Here are many good options and uses for orange peels you probably didn’t thought off. During the winter season, oranges are in high bloom, and there’s nothing like a fresh orange juice to keep us healthy right? But what do you do with all these orange rinds that keeps piling on and on and get your hands sticky, instead of throwing them away to the garbage, read on and learn some cool stuff they can be used too.
Some of these uses are simple and anyone can do them in just a minute, while others take a little more time and effort, but the whole point here is to show you what else you can do with this awesome fruit.
1. Natural body scrub
Take some orange peels and wrap them inside a gauze pad, when you hit the shower scrub your body with this natural body scrub for a nice bright skin and smell.
2. Build a natural bird feeder
Cut an orange in half and empty one part ( eat it don’t throw it away ). Then cut three even spread holes at the part closest to the cutting point. Thread a strong line inside and place some bird seeds in there, now just wait for your friendly birds to come and make a home for themselves.
3. Dip some orange peels in chocolate
This is a popular thing in europe, you just melt some chocolate and pour it on your peels, it makes a great after meal snack when you want something sweet and delicious.
4. Natural air freshener for your home
Just place some orange peels in a pot with water and boil it to make the room smell great. You can even add a cinnamon stick to really make the smell nice and powerful. If you’re lucky enough to live in a home with a fireplace. Take a paper bag and fill it with dry orange peels and throw it in the fire, it will make the house smell awesome.
5. Infuse your olive oil with a peel of orange
Add a dried orange peel to your olive oil and pour that sucker on your salad to add a little bit of excitement to your life.
6. Make fire!
That’s right, you can use a dry orange peel to start a fire next time you’re camping and short on dry wood. It’s a great kindling and also makes the fire bright and with a fragrant. How cool is that?
7. Make some orange tea
Place dry orange peels in hot water and let it sit for a while and you’ve got orange tea without using any tea bags. It’s also known to be a great drink to open up your sinuses when you’re feeling congested.
8. Make a homemade bath powder
Just take some orange rind when they are completely dry and grind them in a food processor to powder form. Once it’s done, just sprinkle a little bit in your bathtub before you get in.
9. Air freshener
We all know that when you enter a room that has oranges in it, you can immediately smell it and recognize it. So why not take the peels and place them at the bottom of your garbage bin or even inside your bathroom to keep the bad smells away? Works great.
10. Clean your garbage disposal
Just throw a few orange peels down there, and let it rip, after everything is cleared out, wash it with water and let it go once more. After that your disposal will have a nice smell to it and the citrus will clean any remaining debris stuck inside.
11. Candy from oranges
Take some of those leftover orange peels and boil them in sugar for like an hour, you can either cover them with chocolate later like mentioned above or even roll them up with some more sugar! WHAT?!
12. Make bad smells inside your refrigerator go away
Cut an orange in half, eat the inside. After you’re done take one empty half and pour some salt inside. Place it in a small bowl and put it inside the refrigerator for up to a week for a great smell.
13. Create your own citrus cleaner
Just take some boiling water, infuse it with vinegar and orange peels and you’re done.
14. Orange smell candle
Just infuse some orange peels inside and light it up.
15. Topiary tree for your car or bathroom
Take a few orange peels and combine them together to what ever shape you like, hang them in your car or bathroom for a great smell
16. Add some orange zest
The first on the uses for orange peels for a reason, because it’s basic and everyone does it, or at least they should. Scraping some zest into your cake or even that morning coffee to be a little bit sweeter.
17. Create your own orange bath oil
Take some orange peels and grind them to extract the natural oils, mix them with vodka or other type of strong alcohol and ferment them for about 3 days. After it’s done just strain the oil from the mix and add a few drops to your next bath. Orange oil is known to help your skin tone and texture.
18. Clean your grease dishes
YUP, you can use an orange peel to clean grease from dirty dishes and plates. You need to use it before it completely dries out so you get a chance to see the natural oils released from the fruit that are known to degrease surfaces. Never knew this about the orange fruit!
19. Lower your blood pressure
The Chinese have been using orange rinds for centuries as a natural medicine to lower blood pressure in the body, and you know that everything that the Chinese do just works right?
20. Calm yourself and your anxiety
Did you know that by rubbing a little bit of orange oil on your temple and forehead you can relieve stress and anxiety? Now you know.
21. Add it to brown sugar
When you add some orange peels to a bowl with brown sugar it will absorb the moisture and keep the sugar fresh longer. Do it, try it, you won’t be sorry.
22. Fight off mosquitoes
Take freshly peels of an orange and rub them on your skin, the strong citrus smell will repel the mosquitoes and give you a quiet and bite free night.
23. Get rid of slugs in your yard
Have a slug problem? Just take some orange peels and spread them on top of the soil to keep the slugs away.
24. Get rid of ants
Have an ant issue in your home? just place some orange rinds next to the problem area and watch the ants go away. Orange oil works as well.
25. Make stray cats leave your building.
Do you always see stray cats next to your door or garden and want to make them go away peacefully? Just place some orange rinds and watch as they stay away. You can use the same method inside your house too if you have a cat and want to keep him away from precious objects.
26. Silly teeth for kids
This is just for fun. Take an orange and cut a piece, eat the inside fruit and then just stick the peel on your teeth making it look like you have weird teeth or silly teeth.
27. Little orange boats
Cut an orange in half ( eat the inside ) then use the peels as tiny boats for bathtime fun or outside.
28. Orange jewelry
Take the peels and carve them into tiny jewelry for that special someone, but just know it won’t last. But the idea is very creative and fun.
29. Shine old wood
Take the peel and rub the inside white part on some old wood to make it shine again. Who knew?
30. Fight off bad smell in your shoes
Take some orange dried peels inside your stinky shoe so it can absorb the bad smells
Don’t forget to share these uses for orange rinds with your friends to help them save and not waste