Waste Not Want Not

If you’ve been following us on Facebook then you know we have our Waste Free Wednesday posts where we love to share ideas to help you Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (compost).

If you use lots of lemon and citrus fruit like I do then save your lemon peels for:

  • Sprinkle some salt onto half a cut lemon and use it to scrub your pots and pans to make them shiny and new again.
  • Sprinkle bi-carb all over your sink. Use a half a cut lemon as a scrubbing brush, scrub hard all over for a clean and sparkly sink.
  • Secure a squeezed lemon half onto a prong in your dishwasher when loading the dishes. It will leave your dishwasher smelling fresh and clean.
  • Use those peels to make your own Spray N Wipe.   Save your peels in a jar in the fridge as you use them.  When the jar is full, fill up with white vinegar until the peels are covered.
    Store in a dark place for about four weeks, shaking the jar occasionally.
    After four weeks, strain the liquid from the peels and using a funnel, pour the liquid into a spray bottle.  Add a drop of dishwashing liquid, shake and use as needed.
    For tough stains, sprinkle bi-carb on the surface first and then spray with your fabulous homemade spray and wipe.


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Michele Lyons

Michele Lyons spent 25 years working in the corporate environment with 10 years as an Executive Assistant at a senior level. A couple of years ago Michele decided to forgo the long hours in the city to work closer to home and spend more time with her two teenage boys. Michele started working with us at the Farmers Markets and her excellent organisation skills meant she quickly moved into the office. Since Michele joined The Free Range Butcher her role has expanded to include all things administration, recipe testing, inspirational ideas, marketing, communications and all round keeping the team organised and on track. As long as Michele’s has had her morning coffee you can ask her anything!


  • Love these tips….I too use a lot of lemons and as the skins can’t go in the worm farm, it’s great to have a few suggestions about getting more out of them before tossing in the regular garbage. Thanks!

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