The one thing all of us do in the winter season is consume a lot of citrus fruits, oranges in particular. It’s the time of the year when your hands smell like orange rinds on daily basis, and mostly, upon peeling the orange, we throw the peels in the garbage.

This is why today we will give you some unique usages of the orange peels that we are certain you haven’t thought of before today!

Usages For Orange Peels

Usages For Orange Peels

  • Make an orange zest. This one is quite self-explanatory. Zesting the orange peels instead of throwing them will provide you with a great way to add some of that tangy taste to your favorite baked goods or meat marinades. The orange zest can even taste good in your afternoon cup of tea or even the morning cup of coffee!
  • You can preserve your brown sugar. If you add some orange peels to your brown sugar then they will draw up the moisture and keep your sugar from solidifying.
  • Try starting a fire! Take a dried orange peel as a kindle next time you’re on a camping trip, or just use it to make your hearth fires fragrant and brighter.
  • You have probably heard of the candied orange peels. They are quite the popular snacks in European countries, and they are really easy to make! So you can prepare yourself orange peels dipped in chocolate, all you need to do is melt some chocolate and cover only one side or both sides of a sugared orange peel.
  • Same goes for the orange candy. The candied orange peels are made by boiling a dried orange peel is sugar for a period of an hour. You can them cover the peels with chocolate as we have already mentioned, or even roll them around in sugar for an even sweeter taste!
  • So, have you ever heard of an orange peel infused olive oil? Give your salad a kick by placing one dried orange peel in your olive oil, making your greens more exciting all the time.
  • You can make orange tea, and you don’t even need tea bags! Simply dry out a few orange peels and place them in some hot water next time you’re up for an orange beverage. The orange tea is also considered to be very effective when you are feeling congested – the citrus is able to open up your sinuses.
  • Create a natural sponge yourself! Believe it or not, the orange peels can be used as a sponge. Before you let the peel dry out completely, it contains some essential oils which are helpful when removing the grease from some surfaces, or even some pots and pans. If your counter or sink are full of grease, scrub it all down with an orange peel.
  • You have probably noticed that the smell of a fresh orange can clear out an entire room. If you place the peels at the bottom of your trash can, or hang them on a string in your bathroom you will get a constant fresh scent.
  • Also, when it comes to cleaning, the orange peels can be great for cleaning your garbage disposal. This is a great way to clean your garbage disposal actually. Just place some peels and run it until it is all clean, then simply run some water down in it. The citrus is able to get rid of any scents coming from your disposal.
  • Do you want to freshen up the air in your kitchen? Boil some orange peels in some hot water, and add some mint or cinnamon stick to it if you want to recreate the smell of a particular air freshener. If you have a fireplace in your home, then you can also place a paper bag filled with orange peels into your fire and your house will smell beautifully.
  • The orange can also serve as a refrigerator deodorant. Cut an orange in half, remove (an eat) the fruit from inside and then fill up half the orange with salt. Then, place it in your fridge and let it sit like that for a week or two, placed in a small bowl.
  • Infuse some vinegar with orange peels and a bit of boiling water in order to make your own citrus cleaner.
  • You can even make your own home candle with some orange peels infused inside of it.
  • Furthermore, make your own topiary tree with some orange peels to create an amazing scented piece of home decor.
  • While you are in the shower, wrap up some orange peels in gauze pads and rub them all over your skin. This kind of a scrub will give you a great scent and will make your skin brighter.
  • You can use the orange peels both as a bath oil and a bath powder. First, for the bath oil, grind up the peels and ferment them in vodka for about three days. After this period had passed, strain the oil and add a few drops of it to your bath. The orange oil contains anti inflammatory properties and abilities to improve the texture and tone of the skin. Second, for the bath powder, completely dry out the orange peels and grind them right down to a paste in a food processor. Do this until they become a powder and then sprinkle some of it on you while you are having your bath.
  • The orange peels can also lower your blood pressure, for they have been an important part of the Chinese medicine for thousands of years just for this purpose.
  • Take some orange oil and rub it on your temples and forehead in order to relieve the anxiety and depression.
  • Cut an orange in half and remove the fruit. Then, near the cut section of the peel make three even holes, attach a piece of string and hang it on a tree. Fill it up with bird seeds and there you go – you have just made your own bird feeder.
  • Mosquito, slug, ant repellant, anything that comes to your mind, just place some orange peels around your garden to repel slugs, around your house to repel ants and rub some on your skin to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Also, to keep the stray cats away from your home and garden, place some orange peels outside. If you have an energetic cat at home that wants to sit everywhere, then just rub some of the orange peels on that particular area or piece of furniture.
  • Finally, you can play with the orange peels and your children. You can make silly teeth, make orange peel jewelry and even orange peel boats! Your children will definitely have fun with them!