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Waste not want not – 3 ways to use orange peels

David and I are really embracing our time at home and have been playing around with recipes and are constantly googling what to do with things. I discovered you can use sour milk to make cottage cheese. We had 2 litres go sour and it made the most delicious cottage cheese! Then over the weekend we received our fruit box and it had loads of oranges in so Kiara decided to make orange juice, which left a pile of orange peels that I had to find a use for! There are apparently so many things you can do with the simple orange peel.

I found a few uses that are particularly useful for us.

Cleaner: I fulled some glass jars with the peels and then added vinegar and have left them in the fridge for a few days. This can be used as a citrus scented cleaner around the house. I only use natural cleaners around the house so this one was really exciting.

Keep the ants and cats away: The internet says that you can ground up the peels in your food processor and then sprinkle the peels where the ants are coming in. We have such an ant problem so I have sprinkled the ground up peel around the area they are coming it. It does seem to keeping them at bay.

We have had an influx of the neighbours cats now that we don’t have Lucy anymore. We don’t mind them but they walk around the veggie garden which is not ideal. They apparently don’t like the citrus scent of oranges so they stay away. David has added some orange peels to his garden. I will report back if it did actually work.

Air freshener: The ground up orange peels can be added into little muslin bags and used to freshen up musty drawers and cupboards. Instead of doing that I fulled up little glass bottles we had and have popped them in the kitchen and our bathroom. The smell is amazing. I am not sure how long it is going to last but for now it is making a massive difference.

You can also make a candle from an orange peel, you don’t need a wick you use olive or cooking oil and the whole peel of the orange. That is next on our list to try out.

What interesting things have you discovered during lock down?



  1. Milaya
    4 May, 2020 / 7:12 am

    These are so great! I can’t wait to try the air freshener.

  2. Rebecca Jayne
    4 May, 2020 / 11:37 am

    These are some great ideas, we always bin our orange peels. Now I feel very wasteful.

  3. 4 May, 2020 / 1:58 pm

    I never knew you could use them as a candle! It must smell so refreshing

  4. 4 May, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    It is great to be able to repurpose things instead of just throwing them away. I will have to give some of these a try!

  5. 4 May, 2020 / 4:54 pm

    My absolute favourite household cleaner! I love the air freshener idea. How long has the scent lasted?

  6. 4 May, 2020 / 7:54 pm

    Such great ideas to make use of orange peels. We use our orange peels in our homemade teas. Great for when you’re feeling sick.

  7. 5 May, 2020 / 3:50 pm

    Great ideas! I always hate the feeling that I am wasting something good like this.

  8. 5 May, 2020 / 4:23 pm

    I cant believe so many ways to repurpose orange peels. I just throw them away. Thank you for this.

  9. 6 May, 2020 / 1:36 am

    that is so cool.. i will definitely try them in our garden.. and we recently made candied orange peels, or rather my 14 yo made them and i enjoyed them..

  10. 7 May, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    WHATTT! I always throw them away, I had no idea I can use them wow

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