So, you’ve just enjoyed a juicy orange and are about to toss the peel? Hold up—there’s a whole world of possibilities for those peels that often go overlooked. From creating your own natural cleaning solutions to whipping up some surprisingly sweet snacks, let’s explore some awesomely creative ways to give those orange peels a second life.

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Candied Orange Peels

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Turn those peels into a sweet treat! Simply boil them in sugar water, then dip in sugar or chocolate. They make a delicious snack or a fancy garnish for desserts and cocktails. It’s a fun way to reduce waste and enjoy something sweet.

Orange Marmalade

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Use the peels to make a zesty orange marmalade. Simmer the peels with sugar and water until it thickens into a tasty spread. Perfect for toast, sandwiches, or even as a glaze for meats, this marmalade will brighten up your meals.

Homemade Cleaner

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Create an eco-friendly cleaner by soaking peels in vinegar for a few weeks. The result is a natural cleaning solution that smells fresh and works wonders on greasy surfaces and windows. It’s a simple, sustainable way to keep your home sparkling.


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For a DIY aromatherapy oil, start by peeling off as much of the white pith from the orange peels as you can, then slice the peels into small pieces. Place these in a jar and cover them with vodka, making sure they’re just submerged. Shake the jar a few times a day for a minimum of three days, then strain out the peels. Leave the jar uncovered to let the alcohol evaporate, leaving you with a fragrant orange oil that’s perfect for soothing the mind and freshening up your space.

Natural Pest Repellent

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Scatter fresh or dried orange peels around your garden or place them in areas where pests are a problem. The citrus scent deters many types of insects, making it a safe and natural way to protect your plants and home from pests.


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The peels can be dried and powdered to use as a natural skin brightening agent. Mix with your regular face pack for an antioxidant-rich treatment that helps to lighten dark spots and give your skin a healthy glow.

Citrus Salt

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Blend dried orange peels with coarse salt to create a flavorful citrus salt. It’s perfect for rimming cocktail glasses or seasoning dishes with a citrusy twist. This easy DIY adds a gourmet touch to your kitchen creations.

Steep with Tea

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Add dried orange peels to your tea leaves for a citrusy kick. Whether you’re brewing a pot of black, green, or herbal tea, a little bit of orange peel adds a refreshing flavor and aroma. It’s a cozy way to upgrade your tea experience.

Zest and Freeze

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Grate the orange peels to get zest and freeze it in an ice cube tray covered with water. Use these zest cubes to add a burst of flavor to drinks, baked goods, or cooking. It’s a smart way to preserve and use the zest anytime you need it.

Infuse Olive Oil

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Submerge the peels in olive oil and let them sit for a few weeks, then strain. This infused oil is fantastic for dressings, marinades, or drizzling over dishes for a subtle orange flavor.

Make a Simmer Pot

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Combine orange peels with spices like cinnamon and cloves in a pot of water. Simmer on the stove to fill your home with a warm, inviting scent. It’s a lovely, natural way to create a cozy atmosphere, especially during colder months.

10 Creative Ways To Use Coffee Grinds You Probably Never Thought Of

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You know those coffee grinds you usually toss out after brewing your morning cup? Turns out, they’re like gold for a bunch of cool and unexpected uses. Here’s a fun list of unique and creative ways to give those grinds a second life, from greening up your garden to jazzing up your skincare routine.

See Them Here: 10 Creative Ways To Use Coffee Grinds You Probably Never Thought Of

13 Surprising Uses For Rolled Oats That Aren’t Just Oatmeal

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If you think oats are just for hot breakfast bowls, think again. We’ve whipped up a list of 13 awesome recipes using rolled oats that show just how versatile they can be. From sweet treats like chocolate-baked oats to savoury snacks like no-bake bites, these creative and unique recipes prove that oats are more than just a one-trick pony.

See Them Here: 13 Surprising Uses For Rolled Oats That Aren’t Just Oatmeal

15 Foods We Hated As Kids But Now Can’t Live Without

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Remember those foods we used to push around on our plates, hoping they’d somehow disappear when we weren’t looking? Now they’ve somehow become the foods we love most. It’s funny how things change once you’re all grown up. This list is a shout-out to those foods we used to avoid like the plague but now find ourselves craving on the regular.

See Them Here: 15 Foods We Hated As Kids But Now Can’t Live Without

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