Recycle & Reuse Common Household Items - 12 tips to living GREENER !!

Here are some ideas for using/reusing certain food items most people keep in their kitchen all year around.
LEMONS:
1. Straight lemon juice can be used as a general degreaser.
2.  Glass & Mirror Cleaner: put 4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with half a gallon of water and it will yield an effective window cleaner. (don't forget to reuse your dryer sheets & newspaper instead of paper towels).
3.  Chopping boards:  Rub lemon juice into your wooden chopping board, leave overnight and then rinse. The lemon will help kill off any remaining nasties and neutralize odors.
4.  Drains:  Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems.

BANANA PEELS:
1.  De-string the inside of the peel and use the remaining peel for shining leather or silverware
2.   Bananas are naturally high in potassium and encourages plant growth. Use banana peel or puree an entire banana and bury it with soil.
3.  Rub the inside of a banana peel on a bug bite or any itchy infliction and it will sooth the itchiness.
4. The oil in a banana peel will help relieve certain pains.  For headaches, lay a banana peel across your forehead and one across the back of your neck - with the skin of the peel facing out - you want the inside of the peel touching your skin. The peel is thought to help to heal the root cause of many headaches - by reconnecting the broken circuits that you can prove for yourself are the cause of pain. Its worth a try.

ORANGE PEEL:
 1.  Orange peels are known to keep brown sugar soft - so no more "brick of brown sugar".  Just place a piece of orange peel in your bag of brown sugar  & the sugar will stay soft.
 2.   Dried orange peels can be used as kindling in your fire places. The flammable oils found inside the peels enable them to burn much longer than paper.
 3.  Orange peels make a nice bathing powder.  Just dry some orange peels and grind them up into a fine powder. Use this powder regularly for bathing to make your skin glow and it smells refreshing and yummy.There are a number of ways to get the peel from its natural state into powder form, but here is what I do: I use my vegetable chopper and get it to the smallest possible pieces that I can. Take those small pieces and place them in a Mortar & Pestle if you have one.  Or you can place them in a regular serving bowl and grind them into a powder by using a number of kitchen tools.  The best tool to use is similar to a soup serving scoop with its flat rounded serving cup and some elbow grease.  I've also placed them into a regular blender but it was difficult to retrieve all the particles.
 4.   If you are a fan of the scent an orange produces - check this out.  Boil several orange peels in water on the stove with a few cloves in the water as well. This will fill your home with a wonderful scent.  Best used around the holidays. You can also take a half dozen or more whole oranges, place approximately 10 - 20 cloves into each orange's skin - place the oranges in a pretty decorator bowl or vase or your favorite display piece - the scent will last approximately 2-3 weeks.  


Thanks for stopping by and please drop by again for more tips/tricks on how to use and reuse common household items.




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