Amazing Uses Of Orange Peel
Written by: Janet Early
You should think twice before you toss away that orange peel!
Orange peels have some amazing (and seriously surprising) uses that can greatly help you out around the house and improve your health and lifestyle.
Here are 21 orange peel life hacks that you can start trying out in your home:
1. Remove Tough Microwave Stains
Put some orange peels in a microwave safe bowl, fill with water and heat on high for 5 minutes. The steam from the water will eradicate any buildup while the peels’ citric acid kills the bacteria. After 5 minutes, any leftover stains should rub off easily.
2. Home Deodorizer
Orange peels absorb and neutralize odors with their citric acid, while simultaneously filling your home with the sweet smell of citrus. To eliminate bad food smells or simply freshen up your kitchen, combine orange peels, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a pot of water and simmer on the stove. To deodorize your sink, put a couple orange peels in the sink disposal and let running water wash over them.
3. Flavor Food
To add a zesty citrus taste to your favorite dishes, grate the orange peels and sprinkle them over the other ingredients.
The essential oil derived from the outer layer of the peel is a solvent that effectively cleanses the skin, without the addition of any superfluous chemicals. This oil can be used in soaps, as well as non-water methods of hand sanitation.
5. Remove Water Stains
Rub the peel against stubborn water stains to get that shine back.
6. Insect Repellant
The limonene compound found in citrus fruits drives away pesky insects. To keep them away, grind up some orange peels and sprinkle the grinds around your yard.
The orange oil present on orange peels is frequently extracted to provide perfumes and cleaning products with a pleasant citrusy scent.
8. Relieve Heartburn And Indigestion
If you experience heartburn, indigestion or related symptoms, try simmering 1 to 2 grams of dried orange peel in 3 cups of water (to dry the peels, simply leave them out overnight). The dried outer peel is believed to have medicinal benefits that ease these symptoms, as well as other ailments such as insomnia and constipation.
9. Shine Up Wooden Furniture
Rub the white side of the peel against your furniture to create a clean, shiny appearance.
10. Air Freshener
To freshen the general aroma of your home, grind up dried orange peels using a food processor and assemble them in a sachet (an old pair of pantyhose works too!). Next, place those sachets around your house, especially in areas that tend to get musty, such as drawers, closets or basements.
11. Deodorize A Garbage Disposal
Whenever the smell of your garbage disposal gets a little funky, put an orange peel down the drain and run the disposal for about 30 seconds. The citric acid eliminates odors while the coarse skin of the peel rips apart any food buildup.
12. Brown Sugar Softener
Prevent chunks of your brown sugar from hardening by keeping a peel in the container. The oil from the peel will keep the sugar moist and soft. Replace the peel once a month.
13. Remove Soap Scum
Soak your glassware in a sink full of warm water and a handful of orange peels for 5 minutes before you wash as usual. Afterwards, your glasses will sparkle! The citric acid will have killed the soap scum and mineral deposits that marked up your glassware in the first place.
14. Clean Counters
With orange peels, you can create your own kitchen cleaning products that won’t rank up your home with their harsh smell. Combine 1 orange worth of peels with 1½ cups of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Keep the bottle closed tightly for two weeks, and then open to add in the final ingredient: 1 cup of water. Then, spray around your kitchen as needed. This easy concoction eliminates grease and disinfects without any added chemicals.
15. Natural Body Scrubber
Put some peels inside a cheesecloth and scrub with it in the shower as you would with a loofah. This will both clean your skin and leave you with a teasing hint of fresh citrus scent.
16. Keep Your Cats At Bay
Despite how much we like it, our furry companions just plain dislike the scent of citrus. To use this quirk to your advantage, place some orange peels (ground or whole) in places that you’d prefer to keep your cats away from. For example, you can sprinkle them on the soil of your houseplants to keep your cats from going near and nibbling on the leaves, which can be slightly toxic.
17. Start A Roaring Fire
The oil from orange peels is flammable. To energize a budding fire, toss a few dried out peels on top of the kindling and light it up. Next, lay back and enjoy the flames and the cozy citrus aroma drifting throughout your home.
18. Garbage Deodorizer
To eradicate potential garbage can stanks, put some dried peels at the bottom of the can before you put the bag in. This hack is even more effective when the peels are ground.
19. Eating Them!
Orange peels are edible and a solid source of beneficial nutrients, such as protein, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin A, calcium and beta-carotene. In fact, Purdue University found that the peel has 4x the amount of calcium than the orange fruit itself!
20. Orange-Infused Olive Oil Salad Dressing
To make a homemade tasty and citrusy dressing, combine 1 orange rind, a handful of cranberries and 2 cups of olive oil in a pot. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Cool, strain out the fruit and enjoy!
21. Eliminate Shoe Odors
To keep your shoe game fresh, layer two orange peels each with a pinch of baking soda and place them inside of your sneakers (one in each). Baking soda, like citric acid, is known for its odor-absorbing capabilities.
Know of any other useful life hacks with orange peels, or any other kind of peel? Please share below! More often than not, there are amazing benefits in many things we typically just throw away or let go to waste!
Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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