8 Smart Things for What to Do with Orange Peels

Oranges and Orange Peels
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Many people just toss orange peels into the trash, but there is a lot for what you can do with citrus rinds that may surprise you to help cleaning, beauty, gardening, cooking and baking to home health remedies as well as the environment. If I caught your attention, then let me share all the other wonderful uses for orange peels that can save you money, simplify some chores and ultimately benefit your life by recycling them.

Unexpected Uses for Orange Peels

Fruit Fly Trap – Nothing is more irritating after bringing fruit home than discovering fruit flies hovering nearby in your kitchen, despite washing them before leaving them out. Here is how to banish them by making your own trap. Grab a plastic container like a yogurt or cottage cheese container with a lid that you can punch holes though. You’ll need a nail and a hammer to construct those holes. Afterwards, you stick in the peel or peels, cover it and place near the fruit or close to the spot where you see the fruit flies like to congregate. The fresh sweet aroma of the orange rinds will lure them while serving as the graveyard to those bothersome pests. Just remember, it is the freshness of the orange peels that draws them in and needs to be replaced in about a day to keep enticing them back.

DIY Air Freshener – If you want to make your home smell inviting, then this simmering potpourri recipe with citrus peels and spices can accomplish the trick. However, I warn you that it will make you hungry from that delicious aroma.

DIY Citrus Hair Spray – Perhaps, you ran out of your hair spray or are trying to avoid chemicals and want a natural alternative that can still provide great hold. Therefore, give my DIY lemon hair spray a try. You can use lemon or orange peel in this recipe. They both work, but if you have darker hair the orange peel is a better option.

Natural DIY Body Powder – Why put your health at risk with dusting powder with talc that may have traces of asbestos? You can buy talc-free dusting power or try my recipe for natural DIY body powder with orange, lemon and lime peels along with a few other ingredients. All you need is a coffee grinder, cornstarch, oat or rice flour, white kaolin clay, peels, essential oil, and some cinnamon for turning out a beautiful smell for a safer experience.

Enhance Flavor for Recipes – Grate the orange rind for adding when cooking or baking elevates the taste with brightness for cakes, breads, cookies, scones, pies, main dishes, etc. Try my best orange cake, orange bars and also use my search box because there are lots more orange recipes.

Citrus Peels for Organic Fertilizer – Composting your orange peels to use as an organic fertilizer can contribute valuable nutrients to the soil. Among them are nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous that typically are used in commercial fertilizer.

Garden Insect Spray Repellant – End garden pests like aphids, whiteflies, and slugs on your plants by spraying them with this DIY insect repellant. To get the most potent orange smell, take a few orange peels along with a cup of water and boil them for about 10-15 minutes. Make sure to cover the pot you use, then cool and strain what you boiled before transferring to clean spray bottle. You can give your plants a squirt whenever needed.

Protect Your Houseplants From Your Cat – Since cats have an extra delicate sense of smell, you can use it to your advantage. If your cat likes to dig in your potted plant, then put some orange rinds around the top of the plant’s soil will help. The scent does lose it strength in time so change the peels every week or so.

These are just a few of my favorite ways to use those citrus peels that can benefit you as well as the earth. If you have any to add, please share it here.


1 Comment

  1. Michalena (Mickey) J. Scarcia
    April 30, 2024 / 9:30 am


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