One word. AWESOME. I found this idea originally on Crunchy Betty, for a grapefruit scouring scrub. I had some grapefruit, oranges, and lemons fading fast, so I processed all of them. I dried the peels in the oven at about 225 until they were dry. The oranges took less than a half hour, the grapefruit and lemons would have taken about an hour or so... Unfortunately, I was out of the house and burnt those. :/ I was quite disappointed, since I love the smell of grapefruit and most wanted to use those peels. However, I still had the good orange peels, so I decided to make the best of it.
3 TBS. dried, powdered orange peel
5 TBS. baking soda
Note: make sure to rinse thoroughly after you've cleaned with this, borax is not fun to get off after it's dried! Also, borax may be toxic to babies, so use caution!
I had saved a parmesan container, and it works perfectly! You could use any type of container, or as Crunchy Betty did, punch holes in the lid of a tin or jar.
As soon as I finished it, I knew exactly what I wanted to test it on. Since I moved into our house, I have been trying to get our kitchen sink clean. It was nasty! The corners were all scummed and rusted up, and the drain was gag-worthy.
A few minutes later, I was a very happy girl! All the built up nastiness-GONE.
Overall, I love it. Can't wait to try it on other tough spots!
What are your favorite uses for citrus peels?