: 10 December, 2018

Lemon peels are extremely beneficial in a lot of different ways. But in order to benefit from all of their properties, it is absolutely necessary to use organic lemons to avoid harmful chemicals.

Lemons are one of the most commonly used citrus fruits in cooking, medicine, and cosmetics.

They are high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and essential oils, which helps support better skin and prevent illness.

But what some people still don’t know is that the peel, which is generally tossed in the trash, contains up to 10 times more vitamins than the juice, and has a high concentration of fiber and minerals.

But because of cultural reasons, it’s not generally included in our diets, although there are a lot of people who are already using them in several different ways.

Lemon peels contain essential oils, citric acid and other important compounds that can be used in health, the home, and beauty.

And because we know that a lot of people still don’t know exactly how they can be used, below we are going to reveal several tricks so you can stop wasting these peels.

Let’s have a look!

1. Cleansing tea

lemon tea

The vitamin C and pectin contained in lemon peels are useful for cleansing the liver, colon, and kidneys.

It’s active compounds help get rid of toxins and create a protective barrier against the negative effect of free radicals.


  • 2 lemon peels
  • 1-liter water

What to do

  • Boil the lemon peels in one liter of water. Reduce heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  • Wait until it has reached a comfortable temperature, then drink three times a day.

2. Flavored oil

To give an extra special touch to your salads, soups, and stews, make a flavored oil using lemon zest.


What to do

  • Grate the lemon peels and add them to the bottle of olive oil.
  • Steep for a few days then starts using.

3. Homemade air freshener


The strong smell and natural oils in lemon peels are perfect for deodorizing places in the home.


  • 2 lemon peels
  • 1/2 liter water
  • 3 twigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (5 mL)

What to do

  • Add the lemon peels to the half liter of water then bring to a boil with the rosemary and vanilla.
  • Once the infusion is ready, allow to steep and then pour the liquid into a spray bottle.
  • Spray in any area you like.

4. Moisturizer for elbows and heels

Elbows and heels dry out easily because they don’t have any sebaceous glands.

To reduce blemishes and dead cells, combine lemon zest with baking soda.


  • 2 Tbsp. lemon zest (20 g)
  • 6 drops lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda (5 g)

What to do

  • Make a thick paste out of all the ingredients, then rub on the areas you want to treat, using a gentle massage.
  • Wait for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
  • Avoid sun exposure afterward to prevent any undesired effects.

5. Oven cleaner


The aromatic and disinfectant properties in lemon peels can be used to get rid of dirt, bad odors, and grease on ovens.


  • 2 fresh lemon peels
  • 1 glass water (200 mL)

What to do

  • Place the lemon peels in the glass of water and place this solution in the oven.
  • Heat for 30 minutes, then wait a few minutes.  Clean the over with a microfiber cloth.

6. Nail Whitener

If your nails are yellow and brittle, add a little bit of lemon to a clear fingernail polish, or rub it on directly.


  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 bottle clear fingernail polish

What to do

  • Grate the lemon zest and add to your fingernail polish.

You can also take some of the white parts inside the peel, and rub it on the affected nails twice a day.

7. Blackhead treatment


Lemon peels have astringent and antibacterial properties which make it easier to clean pores.  This helps get rid of blackheads and excess shine.


  • 2 Tbsp. lemon zest (20 g)
  • 1 tsp. sugar (5 g)
  • 2 Tbsp. cucumber juice (20 mL)

What to do

  • Make a paste out of the lemon zest, sugar and cucumber juice.
  • Rub it on your face and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water, then repeat three times a week.

As you just saw, these peels that we so often throw away can actually be quite useful.

So go ahead and use these tricks, and take advantage of their benefits.

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