Lemon, a citrus fruit that comes with many benefits for health and skin. We use it in our salads, chutneys, several dishes, teas, etc. Therefore, we already know this food has many purposes. Other than using it just in the kitchen and on our skin to get rid of pimples and infections, lemon can also be used to accomplish several other tasks. Especially, when it comes to cooking. We often invest in expensive air fresheners, cleaning agents, and tools to keep our home fresh, tidy, and free from bugs. However, if you focus on using all-natural items like lemon, not only you will be boosting the taste and aroma of your food, but also be resolving some of the day-to-day household challenges. All you need to do is store the leftover peels in a bowl with ¼ cup of water and use it following ways: 

Refrigerator Deodoriser


Mostly in summers, we store all kinds of edible items in our fridges. Because of healthy fruit or vegetable juices, or sometimes due to other fragrant items, the fridge can become very smelly. Not only it is unhygienic but it also puts off our mood. Lemon peel can help in warding off those odours. Take your leftover lemon peels, add some salt to it. Then simply place in any corner of the refrigerator. The awful smell will vanish in one night. 

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Removes Hand Odours

While doing some of the chores or using garlic, onions, or dairy products, our hands may end up smelling peculiar. Instead of using chemical infused sanitisers or soaps try another instant solution. Take out your stored lemon peels and just rub that on hands, nails, and fingers as you will do with a bar of soap. Thereafter, apply hand cream to keep your palms hydrated and soft. Your hands will smell fresh again!

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Insect Repellent

Insect Repellent

Your kitchen not only attracts your family members but also some of the unwanted guests like insects. Of course, all of us want to get rid of cockroaches, ants, and other bugs, but using sprays that have chemicals in them in the kitchen can turn out to be risky, especially when you have children at home. Looking for something natural and cost-effective? Put those stored lemon peels to use. Insects and bugs can’t take lemon’s strong fragrance. So, keep one or two lemon peels inside every nook and corner of your kitchen and within a week you will get rid of all of them. 

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Coffee Cup Stain Remover

If you’re a coffee lover there is no way you don’t have a favourite coffee mug that you use all the time. But, it almost breaks our heart to see stubborn coffee stains at the bottom of the cup. No need to destroy your favourite crockery by rubbing it with harsh tools. Just put a lemon peel in that mug, add 2 tablespoons of warm water, and a pinch of salt. Let it sit in the cup overnight and then wipe it with a clean cloth. The stains will completely disappear making the cup look new again. 

Clean Nails 

Clean Nails

We Indians love our curries and gravies. Most of our dishes are incomplete without that scrumptious broth. While it does make our taste pallets happy, the nail becomes yellowish while eating food with hand. In order to whiten the fingernails, rub stored lemon peels on each nail one by one. Lastly, apply olive oil to maintain shine on nails. 

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