Couldn’t you just sit for hours scrolling through all the unique projects, DIYs, and articles on Pinterest?! Yeah, we could too. There are some really crazy ideas out there, so when we stumble upon something genius (and cheap!), we can’t help but share it with you! Get ready to have your mind blown by this collection from One Good Thing By Jillee about 25 amazing things you can do with lemon peels.

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1. Skin Lightener/Brightener: Lemon is a natural skin lightener because of the citric acid in them which is a bleaching agent. Apply leftover lemon peels to your hands, elbows and heels to refresh and lighten the skin and tighten pores.

2. Garbage Disposal Deodorizer: Lemon (or orange) peels tossed regularly into the garbage disposal will keep the garbage disposal smelling fresh.

3. Simmering Stove Top Scents: Add lemon rinds to simmering water along with cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels to make a delightful aroma AND humidify the air.

4. Ant-Proof Your Kitchen: Scatter small slices of lemon peelĀ along thresholds, windowsills, around door entrances, andĀ near any cracks or holes where ants or pests may be entering. Ants do not like lemon and will not enter your home. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas.

5. Coffee Cup Stain Remover: Put a section of lemon peel into a stained coffee mug and add water. Let it sit for several hours, then wipe with a cloth. Stains should disappear.

6. Refrigerator Freshness: Cut lemon in half and let it absorb fridge smells.

7. Tea Kettle/Coffee Pot Cleaner: For mineral deposit build up in your tea kettle, fill the kettle with water, add a handful of thin slices of lemon peel and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour, drain, and rinse well. For coffee pots, add ice, salt and lemon rinds to the empty pot; swish and swirl for a minute or two, dump, and rinse.

8. Microwave Cleaner: Add lemon rinds to a microwave-safe bowl filled halfway with water. Cook on high for 5 minutes, allowing the water to boil and the steam to condense inside. Carefully remove the hot bowl and wipe away the mess with a damp towel.

9. Chrome Polish: Cut through mineral deposits on chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome by rubbing with a squeezed lemon half, rinsing, and lightly buffing with a soft cloth.

10. Copper, Brass, & Stainless Steel Polish: Brighten copper, brass, or stainless steel by dipping a juiced lemon half in salt (you also use baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and rubbing on the affected area. Leave on for 5 minutes. Then rinse in warm water and polish dry.

11. Stove Top Humidifier: If your home suffers from dry heat in the winter, put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on the lowest stove-top setting to humidify and scent the air.

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