How To Recycle & Reuse Leftover Fruit Peels

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How To Recycle & Reuse Leftover Fruit Peels

Written by: Lindsay Sibson

Bananas, lemons and oranges – OH MY!

Once peeled, these juicy and delicious fruits make for the perfect snack – BUT, you most likely throw away their peels.

INSTEAD, put those peels to good USE by recycling and reusing them all throughout your house.

From your kitchen to your bathroom, HERE is how you can reuse fruit peels:


Clean Your Coffee Pot & Tea Kettle
  • Coffee Pot: To make your coffee pot shine, add ice, salt and lemon rinds to it (when empty)
    • Swirl around for 2 minutes
    • Dump out mixture and rinse well with water
  • Tea Kettle: To get rid of mineral deposit build up fill the kettle with water and a handful of lemon peels
    • Bring to a boil
    • Turn off heat and let sit for an hour
    • Drain and rinse well
Clean Greasy Messes
  • Sprinkle area with baking soda (as an abrasive) and then rub with juiced lemon halves
    • Test on a small area of sensitive surfaced FIRST to ensure it doesn’t damage the area (such as marble)
  • To learn  how to clean your house using LEMON PEELS – Click HERE


Natural Moisturizer
  • Rub the fleshy part (inside) of an avocado peel on your face for a rich moisturizer.
Body Exfoliator
  • Sprinkle sugar on the flesh side of banana peels
    • Use as a soft, exfoliating loofa
    • Rub gently all over your body to remove dry skin
    • Rinse off in the shower after
Teeth Whitener
  • Cut a 1 inch strip of orange peel
  • Cover your teeth with the pith (inside) facing you
    • Rub it back and forth
    • The acid on the peel will help brighten your teeth
  • Gently brush your teeth 15 minutes after (brushing right away could damage your tooth enamel weakened by the acid)
  • Click HERE for more orange peel beauty uses


Make Citrus Powder Extract
  • Make zest or twists using lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit peels
  • Remove the pith and allow to dry:
    • 3-4 days for twists
    • 1-2 days for zest
  • Put the dried peels into a blender and pulverize into a powder
    • Store in a clean jar
Make Lemon Pepper
  • Mix lemon extract powder (from the directions above) with freshly cracked pepper
    • Great on fishes, chicken and veggies


Ant Repellent
  • Place cucumber peels where ants are entering your home
    • Ants do not like cucumber and will stay away!
  • Safe alternative when kids or pets are in the home
Fire Kindling
  • Any type of citrus peel makes a great kindling to start a fire 

Do you have something to add to the list? Please SHARE with us in the comment section below!



Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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