How to Boil a Grapefruit Peel to Deodorize

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Things You'll Need

  • Stove

  • Pot

  • Water

  • Grapefruit

  • Knife

  • Cloves

Grapefruit is a citrus fruit that grows mostly in warm tropical climates and is then shipped to other areas of the country. It is a popular breakfast food, as well as a refreshing snack. Although most people eat grapefruit, it can also be used to deodorize the home and freshen the air. The scent of grapefruit is not as strong as that of an orange, but the refreshing citrus scent it emits creates a pleasant aroma that permeates the home.

Step 1

Place a cooking pot on the stove and fill it with two to three cups of water.

Step 2

Turn the burner on high and wait until the water comes to a boil. Once the water boils, turn the burner heat to low or medium to reduce the water to a simmer.

Step 3

Place the grapefruit onto a cutting board so that it sits on its end. Insert a kitchen knife 1/4 inch into the skin and slice down toward the cutting board to remove a slice of the peel. Continue slicing off the peel in strips until the entire peel of the grapefruit has been removed.

Step 4

Place the grapefruit peel into the boiling pot of water. For additional deodorizing, slice up the fruit of the grape fruit into wedges and place them into the pot of water as well.

Step 5

Allow the water to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the water is almost gone.


For additional deodorizing, add lemons, oranges and cinnamon sticks to the water in addition to the grapefruit.


Do not allow the pot to remain on the stove burner after all of the water has evaporated. The grapefruit will burn and create an unpleasant smell.