During wintertime and most of spring we love eating citrus with orange being a particular favorite. This means that a lot of peels will end up being thrown in the trash. This is a big shame, since there are loads of unique uses for orange rinds that you may not have thought of! Here are five of them!
As a natural body scrub
Wrap up some orange peels in gauze pads and rub them on your skin while you are in the shower. The scrub will brighten your skin and give it a great smell.
As a bath oil
Extract the oil from the orange peels by grinding up the peels and fermenting them with vodka or alcohol for about 3 days. Strain the oil and add a few drops to your bath. Orange oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its ability to improve skin tone and texture.
As a natural sponge
Orange peels can be used as a sponge too! Before the peel completely dries out, it contains a number of essential oils that are helpful in degreasing surfaces as well as pots and pans. If your sink or counter is full of grease, use an orange peel to scrub it down.
To keep cats away
If you have a cat at home that tends to get into things it shouldn't, you can rub the peels or place them (or rub orange oil) near the dear things in your home (like your sofa).
To make orange peels dipped in chocolate
Boil a dried orange peel in sugar for about an hour. Melt some chocolate (milk or bitter) in a double boiler. Cover one or all sides of the sugared peel with the melted chocolate and let it cool. Place it in the fridge to solidify. And it is ready!