Easily Freshen Up Any Musty Drawer With The Help Of This Popular Fruit

No matter how well you do your laundry, sometimes drawers get stinky. Obvious offenders, like shoe and sock drawers, get musty after continuous use. People don't regularly launder their sneakers or loafers, and socks tend to get thrown to the back of the drawer rather than the laundry pile, creating an earthy smell when you open them. But these aren't the only places. Drawers holding occasionally used items, such as seasonal wear or work clothes remote employees have forgotten about, can get musty, too. If you've encountered this problem, you'll be happy to know there is a natural way to fix it: lemon peels.

Rather than tossing out your lemon peels after making dinner or a drink, save them so you can make some scent satchels for your closet and dresser drawers. Not only is this a cost-effective way to neutralize odors, but it's also a great way to reuse scraps. Here's how to do it.

How to use lemon peels to freshen drawers

To beat back that stale smell, collect your lemon peels in a mason jar without a lid. Once you have enough for a small satchel, lay them on a paper or dish towel and allow them to dry. You can then transfer them into a cloth bag or make a no-sew satchel using leftover cloth scraps. To make a no-sew pouch, cut out two small cloth squares with pinking sheers, and connect them with three strips of no-sew tape on three sides. Then, iron the two pieces together to fuse them with the tape. Leave the top piece open so you can put your lemon skins into the pouch, and then seal it with a final piece of no-sew tape.

Since the peels are dehydrated, they won't rot, so you don't need to worry about the peels spoiling in your drawers. However, they will continue to dry out, meaning they will lose potency after some time. Because of that, it's important to refill the satchels with new peels every so often. Check on your satchels once a month and give them a sniff to see if they're still scented. If not, switch them out.