What To Do With Orange Peels

By Liesl Clark

Citrus Peels Have Many Reuses. Photo © Molly McCoy

Citrus Peels Have Many Reuses. Photo © Molly McCoy

Orange peel skin, and citrus peel in general, whether it’s dried orange peel or fresh, is a versatile material used widely from the kitchen, to the garden, and in the fireplace. Here are our top 20 orange peel uses to entice you to keep them out of your trash.

1) Make a natural cleaning product. It will work wonders in your house and office and is really easy to make. Saves a bundle, too.

DIY All-Purpose Household Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Household Cleaner

2) Make spiced candied orange peel and give it as a gift.

3) Create an orange peel candle.

4) Orange peel roses look beautiful as a centerpiece.

5) Orange peel essential oil is a really strong ingredient to add to any natural house cleaning product.

6) Orange peels in water make a great insect repellant for the home. Keep ’em out!

7) Try your luck with an orange peel sugar scrub to kiss winter skin goodbye.

8) Dry your orange peels and use as kindling. They’re naturally flammable and burn longer than your ordinary stick.

9) Squeeze orange peels onto your dryer lint to enhance their ability as fire starter fodder.

10) Put all your orange peels in the compost for natural fertilizer for your garden.

11) Use your peels for orange zest in recipes.

12) Place some dried peels in your old brown sugar to make sure it doesn’t solidify due to moisture.

13) Dried orange peels can extend the life of your potpourri.

14) Orange peel deodorizer: Put a few orange peels in the bottom of your trash cans. They are a great deodorizer.

15) Natural mosquito repellent: Try rubbing orange peels over your skin to deter those bugs.

16) Make an orange peel bird feeder for the birds.

17) Simmer with your favorite whole spices like allspice, cinnamon, and cloves to create a lovely aroma in your home.

18) Make some cool looking orange peel teeth for Halloween.

19) Occasionally put an orange peel down into the garbage disposal to clean out your disposal and make it smell fresh.

20) Craft some adorable orange peel boats with the kids!

Don’t stop at 20! We have more great orange peel uses awaiting you at our Trash Backwards app:

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10 Comments on “What To Do With Orange Peels”

  1. April 25, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    I use my orange peel as zest and for composting. thanks for listing out the other uses as well,very informative. thanks

  2. April 25, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    I use my citrus peel to keep my garbage disposal and pipes smelling clean.

  3. January 5, 2015 at 6:17 am #

    With my recent obsession with freshly squeezed orange juice, I always have orange rind around the house. So after I juice my oranges, I keep some rind in a ziploc bag and store them in the fridge. That way, whenever the garbage disposal is getting a wee-bit stinky, I drop a couple rinds and return back to an odor-free kitchen.

  4. October 5, 2015 at 5:58 am #

    Amazing list. My advice is to put some orange peels in your fridge. Later you could drop them in your garbage disposal if you want to clean it. They will make it smell fantastic. Thank you for sharing your list. Greets!


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