Thursday, December 26, 2013

How to extract citrus oil from peels

How to get that wonderful oil from citrus peels

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1. Wash & dry hands and fruit completely.
1. Wash your hands, the fruits and everything, just make sure everything you're using is clean. Make sure to dry completely.
2. Carefully peel the fruit.
3. Use the fruit flesh for something else.
4. Carefully press skin against sieve to remove oil.
 2. Peel the fruit with a knife, whilst being careful not to go in too deeply. You do not want to damage the pulp of the fruit at all.

3. Reuse the leftovers. Once the fruit is peeled, you can maybe use the leftovers for cooking or eating, etc. Or simply compost the fruit flesh if you cannot use it.

 4. Get a jar and a sieve. Put the sieve on top and start squeezing/pressing the peels into the sieve. After a second or two, you will start to feel that an oily extract is released. Keep the oily extract.

You're done. You can wear it on your wrists and neck for a fresh citrus scent. Or use in home made household cleaners.

A great way to make a citrus cleanser is to use your peels with vinegar.
Place peels in a quart or 1/2 gallon mason jar.
Add distilled white vinegar to cover completely.
Place in a dark cupboard for at least 2 weeks.
Strain peels.
Ready to use.