Orange peels are not for the trash or the garbage disposal anymore. Sure, these fruit casings smell delicious–despite their slightly bitter taste–but there are so many other reasons not to toss those citrus peels.
For instance, orange peels can be used to create a fresh, non-toxic DIY cleaner that you can use around the home and thus can help save your money. The solution disinfects, reduces mold, and removes calcium build-up–and it’s also quite pretty! You can even bring the skin of your favorite fruit into your beauty routine by using orange peels to concoct a yummy-smelling.
See the best DIY ways to reuse your orange peels in this gallery below.
orange peel cleaner DIY
Make an Eco-Friendly Cleaner
- Use vinegar and leftover peels to create an easy cleaning solution that disinfects, reduces mold, and removes calcium
orange peel candles
Make Yummy-Smelling Candles That Burn for Hours
- Cut your peel to form a cup, and leave the center core-like stem intact. Fill the cup with olive oil to just below the stem top, light it; and enjoy the amazing scent!
orange peel home scent
Fill Your Home With a Sweet Aroma
- An easy and delicious way to send a beautiful fragrance wafting through your home? Boil orange peels with a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon over medium heat.
orange peel garbage disposal cleaners
Create Garbage Disposal Cleaners
- Send a burst of citrus down the drain to clean up a smelly garbage disposal by making these simple cleaning cubes in your freezer. (Get the instructions!)
orange peel lip butter
Make Your Own Moisturizer
- Soothe dry lips and hardworking hands with DIY masks for skin, like this ointment that uses orange peels, shea butter, and cocoa butter. (Get the instructions!)
orange peel protect pets
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Protect Your Pets
- This one takes just seconds: Before tossing, rub the peels on your indoor plants; the oils it leaves behind will keep your cats from clawing and biting the leaves.
orange peel zest
Make a Powdered Zest for Baking
- Next time a recipe calls for orange (or lemon) zest, have your own on hand. The powdered kind is less acidic than fresh, FYI. (Get the instructions!)
orange peel brown sugar
Pack Them With Your Sugar
- Another baker's: Store your a 3-inch long peel with your brown sugar to keep it from clumping and hardening and to preserve moisture.
orange peel scrub sugar
Mix Up a Sugar Scrub
- Exfoliate the natural way by adding a DIY sugar body scrub to your shower or bath routine. (Get the instructions!)
orange peel insect repellent
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