Don’t put that orange peel in the bin! We have discovered 24 surprising ways that you can make good use of it instead.
Are you about to toss your orange peel into the bin? Step away, my friend! There are loads of amazing ways to make the most of leftover orange peel so start putting it to good use today!
Use orange peels for food
1. Zest up your meals
Use orange zest in recipes for a delicious, fresh tangy hit – they’re great in cakes and salad dressings.
2. Stop brown sugar hardening
Add orange peels to brown sugar in the package or when storing. The oils in the peel help to draw the moisture from the sugar and keep it from solidifying.
3. Make candied orange peel
Candied orange peel makes excellent garnishes on desserts or with chocolate, or dip them in chocolate and devour at will.
4. Make orange peel-infused olive oil
Make your own zesty, citrus-infused olive oil. It’s perfect with salads or veggies.
5. Drink it in tea
Dry orange peels and add some to tea the next time you brew it. The orange will infuse a subtle citrusy taste into the tea.
Use orange peels for cleaning
6. Turn it into a sponge
Orange peel actually makes a brilliant natural sponge … who knew? If you have a gunky stove or sink, use a fresh orange peel to scrub it – the natural oils are a perfect degreaser and cleaner.
7. Remove water spots
If your metal appliances and faucets are sporting some unsightly water marks, get your trusty orange peel and rub directly over them to polish them up until they shine.
8. Polish wood
The white side of orange peel can also be used to polish and brighten dull-looking wood furniture. Step aside, Mr Sheen!
9. DIY non-toxic cleaning spray
To make a brilliant natural cleaner, simply toss some orange peels in a lidded jar and cover with white vinegar. Let it sit in the fridge for a few weeks, shaking it occasionally. Transfer to a spray bottle, shake, and use to clean surfaces, floors and windows. Mmm, citrus fresh!
Use orange peel around the house
10. Whiff buster extraordinaire
Orange peels make a fantastic deodoriser around the house. Place some directly in the bottom of a smelly garbage can before you put in a clean garbage bag to stop those bin pongs. Alternatively, grind the peels up in a food processor, and place them in a sachet, small envelope or muslin bag. Place them in drawers, closets, basements, or anywhere else that is prone to getting musty. Stick a couple in some smelly shoes to depong them as well!
11. Make an orange peel candle
This is a fun project you can make with the kids – an orange peel can be transformed into a candle with nothing more than some kitchen oil and a sharp knife!
12. Start a fire
Orange peel makes great kindling, whether for a wood-burning fire or campfire. So bung some in and spark up!
13. Clean your garbage disposal cleaner
If your garbage disposal unit is starting to stink, throw some orange peel down it and run it till it becomes clear. A lovely citrus smell will replace the unpleasant one.
14. Make a bird feeder
Make a bird feeder for your backyard by using the peel of half an orange round. Simply remove the fruit from an orange-half and poke three evenly spaced holes near the cut section of the peel. Attach sturdy string and hang it from a tree. Fill it with bird seed.
Use orange peel to ward off pests
15. All-natural mosquito repellent
Take fresh orange peels and rub them all over your skin to repel mosquitoes, who don’t like the smell. Much more pleasant-smelling than Aerogard!
16. Handy slug repellent
If slugs are an issue in your garden, spread peels on top of the soil to keep them away – a much safer option than a toxic pesticide, especially if you have young children or pets.
17. Ant repellent
Got a problem with ants in your home or planning a picnic and want to make sure it’s an ant-free experience? Place orange peels (or ground-up peels) around problem areas with ants and watch them march off in the opposite direction.
18. Stray cat repellent
Orange peels on the outside of your home will also keep stray cats away … or use it to stop your own cat getting into things they shouldn’t, such as house plants.
Use orange peels for your body
19. Use it as a body scrub
Wrap orange peels in gauze and rub onto your skin while in the shower to brighten skin.
20. Turn it into a bath oil
Go here to find out how to extract oil from your orange peel. Add a small amount to your bath – only a couple of drops are necessary. Orange oil has great anti-inflammatory properties and helps brighten skin.
21. Add it to your bath as a powder
Let orange peels dry out, then grind them down with a mortar and pestle until peels are a fine powder, and sprinkle them straight into your bath for a luxurious and skin-soothing treat.
Use orange peels for crafts and fun
22. Make some silly teeth
You can make crazy-looking teeth with orange peels – perfect for spooky dress-ups. See here for how to make orange peel teeth.
23. Turn the into boats
A fun craft project for kids – they can make cute little orange peel boats from orange peel halves. See here for how to make orange peel boats.
24. Create some orange peel jewellery
If you’re even more ambitious on the craft front, you can make jewellery out of orange peels (and it actually looks good!)