Dont` Throw Away Those Orange Peels! – 28 DIY Uses

28 Creative Uses for Orange Peels

The winter season is all about citrus fruit and oranges in particular. That means a lot of hands will be stinky from orange rinds, and a lot of rinds will be thrown in the trash. Here are some unique uses for orange rinds that you may not have thought of!

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1. Orange Zest

This is probably the most self-explanatory of all the uses for orange peels. Zesting an orange peel with a shredder is a great way to add a sweet and tangy taste to your meat marinades or favorite baked goods. Orange zest can even taste great in your morning cup of coffee or afternoon cup of tea!

2. Preserve Brown Sugar

Add your orange peels to brown sugar to help draw the moisture away from the sugar and keep it from solidifying.

3. Start a Fire

This fire-colored fruit can also be used to start a fire! Use a dried orange peel as kindling the next time you are on a camping trip, or make your hearth fires fragrant and bright.

4. Make Orange Peels Dipped in Chocolate

A wonderful delicacy, candied orange peels are a popular after-meal snack in a number of European cultures, and they are quite easy to make! Just melt some chocolate and cover one or all sides of a sugared orange peel.

5. Make Orange Peel Candy

Candied orange peels are made by boiling a dried orange peel in sugar for about an hour. You can then cover them in chocolate as mentioned above, or roll them around in sugar for an even sweeter taste!

6. Orange Peel Infused Olive Oil

If you want to give your salads a kick, place one dried orange peel in your olive oil and your greens will be much more exciting.

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7. Make Orange Tea

No need for tea bags here! Dry out a few orange peels and place them in hot water next time you are craving a warm ‘orangey’ beverage. Orange tea is also great for when you are feeling congested – the citrus will open up your sinuses.

8. Create a Natural Sponge

Orange peels can be used as a sponge too! Before the peel completely dries out, it contains a number of essential oils that are helpful in degreasing surfaces as well as pots and pans. If your sink or counter is full of grease, use an orange peel to scrub it down.

9. Deodorizer

It’s no secret that the smell of a freshly peeled orange can clear out a room. Instead of shocking people with the strong smell of orange, place the peels at the bottom of your garbage bin, or hang the peels from a string in your bathroom for fresh scents all the time.

10. Garbage Disposal Cleaner

A great way to clean out your garbage disposal is by putting orange peels down the disposal. Place them in the disposal and run it until clear, then run some water down after it. The citrus will get rid of any yucky scents coming from the disposal.

11. Air Freshener

Boil orange peels in hot water to help fresh the air in the kitchen. You can also add a cinnamon stick or mint into the mix if you want to recreate the smell of air fresheners. If you have a fire going at home, place a paper bag filled with dried orange peels into the fire and your house will smell wonderful.


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12. Refrigerator Deodorizer

Orange is also an excellent deodorizer for your refrigerator. Cut an orange in half and remove the fruit from inside (eat it!). Then, fill up the half orange with salt and put it in a small bowl in your refrigerator for up to a week or two.

13. Citrus Cleaner

You can make your own citrus cleaner by infusing vinegar with orange peels with a bit of boiling water.

14. Orange Peel Candle

Make a candle at home with orange peels infused inside.

15. Topiary Tree

Make your own topiary tree with orange peels for a great smelling piece of home decor.

16. Body Scrub

Wrap up the orange peels in gauze pads and rub them on your skin while you are in the shower. The scrub will brighten your skin and give it a great smell.

17. Bath Oil

Extract the oil from the orange peels by grinding up the peels and fermenting them with vodka or alcohol for about 3 days. Strain the oil and add a few drops to your bath. Orange oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as for improving the skin tone and texture.

18. Bath Powder

Dry out the orange peels completely and then grind them down to paste in the food processor. Do this until the rinds become a fine powder and then sprinkle only a bit in your bath.


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19. Lowers Blood Pressure

Orange rinds can be used to lower blood pressure. They have been a part of Chinese herbal medicines for thousands of years for this purpose.

20. Suppresses Depression and Anxiety

Orange oil can be used to naturally relieve anxiety and depression by taking a bath or rubbing just a bit on the temple and forehead area.

21. Make a Bird Feeder

To make a natural bird feeder that the birds will just love, cut an orange in half and remove the fruit. Take the orange half and poke 3 evenly spaced holes near the cut section of peel. There, attach a sturdy piece of string and hang it from a tree. Fill the empty orange peel with bird seed and wait for your flying visitors to pile in!

22. Mosquito Repellant

If you are looking for a natural way to repel mosquitos, take fresh orange peels and rub them all over your skin. The citrusy smell will repel the mosquitos.

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23. Slug Repellant

If you have a slug problem in your garden, try spreading some orange peels on top of the soil to shoo them away.

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24. Ant Repellant

Place orange peels in problem areas of your house where you usually experience an ant problem. Orange oil can also be used instead of peels if you are worried about them rotting.

25. Keep Stray Cats Away

If you want to keep stray cats away from your home, place orange peels outside because they don’t like the smell. If you have a cat at home that tends to get into things it shouldn’t, you can rub the peels or place them (or rub orange oil) near the dear things in your home (like your sofa).

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26. Make Silly Teeth

Orange peels can be used to make funny teeth with kids that they put in their mouth. Just cut off a slice of an orange, eat the fruit, and then carve out fun designs from the peel. Have the children walk around with the peel covering their teeth and they are sure to have a great time.

27. Orange Peel Boats

Cut an orange in half, remove the fruit and use the halves as little boats in the bathtub or out on the lake!

28. Orange Peel Jewelry

Make fragrant and fun jewelry with the little princesses you know entirely out of orange peels!

Don’t throw away those orange peels!

I do not know if all of these will make it to your list of things to do with orange peels but some of these are great ideas and also cuts down on waste for all.



About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on January 5, 2015, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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