Warmer weather is here and thoughts turn to refreshing citrus fruits such as oranges. The flesh of the orange is tasty but orange peels are also used for cooking and many other purposes. In fact, inmates in a Maine jail were recently caught smoking orange peels despite the ban on smoking in prison. While smoking isn't good for your health, don't throw away those orange peels yet. Consider these 20 fresh ways to recycle them for use around the house.
Oranges Around the Home and Garden
Recently some Androscoggin County Jail inmates in Maine were found smoking dried orange peels and banana peels. Now the kitchen staff will be serving fruit without its peels. Often smokers add orange peels to their pipe tobacco for a dash of flavor and scent. Either way, smoking is bad for your health and there are better ways to use orange peels such as:
1. Are the bugs starting to bug you now that spring has sprung? Simply rub an orange peel on your skin to keep the bugs away. It makes your skin smell wonderful and the bugs won't like it – although your partner may love it! (Did you know food scents were deemed to be the most attractive by men in a blind scent test? So much for all those floral fragrances on my dresser!)
2. Do your beloved fur babies love to mibble on your plants? It can be dangerous for them or deprive you of herbs you're growing for various recipes. You can rub orange peel on your plant leaves once or twice a month to deter pets from taking a taste.
3. Spring is here and it's time to start a new compost pile to feed your gardens. Toss your orange peels onto the compost pile to make your soil even more fertile. They also add a pleasant scent to the other smelly stuff you put on the compost heap.
4. Does your brown sugar turn clumpy like mine? It seems as soon as I open the package, it starts to form clumps. The same happens to certain spices. If yours are getting clumpy too, just put a small piece of orange peel in the storage container. The moisture helps to make sugar and spices softer and fluffier.
5. Do you like to build a backyard or indoor fire on cool spring evenings? Use orange peels as kindling. If you ever waited for the kids to gather twigs, the process can be time-consuming – especially if you've built a fire the night before. Simply toss the orange peels in and watch the fire burn. Best of all, the scent is fanastic.
6. Does the smell of lighter fluid make you feel sick? Start fires using orange peels instead. The oil in the peel is quite flammable and will help feed your fire right away. The scent sure beats the chemical aroma of lighter fluids.
7. Are your neighbor's cats starting to use your garden as a kitty litter box? Keep them away the kind way by placing orange peels around your garden and the perimeter of your home. Another big bonus of putting orange peels around your garden – they deter slugs! I'm all for it.
8. Are the ants marching one by one on your picnic table and the last thing you want to say is “hurrah?” Add orange peels to your picnic basket and place them around the area before you put out the food. They will keep ants out of your basket and away from your eating space.
9. Nothing is more beautiful than a centerpiece or arrangement with flowers and fruit. Add orange peels to your dried flower arrangements for a lovely and fragrant touch. They can be cut into different designs and patterns to make bouquets even more beautiful.
10. Do you use dried flowers from your garden to make natural potpourri? It's a wonderful way to bring fresh scents into your home. Add a few orange peels to make your homemade potpourri last longer and smell even fresher.
11. Do your garbage cans smell nasty no matter how much you clean them or spray deodorizer? Keep them smelling fresh the natural way. Place orange peels in the bottom of the garbage can before you put the trash liner in. Another bonus is their ability to deter icky bugs.
12. Did you know orange peels make great scrubbers? Instead of struggling with a sponge, use an orange peel to scrub away stubborn grime on your stove top, pots and pans.
13. Are you looking for a fresh way to add flavor to your salads and pasta? Mix olive oil with orange peels for a whole new taste. Visit my article outlining 20 unique ways to use olive oil to find out more about ways to use this essential oil. Orange peels can also be used as orange zest to add flair to a variety of baked goods.
14. Place orange peels in a container with white vinegar and let them sit for a a few weeks. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use it to clean counters, table tops and more. Recently I also reported how lemons are excellent to use for cleaning purposes.
Orange Peels for Beauty
Much like many other foods, orange peels can be used to make you more beautiful. Here are a few natural ways to boost your appearance:
15. Do you want more glowing skin? Make an exfoliating scrub using orange peels and cornmeal with this simple recipe from eHow. Below is a video showing how to make an orange peel facial mask to help reduce blemishes and get rid of facial oil.
16. The scent of citrus is both refreshing and alluring. Add a few orange peels to your bath for smooth skin and a healthy dose of aromatherapy to boost your mood. Your partner is sure to notice.
17. Here's another way to use the power you made from orange peels. If you have dark spots from sitting in the spring sun, use the powder from two orange peels mixed with milk to make a paste. Leave it on your face for about 20 minutes than rinse with cool water. It bleaches your skin naturally and also helps minimize enlarged pores. This mix can also eliminate the harsh look of tan lines.
18. Keep the sensational citrus scent going after your bath. Make your own bath powsder from dried orange peels. Pound them with a mortar and pestle to get the good stuff. Sprinkle it on after you bath and smell absolutely divine.
19. Orange peels offer aromatherapy benefits if you're feeling stressed or depressed. Uplift your mood by boiling orange peels and let the scent emanate throughout the house. Use them in baths and potpourri to boost your mood wherever you go.
20. Use the inside of orange peels to whiten your teeth. Simply rub the inside, cleaned part of an orange peel against your teeth to brighten your smile. Rinse with water afterwards to reduce the acid in your mouth.
Who knew orange peels could be so useful? Orange you glad we told you? (I could not resist this classic pun.) Do you know other ways to use orange peels? Share them in the comments section below!
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