12 great uses for those citrus peels you’re about to toss out

Wait! Before you throw away that orange peel, consider repurposing it for a handy use around the house. Citrus peels of all kinds have a wonderful smell and hidden powers that make them great for little projects. Here are 12 ways to repurpose that peel.

  1. Improve your trash can smell: Toss a few peels at the bottom of your can for a cheap and easy fresher smell.
  2. Firestarter: Dried out peels make great fire starters for your next camping trip or even a backyard fire pit. Leave them out to dry at room temperature or dry them in the oven at a low temperature.
  3. DIY breath freshener: Chewing on some of the pith, the white part of a fresh peel, is a quick trick for fresher breath. 
  4. Boost your bath time: The essential oils in citrus peels have been linked to increased mood. Toss a couple in next time you take a relaxing soak.
  5. Garnish your drink: Dried peels are a delicious and visually appealing addition to a cup of tea or cocktail. Just scrape off as much of the pith as you can before drying.
  6. Household cleaner: Soaking citrus peels in vinegar for a couple of weeks and then mixing with equal parts water makes a great household cleaner without the strong vinegar smell. 
  7. Seasoning: Grind up dried lemon peels and combine with pepper and salt for a homemade lemon pepper seasoning. 
  8. Air freshener: Love that citrus smell? Boil peels in the water on your stovetop for a better smelling home. 
  9. A great recipe addition: Candied citrus peels last for months and are delicious in drinks, baked goods, or just on their own.
  10. Body scrubs: Grind up dried peels and add them to sugar, salt, or coffee body scrub for a great smell and added vitamin C health benefits.
  11. Cocktail addition: Commonly used in an old-fashioned, soaking citrus peels in sugar and then pressing them to release oils is a fancy and delicious addition to quarantine cocktail hour. 
  12. Drawer freshener: Much like lavender, citrus peels can be dried and placed in an old sock or sachet in your drawers to give your clothes a beautifully fresh citrus scent.

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