With citrus coming into season and showing up all over the farmers markets in Southern California, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite ways to incorporate the bright festive fruit into the home — as decor, as a fresh smell and as a natural way to clean.
1. The Lush Lemon Leaf Garland from Jordan at Oh Happy Day is festive, colorful and a low on the table so it won't obstruct conversation.
2. The Clementine Candle is and Apartment Therapy classic for a holiday meal.
3. Indoor Citrus: Citrus trees (particularly dwarf varieties) can do well growing inside by a window. The Victorians started the trend and with winter approaching, its nice to have some green indoors.
4. Citrus Peels: Can be used in desserts, to make teas and thrown into the fire can help spice up the air. See more ideas here.
5. Clementine Centerpiece: grab a cake stand or a trifle and fill it with Cuties from Trader Joe's or a bag full of tangerines from the farmers market for a cheap and easy centerpiece that doubles as an after dinner munch.
6. Keeping Things Clean: Polish copper, remove lime scale, boost your laundry detergent, plus a bunch of other uses for citrus around the house.
7. Inspiration: using lemon yellow, orange orange and lime green around the house can infuse new energy into your space now that the sun is disappearing earlier and earlier.
8. Get Rid of Odors: If your garbage disposal is stinky, just add a slice of lemon and grind it up to get rid of the offending odor and to add a fresh burst of lemon to the kitchen.
9. Mrs. Meyers: is releasing a holiday scent in their all natural cleaning products in orange clove.
10. Pomander: an old fashioned pomander is just an orange or tangerine with cloves stuck into the skin. Use them in a bowl to scent the air, create a design with the cloves for some visual flair, or hang them in closets to help the small space stay moth free and fresh.
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