10 Amazing Uses Of Orange Peel
Do you like oranges? Me too. Oranges are colourful, vibrant fruit that taste great and pack a healthy punch. Oranges can reduce your risk of developing certain cancers, prevent kidney disease, lower bad cholesterol, boost heart health, and they can also take good care of your eyesight. They’re awesome.
If you’re like most people, you probably finish off your orange before discarding the peel in the bin. That’s normal, right? It’s normal, but it also means you’re not getting smart about your orange.
See, an orange’s usefulness continues even after you’ve eaten it. Its peel, far from turning into nothing more than a piece of trash as soon as it’s fallen from the luscious fruit, is actually fanatically versatile and performs numerous functions.
Here are 10 amazing uses of orange peel for your perusal:
Orange Peel Can Replace All Those Expensive Skin Creams
I’m sure you care a great deal about your skin care regime as much as I do, and indeed as much as all women do. As our body’s larges and most visible organ, it’s important that we take good care of our skin so that we continue feeling and looking our best.
As such, many of don’t mind spending a lot of money on expensive skin creams. We’d rather not, but we know we have to if we’re going to look after our skin.
However, there is a much cheaper alternative, and it comes in the form of orange peel, which soaks up toxins and oils, leaving your skin looking as fresh and glowing as ever.
You even use it as a DIY face mask!
Orange Peel Can Preserve Brown Sugar
Brown sugar is great for adding a bit of taste to your beverages. I add half a teaspoon to my cup of tea now and then.
But the problem with brown sugar is that, because it often comes in such a big packet, it can soon solidify before you’ve finished the packet. Not cool.
To stop this from happening, add your trusty orange peels to the packet.
Orange Peel Banishes Those Pesky Moths And Mosquitoes
Especially if you live in a warm climate (or if it’s summer where you are right now), mosquitoes and moths are probably a daily problem. From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, you have to fend off random attacks from flying insects so that you don’t get bitten.
And, boy, do you know about it when you get bitten!
And sometimes the attacks don’t stop once you get into bed. Mosquitoes – who apparently never ever sleep! – keep on coming even as you’re snoozing.
Fortunately, orange peel can help. All you need to do for this hack is place a peel next to any window where mosquitos and moths are known to enter and wait for it to repel them with its odour.
Orange Peels Can Start Fires!
No, I’m not suggesting that you turn into an arsonist who burns down buildings with an orange peel. But if you’re ever on a camping trip and you guys have no wood with which to start a fire, you can save the day.
“Fear not, guys. Because I’ve brought along my trusty orange peel!”
And then you can whip out your orange peel and look really awesome as you use it get a fire going.
Orange Peel Promotes Healthy Hair
Combine water with orange peel before leaving overnight.
The next day, apply it to your mane to eliminate dandruff and potentially stimulate hair growth.
Orange Peel Combats Shoe Odour
Smelly feet are horrible, right? For the purposes of this article, let’s pretend that it isn’t you who has a shoe odour problem. Let’s pretend that it’s your partner.
So alarmed – and disgusted – are you by your partner’s awful shoe odour that you’re now prepared to line his shoes with orange peel. It’s a bit of a last resort, but hey – you’ll try anything to get rid of that nauseating smell.
And orange peel really is effective. All you need to do is sprinkle some baking soda on the peel before slipping it inside the offending shoes overnight. The peel will absorb the odours so that you don’t have to!
Orange Peel Can Actually Be Eaten
You might have already heard a few Chinese whispers that orange peel can be consumed. But you’ve never believed them.
Yup, orange peel is edible and digestible. It has a zingy taste to it, but if you find the idea abhorrent, why not do what Europeans do and dip it in chocolate? It’s a gorgeous treat!
Orange Peel Is A Fab House Cleaner
Did you know that everyday household cleaners are actually riddled with nasty toxins? In fact, they are among the worst offenders when it comes to our exposure to toxins that can cause allergies to erupt.
Among the potentially harmful ingredients in household cleaners are triclosan, phthalates, and quaternary ammonium. You may not have heard of any of these, but none of them are what you could call good for you.
Instead, why not clean with orange peel, an entirely natural produce that is free from harmful substances?
All you need to do is mix together a handful of orange peels with a few cups of organic white vinegar. Let it freeze for about a week, before using it to give your home a shine. It works a treat!
Orange Peel Can Remove Water Stains
Water stains are SO annoying. When they appear on your furniture, you might be inclined to think ‘oh they will go soon. After all, it’s just water, right?’
But no. They will not just go away. Unless you tackle them, they will stay for ever.
Using orange peel to scrub water stains away is easy and effective. All you need to do is dab a bit of peel on the stain and voila. It’s gone!
Orange Peel Makes Your Garbage Smell Sweet
Okay, garbage disposals smell horrid. Of course they do. But by adding vinegar to you orange peels before dumping them in your refuse bin, you can actually make the whole bin smell a lot sweeter.