What to do with orange peels

What to do with orange peelsWhat to do with orange peel. Image: NF Guzenko Shutterstock

Many people throw orange peels in the trash. However, it is a very usable part of the fruit. You can use it for infusions, salads, as a repellent, among many other uses.

Oranges are one of the most consumed fruits in the world, but their skins are often wasted. The sad thing is that it contains phytochemicals and flavonoids which are very beneficial for health.


How to use orange peel.

Enzymatic detergent.

A good, effective and environmentally friendly detergent that can be used for many things in different quantities. Here is the recipe.

Clean and polish stainless steel.

Rub to shine and eliminate bad odors. It can be used for pots and sinks.

Repellent against mosquitoes and ants.

Insects do not like citrus smells. It is also convenient to use it in the refrigerator to eliminate unpleasant odors. It is enough to put the shell with a little salt for two weeks.


Orange flour.

In the previous video you can see how to get orange flour, you can use it for example to make cookies.

Candied orange peel.

Learning how to make candied orange peels is a fairly simple process and one that we can do quite quickly. Instructions.

Orange peel marmalade.

Marmalade with orange zest. Image: lizabarbiza Shutterstock

Here you have the recipe to prepare it, if you like candied orange you cannot miss it.

Orange peel tea.

You will need a teaspoon of dried orange peel, a quarter liter of natural water, cinnamon sticks and sweetener. Peel an orange, cut it into small pieces. Let it dry.

Bring the water to a boil and add a tablespoon of dried husk. Cook for ten minutes, add the cinnamon and a tablespoon of sugar.

The benefits of the infusion are:

You consume hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones.

They are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that can relieve arthritis, joint pain, redness and swelling.

With pectin.

It can help keep our blood sugar levels stable. It allows probiotic bacteria to grow in the gut, which supports the immune system.

Vitamin C.

It contains more vitamin C than the orange itself, so it is good to help speed up the healing of a cold.

Brush your teeth.

Gently rub an orange peel on your teeth to freshen breath and help keep them white.


Gently scrub during the bath to remove impurities and promote circulation.


Wash the shells well. Toss with olive oil and add to accompany salads.

Orange peel air freshener.

Homemade aroma of Orange, Cinnamon and Spices.

We can use the orange to make homemade flavorings with cinnamon and spices.

We will need one orange, two cinnamon sticks (or 2 tsp ground cinnamon), 1/2 tbsp cloves (or 1/8 tsp ground cloves), 1/2 tsp pepper (or 1/4 teaspoon allspice), 1 tablespoon star anise (optional).

Orange peel silk.

Orange peels are a by-product that is now used to make an eco-friendly and sustainable fabric. A fabric which, in a high degree of purity, is similar to the silk already used by luxury designers in the competitive world of fashion. More information orange fiber.

Roses with orange peel.

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“Orange Roses” you can decorate with a fantastic mix of dried flower petals. You can design and make your own eco-friendly decorative patterns yourself. Learn how to make them here.

How to dehydrate orange peel and pulverize it.


And you, what do you do with orange peels?

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