Trust us: 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 citrusy peels.
For instance, orange peels can be used to create a fresh, non-toxic DIY cleaner that you can use around the home in place of your store-bought brand (such a good money-saver!). 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 sugar scrub to soothe dry skin. Or create a unique candle that burns for hours–and is totally wallet-friendly (and by that, we mean free!).
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Go ahead, eat that juicy orange–but before you toss the peel in the trash, STOP! There are plenty of genius uses for peels that will save you money and time.
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 build-up (and is also quite pretty!). (Get the instructions!)
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
orange peel protect pets
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
Ward Off Insects
Mosquitoes, roaches, and the like can't stand the smell of orange oil. Blend dried peels and water, and save the mixture in a spray bottle for a natural bug repellent.