Wondering what to do with extra lemons? Make my lemon garbage disposal cleaner. Thanks to Earthbound Farm for sponsoring this post.
When life hands you lemons say thank you and clean your garbage disposal. No, seriously. I’m a self-professed cleaning failure but this lemon garbage disposal cleaner is super easy to make and use. No one likes a stinky garbage disposal and It’s also nice to feel like you didn’t waste one more nice piece of produce. My kids do an awesome job at that already!
My first Thanksgiving in San Diego I made the genius decision to fill our garbage disposal with potato scraps while peeling potatoes. Having just moved from New York City where garbage disposals are illegal I had never really used one. As you can imagine, it was an unmitigated disaster and I spent the evening washing dishes in our garage. BUT (silver lining) I learned a few things.
- Don’t put anything starchy down a garbage disposal. You know, like a ton of potato skins…
- Most plumbers don’t have garbage disposals because they know they are bad for pipes. I quickly learned to only use ours for the last little bits of food that you can’t quite scrape off of a plate.
- Ice and egg shells help sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal.
- Lemon is great for minimizing food odors in garbage disposals.
Which got me thinking. I always pick up some organic lemons when I’m at the market because they’re one of those things that are nice to have on hand. In the winter I’m a big hot water with lemon drinker because I am forever freezing. In the summer, I use lemons in my ice cold water. But there’s always a big piece of lemon left over no matter what I do.
Rather than letting it wither away to a sad shriveled lemon in the fridge and then throwing it away, I’ve started cutting it into pieces and freezing those pieces.
Which quickly become lemon ice cubes.
And happen to be perfect for tossing into your garbage disposal to both sharpen those blades and make it smell better! Yes, it’s that easy. Bam. Lemon garbage disposal cleaner. Two birds, one lemon.
If you’re like me, you’ll feel so much better not watching that leftover lemon go to waste. It’s these little changes that make a big impact.
I’m pretty big on having a variety of organic fruits and vegetables in our home. Eating organic was something that never mattered much to me until I was pregnant with Kayla. It was the first time in my life that my decisions had an undeniable impact on another being. Hello, parenting!
These days I feel fairly educated about my choices when shopping and have gotten Craig on board with buying organic whenever possible. Surely there are some items we could buy conventional but at this point I am voting with my dollars and buying organic because I hope by doing so it means change for everyone. It’s better for the environment and I truly feel like eating organic shouldn’t be an economic privilege.
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