Orange peels can be used in various ways. Oranges might be good for boosting your vitamin C intake in winter, but the peel of the fruit is redundant after the fruit is eaten. But we found some handy kitchen and home hacks that you can test out using the peel.
Here are some common uses for orange peels:
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1. Zest up your meals
Use orange zest in recipes for a delicious, fresh tangy hit – they’re great in cakes and salad dressings. Try this Orange cake with orange icing recipe.
2. Stop brown sugar hardening
Add orange peels to brown sugar in the package or when storing. The oils in the peel help to draw the moisture from the sugar and keep it from solidifying.
3.Use orange peels to Make candied orange peel
Candied orange peel makes excellent garnishes on desserts or with chocolate, or dip them in chocolate and devour at will.
4.Use orange peels to Make orange peel-infused olive oil
Make your own zesty, citrus-infused olive oil. It’s perfect with salads or veggies.
5. Drink it in tea
Dry orange peels and add some to tea the next time you brew it. The orange will infuse a subtle citrusy taste into the tea.
Use orange peels to clean the house
6. Turn it into a sponge
Orange peel actually makes a brilliant natural sponge … who knew? If you have a gunky stove or sink, use a fresh orange peel to scrub it – the natural oils are a perfect degreaser and cleaner.
7. Use orange peels to Remove water spots
If your metal appliances and faucets are sporting some unsightly water marks, get your trusty orange peel and rub directly over them to polish them up until they shine.
8. Polish wood
The white side of orange peel can also be used to polish and brighten dull-looking wood furniture. Step aside, Mr Sheen!
9. Use orange peels to DIY non-toxic cleaning spray
To make a brilliant natural cleaner, simply toss some orange peels in a lidded jar and cover with white vinegar. Let it sit in the fridge for a few weeks, shaking it occasionally. Transfer to a spray bottle, shake, and use to clean surfaces, floors and windows. Mmm, citrus fresh!
Use orange peel around the house
10. Whiff buster extraordinaire
Making a fantastic deodoriser around the house. Place some directly in the bottom of a smelly garbage can before you put in a clean garbage bag to stop those bin pongs. Alternatively, grind the peels up in a food processor, and place them in a sachet, small envelope or muslin bag. Place them in drawers, closets, basements, or anywhere else that is prone to getting musty. Stick a couple in some smelly shoes to depong them as well!
11. Make an orange peel candle
This is a fun project you can make with the kids – an orange peel can be transformed into a candle with nothing more than some kitchen oil and a sharp knife!
12. Start a fire
Orange peel makes great kindling, whether for a wood-burning fire or campfire. So bung some in and spark up!
13. Clean your garbage disposal cleaner
If your garbage disposal unit is starting to stink, throw some orange peel down it and run it till it becomes clear. A lovely citrus smell will replace the unpleasant one.
14. Make a bird feeder
Make a bird feeder for your backyard by using the peel of half an orange round. Simply remove the fruit from an orange-half and poke three evenly spaced holes near the cut section of the peel. Attach sturdy string and hang it from a tree. Fill it with bird seed.
Using orange peels – FAQS
1. Can you put orange peels in the garbage disposal?
- Yes, you can.
2. What Can I Do With Orange Peels?
- They are a great resource for creating your own homemade cleaning products and cosmetics.