How many orange peels have you thrown out recently? We eat them all the time, so I’m kicking myself for not realizing the potential in those fruit rinds. Make your own cleaners, infuse your foods with orange, or make your home smell fresh. You can do so much! Here are 15 orange peel uses you need to try immediately!
Orange Peel Uses You’ve Never Thought Of
It’ll smell like Christmas in your home when you simmer this Christmas Spice potpourri. It’s amazing!
Make Jello orange wedges to easily serve Jello at a party.
Infuse cupcakes with a little bit of orange flavor by using the orange peels as cupcake liners.
Keep brown sugar soft by adding an orange peel to the bag to help it retain moisture.
If you do any camping at all, start saving your orange peels for the fire! They’re excellent fire starters due to the peel’s high oil content.
Leave a little of the pith in the peel (like a candle wick), pour some olive oil in, and you have yourself an orange peel candle. They don’t really serve a practical purpose, but they sure are pretty, aren’t they?
I could kick myself for throwing out peels for so long when I could have used them to make powdered zest to use in recipes. Use it the exact same way you’d use fresh zest in your recipes. It’s delicious!
Make an orange peel garland to adorn your tree this year.
Make a batch of homemade orange oil. It’s wonderful for polishing furniture… so fragrant!
Candied orange peels are delicious. Have you ever tried them?
DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner is a green cleaning recipe that you shouldn’t do without. If you’ve wanted to try homemade cleaners but don’t like the smell of vinegar, this is one to try. The citrus helps with the smell so much.
Run them through the garbage disposal to freshen it up. Or make our garbage disposal cleaner using citrus fruits and vinegar!
Use an orange peel to scrub your sink. Not only will it freshen it up, but it’ll help it retain its shine after you clean it, too.
Use them in the garden to keep pests at bay. Orange peels also deter cats, so you may want to put some rinds in your house plants, too.
Fill half an orange peel with rock salt to absorb bad odors in your home. It’ll last for several weeks!