8 Unique Uses For Orange Peels

Do you have a bag of orange peels in your kitchen trash can? If so, you’re wasting a valuable resource! Orange peels have many uses, both practical and cosmetic.

I’m going to cover some of the best ways to make use of orange peels. So before you throw them away next time, read on for some great ideas!

Orange Peel Stops Brown Sugar from Hardening

Like most people, you probably have a container of brown sugar in your pantry. But what happens when that sugar starts to harden? I’ve found orange peel works amazingly at stopping brown sugar from going hard!

Place the orange peel in the bag and seal it shut. The orange peel will absorb moisture from the air and help soften the sugar.

Make Homemade Orange Cleaner

My absolute favorite thing to use orange peels for is a non-toxic, natural household cleaner.

Orange cleaner is an excellent alternative to toxic chemicals, and it smells incredible.

To make orange cleaner, mix together equal parts orange peel and white vinegar. Store the mixture in a glass jar and use it as needed.

1. Start by mixing equal parts orange peel and white vinegar.

2. Store the mixture in a glass jar.

3. Use it as needed!

Gomestic Tip: This cleaner will leave your counters smelling amazing, but it should not be used in place of kitchen cleaners advertised as disinfectants. While white vinegar is an amazing cleaner, great for tough stains and grime, it’s less effective as a disinfectant.

Orange Peel Scented Lotion

If you suffer from dry skin, orange peel olive oil lotion is for you!

The orange peel and olive oil create a nourishing and moisturizing lotion that will leave your soft, silky and hopefully glowing!

To make the lotion, combine 1/4 cup of orange peel and 1/4 cup of olive oil in a blender. Blend them until the mixture is smooth, and then transfer it to a glass jar.

Amazing Tea Flavouring

One of my favorites! Orange peel can be used to add a delicious orangey, zesty flavor to your tea.

To make orange peel tea, place a piece of orange peel in your teacup and steep as usual. I’d also recommend adding a little bit of honey in to add a bit of sweetness; great for a cold winter’s day!

If you’re a big tea drinker, then you should check out all the other wonderful uses for tea we’ve come across over the years.

Humans have been sipping citrus-infused tea for 100’s of years, with a notable use as a drink used to ward off scurvy during long sea voyages!

Non-Toxic Cleaning Spray

If you’re looking for an all-natural alternative to toxic cleaning products, orange peel cleaner is a great option!

To make the cleaner, mix together orange peel and white vinegar together. Store the mixture in a glass jar and use it as needed.

You’ll need to let it sit for a few weeks, so it’s not an instant cleaning spray, but one that works well if you’re patient!

Orange Peel-Scented Candles

If you love the smell of citrus, then you’ll love orange peel candles!

To make orange peel candles, combine 1/4 cup of orange peels and 1/4 cup of beeswax in a double boiler. Melt the mixture together, stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove from heat and pour into molds. Allow the candles to harden, and enjoy!

Polishing Wood Around the House

You won’t believe this, but orange peels can also be used to polish wood around the house!

You just need to grab a bit of orange peel and rub it into the wood. The natural oils in the orange peel will help to bring out the shine and protect the wood from scratches.

It’s important to note I’m talking about the white bit of the orange, not the orangey bit!

Use the inside (white) side of the peel to polish correctly.

Clean Kitchen Appliances

Orange peels are also beneficial around the kitchen; they’re great at removing water spots, among other things, from your metallic kitchen appliances.

Take a piece of orange peel and rub it into the stainless steel. The natural oils in the orange peel will help remove fingerprints and smudges, leaving your appliances shiny and new.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does boiling orange peels do?

Boiling orange peels creates a natural orange-scented cleaner. It can be used to clean surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom.

Can I use orange peel on my face daily?

Yes, orange peel can be used on your face daily. It is a natural way to exfoliate your skin and remove dead cells. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce swelling and irritation.

Is orange peel good for hair?

Yes, orange peel is good for hair. It can help to remove dandruff and build-up from your scalp. Additionally, orange peel can help to boost circulation and promote hair growth.


Orange peel can be helpful around the house in many ways. It can be used as a natural cleaner to polish wood, remove water spots, clean kitchen appliances, and exfoliate your skin. Additionally, orange peel can help to boost circulation and promote hair growth.

Orange peel is a versatile and natural way to clean your home, so stop throwing it away and use it!

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