Orange is packed with nutritional goodness, but if you only eat the pulp and throw away the peels, you're clearly missing out! Check out the 10 amazing things you can do with orange peels.
1. Repel Bugs
Orange peels contain D-Limonene which can damage insects' respiratory system. Try putting the peels around your home to keep the pesky bugs away!
2. Keep Cats Off Furniture
Unlike most of us, felines detest the smell of oranges. If your cat constantly scratches your couch, some orange peels near your pricy furniture can help deter them.
3. Purify The Air
With an invigorating scent, orange peels make a good natural air freshener. Drop some with other spices into boiling water and let them simmer. It won't be long before the aroma fills every corner of your room!
4. Whiten Your Teeth
Orange peels are packed with vitamin C and soluble fiber that help whiten your teeth. Just rub the white part of the peel on your teeth, and let the juice stay on for 3 minutes before brushing it all off.
5. Make A Natural Cleaner
D-Limonene in orange peels is also a natural solvent. Add some peels to a vinegar solution, and there you have it - a homemade chemical-free citrus cleaner!
6. Scrub Greasy Surfaces
You can also use the peel as a sponge to clean any greasy area. For example, rub it against your kitchen sink to help give it a new shine!
7. Clear And Brighten Your Skin
Rich in anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, orange peels work well against acne and dark spots, thus adding a new glow to your skin. Grind some dry peels into powder, mix the powder with milk, and apply the paste to your face. Remember to wash it off after 15-20 minutes!
8. Zest Up Your Meals
Orange zest or skin can bring a tangy and flavorful taste to your meals. Try adding some to your salad dressings or desserts!
9. Brew Flavorful Tea
If you want a citrusy flavor in your tea, dry some orange peels and add them to the tea when you brew it. The refreshing taste will be infused into the beverage.
10. Make Candles
You can also turn the peels into candles to spice up your home decor. Slice an orange in half, scoop out the pulp, and leave the main stem intact. You can light the stem once you fill the peel halfway up with kitchen oil!