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How To Recycle Orange Peels

Updated on July 3, 2015
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Orange is a wonderful citrus fruit. Sweet and sometimes sour, juicy and full of vitamin C. They are delicious for snack. Orange juice makes a great beverages and the orange itself is so versatile that it can be used as a recipe ingredient.

Of all fruits in the market, oranges seems to be the favorite in our house.

And, because we always have an abundant peels after enjoying this juicy and refreshing fruit, I’ve gotten used to the idea of recycling the orange peels instead of just tossing them in the bin, which actually helps neutralize the odor of the garbage.

So, eat your oranges and waste not want not!

Did you know?

The word "orange" is one of the few English words that does not rhyme with anything?

Orange scent can put you to a happy mood
Orange scent can put you to a happy mood

So, from my house to yours, here are some of the magical uses of orange peels:

1. Fire Starter for BBQ pit or grill - Dried orange peel makes a great fire starter due to its highly flammable limonene-an eco-friendly carbon compound. So, throw out some peels on your grill to kindle the fire and tease your neighbor with your citrus-smelling smoked BBQ.

Orange peel as fire starter
Orange peel as fire starter

2. Candle Holder - Flies and mosquitoes don't like the scent of oranges. So, when squeezing orange for its fresh juice, cut the orange into halves. It would look like a bowl. Save the peel and use it as a tea candle holder. It can be a good votive candle holder and is perfect for the patio table. This is also very handy for picnic. You can also make your own oil lamp with the peel.

Fragrant orange peel looks pretty as candle holder
Fragrant orange peel looks pretty as candle holder | Source

3. Potted plant toppings – Cats don’t like the smell of orange. So, if you put the peels around your houseplants, kitties will stay away from it and will not mess up with the dirt or soil. It also creates a decorative and colorful look on your pot or plant while it covers the soil.

Re-use as soil toppings
Re-use as soil toppings | Source

4. Home Scents - Place the peels in cloth bag or sachet. Put it in your closet and let it dry naturally. You could also dry it under the sun. Voila'! You have some homemade potpourri. When it dries out, put a drop of scented oil and shake it. It will prolong the life of your potpourri. You could also rub the inside of the orange peel on light bulbs and radiators. They will emit fresh-scent when you put on the light. Another way is to boil the peels along with other fragrant stuff like cinnamon stick and cloves maybe. I usually put a drop or two of vanilla essence in the boiling peels since I always have this in my pantry. Very practical too. Let it simmer in the pot and your house will surely smell fresh and delicious.

Citrus potpourri in sachet
Citrus potpourri in sachet

5. Face scrub – Mix a teaspoon of olive oil and sugar, dip the peel and scrub it on your face. Let it sit on your face for few minutes and wash your face with lukewarm water and finally splash it with cold water to close your skin pores. This is ultimate skin-glow bliss. This also helps in the reduction of blemishes and dark spots. You could also dip the peel into milk, if olive oil is not available and follow the same procedures. However, do this only at night because the citric acid will make your skin dry and photosensitive.

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Citrus face | Source

You could also make desserts and candies out of orange peel with frenzy garnishes and all that creative stuff. However, I will hub about it separately.

And for smokers, did you know that orange peel could help you quit smoking? Research shows that orange peel extract has been used as an ingredient in a gum that helps remove nicotine from the body. They suggest that smokers eat orange peel after every cigarette and they will eventually find smoking not appealing because of the nasty after taste. As I don’t smoke, I wouldn’t actually know how it taste but I will certainly ask a friend to try it.

So, don’t toss your orange peels away just like that. Re-use them and if you have other ideas to recycle the orange peels, it will be nice to know, share it with us.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      FlourishAnyway: Oh, that's another clever idea--tiny planters to grow seedlings. You see, I learned something great today. Thank you for the added tip and for coming by. I sincerely appreciate the votes as well. Cheers!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I like these ideas! I have also used them as tiny planters to grow seedlings. About the same time the seed has sprouted and is ready to transplant outside, the orange peel has degraded enough and is ready to go in the ground. You can simply plant them together. Orange peel is built-in fertilizer for your seedling. Voted up and useful!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Angelo52: Thank you . Good to see you here and yes please, recycle them next time. Cheers!

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      So many uses for something that I usually toss in the garbage. Great article. Thumbs up and sharing.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Thelma! Welcome to my world of re-cycling, re-doing and re-using! Pleased to meet you and I'm glad you find it useful. I appreciate your visit, comments and your kind gesture of sharing, voting up and pinning this hub. Cheers to a better world of recycling!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! I love recycling food waste. The empty half orange as a candle holder is grand. I ´ll be doing that here later. These tips are very very useful. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      vibesites: So, sorry for the late acknowledgment of your readership and comments; was away having some BBQ out in the caribbean island though without the orange peel to kindle the fire. (: Thank you for stopping by and for the follow. I very much appreciate it. Cheers!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Wow, that's amazing, Cris! The uses I only know of the peel are to make them as candied peels or air fresheners (especially inside bathrooms). Now I learn something else from you -- I especially love the BBQ part. Up and useful and a following. :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Riviera Rose: Ha..ha..ha...so, you're the one pinching the oranges! Lol! Enjoy the candle holder and thank you for your readership and lovely comments.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Audrey: I hope you try them in the summer and tease your neighbors with the lovely citrus smoke BBQ. Hi...hi...hi....

      Thank you for stopping by. So, happy to see you.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello GoodLady! You must be experiencing a very nice weather in your part of the world whereas it is freezing here up north. Thank you for the visit. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Not sure about the wasps but good thinking. I will surely find that out.

      Appreciate the vote, sharing and all.

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      Riviera Rose 4 years ago from South of France

      A fabulous hub - I especially want to follow up on the idea of the orange peel as a tea candle holder - we have a lot of mosquitos and flies around here and the usual solution is a pretty unpleasant smelling citrus candle - I far prefer your idea! And we can pinch oranges from our neighbours' garden!! (Oops, perhaps I shouldn't admit that...)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Tracy! Pleased to meet you and thank you. I can't wait for summer, so I could start grilling. Meanwhile, I am enjoying my votive candle (indoor) and the fresh scents that it emits. I'm sure you'll enjoy it too. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      joanveronica: Thank you so much. I'm glad you find the hub useful. I think the combination of orange and lavender would be great. I haven't tried that yet but will be nice to find out. Lovely to meet you.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Vellur: Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Very useful! I didn't know they could be used as a fire-starter

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Michelle, great to see you here as always and yes, it's a good fire starter and your BBQ will smell heavenly smoking oranges. (:

      Thanks for the vote and for everything.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's the fresh orange season here and we have loads of oranges from Sicily and i love them. We had them over Christmas too and we stuck cloves in and put them near the fire for a lovely spicy orangey scent, but your hub is amazing. I adore your orange with candle in to keep mosquitoes away and wonder if it would be a deterrent to wasps too.

      Voting, sharing, pinning and tweeting and FB!!!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Mike Robbers: Thank you for stopping by. Glad you find the info here useful. Please do spread the words and let's do our part in saving the environment. Cheers!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Great idea for a hub, so original! I have always thought there must be something I can use the orange peal for. I plan to try the votive idea out and can't wait to enjoy the fragrance. My kids love the annoying orange -funny stuff.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Cris, fantastic Hub! Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting! I'm going to try the BBQ tip! Sounds really good! ALL the tips are good ones! I also liked the dry peel in bags for the closet. so far I have been using lavender. So lets have some more ideas like these, which I will share! Have a good day!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Very useful hub, creative and interesting ideas. Love oranges. They have a heavenly smell. Voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      An extremely useful hub, Cristina! Votes up all the way. I didn't know orange peels were good firestarters.....will bring them along for our next BBQ! Thanks for sharing! With votes up and across, sharing!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      jenbeach21: Thank you. I'm glad you find this useful. Enjoy!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Great! The world surely needs to recycle! :)

      I didn't know that you could use them to drive away cats. Interesting, I might need to tell a person or two about this as kitties do like to mess around with some people's plants!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Just wanted to pop in to let you know I inserted your link within the content of the Candied Orange Peel article in regards to recycling orange peels. By the way, just looking at those fresh oranges you posted up front makes me want to go eat one right now! I'll save the peel to use with a votive later.

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great information. I love the smell of oranges and can't wait to use some of these ideas!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello teaches12345, thank you for stopping by and for linking. I am just about to revamp this a bit and link your awesome "Candied Orange Peels Dipped in Chocolate".---that's perfect!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I see some suggestions that I am going to use in my home immediately. I love the smell of citrus and it does refresh your mind. I love the photo post suggestions on the sachet packets, very creative. Will link it to my "Candied Orange Peels Dipped in Chocolate". Thanks for the creative uses. Voted up.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you endless sea. Pleased to meet you too.

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 4 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Pleased to meet you too :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @endless sea - pleased to meet you. Thank you for stopping by. We all learn something new everyday; glad you did from this hub. Enjoy life!

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 4 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      The only use I knew was the face scrub, good to know so many more uses, would love to try few!! thanks :) nice hub

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ishwaryaa22 : Pleasure to share. Thank you for your readership and for your very engaging comments. See you around HP.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A smart hub packed with helpful ideas! I have heard about orange peel being used as a candle-holder which is indeed economical and cute. The other ideas listed by you are extremely useful & practical. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @azrestoexp: That's awesome. I wish I have orange tree in my own backyard. That'll be great! We used to have an apple tree in the previous house and love it. There are many more ways to recycle/upcycle the orange peel. My favorite is simply tossing it in the compost bin to neutralize the smell. Lol! Kidding, I love to simmer it in water with a drop of vanilla or cinnamon scent and my house smells fresh all day. You have a beautiful day now and thanks for stopping by.

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      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 4 years ago

      I have a few orange trees, won't be so quick to throw the peels. Thanks for the info.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @aviannovice: Wouldn't it be nice if all we try and put some effort to recycle stuff instead of conveniently tossing them in the garbage? Well, thank you for dropping by. I'm glad you find this hub useful. Appreciate the vote and the compliments. Regards,

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Awesome and up. Very impressive ideas that make a lot of sense. Most of them were unbeknownst to me. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello sgbrown, I'm glad you like the idea and that you find it useful. Thank you for stopping by. I also appreciate your vote and pinning.

      See you around HP.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub! I really like the candle holder idea! I am definitely going to do this come this spring and summer. I like to use orange in my tea, instead of lemon. I then will put the peels down my garbage disposal and it leaves it smelling like oranges. Voting this up, useful and pinning! :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for dropping by Laceylinks. There are certainly a lot of things that we can do with the orange peels. I only highlighted few in this hub and glad that readers find it useful. Cheers!

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      Mary Green 4 years ago from Alabama

      Very interesting Hub. I love oranges and tangerines and I've never given a second thought to using the peelings for anything at all- to me they've been tossed in the garbage without hesitation or imagination. I'll bet I could think of some more uses than even those listed above. Thanks for the nudge. Voted up and interesting!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Carol.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great and creative hub. Lots of uses for oranges and I am going to try some of them. Fantastic photos and pictures.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Debby. Your visit and your comments meant a lot. I strongly join you on that pursuit and wish you the best on your endeavors. Salute!

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Cris ~ I've rated up, useful and AWESOME because I'm an environmental activist and lover of natural products, recycling and ORANGES. Whoo-hooo! These are great ideas and I'm sure I can put at least one or two into good use. Blessings, Debby

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      Ron Hawkster 5 years ago from United States of America

      @CrisSp,

      He'd have to get up pretty early in the morning to catch me... and I mean that literally... Besides, if he catches me I can rightfully say I was just returning the orange peel to its rightful owner... Because I stole the oranges from his own trees. So what's his problem?

      Hey, thank you for putting up with me. I love reading your hubs. Witty and informative. What could be better?

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ha..ha..ha...I hope you don't get caught up red-handed or your neighbor will not invite you anymore for dinner, trasher! I'm glad I'm not your neighbor. Lol! Kidding aside, appreciate your visit. Love your wit and your comments are very engaging and entertaining. See you around Ron Hawkster!

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      Ron Hawkster 5 years ago from United States of America

      Excellent hub, great ideas. I haven't tried the candle thing but you also suggest another great idea and that's burning it. I stumbled on the wonderful aroma of burnt orange peel while camping. Since then, I use it to freshen up the air in the house. In winter time, when you get home from work, since the doors and windows have remained closed all day a faint stale smell builds up. I throw a couple of small slices of orange peel into the fireplace and the aroma is great for adding a nice smell.

      I already use a variation of one of the ideas here to recycle orange peel and a few other organic material left over from vegetables/fruits, and that is for composting. What I typically do is late at nights I toss all my vegetable trash over the wall into my neighbor's yard to fertilize his garden. It's excellent for soil and it doesn't tax our trash collection system. I'm sure if my neighbor knew it was me and it's for a good cause they'd really appreciate it.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      *smiles*

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Orange you glad for that CriticalMessage? I mean, that you learned something from my hub and I'm happy you did. Appreciate your visit and thank you for your comment. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Interesting and awesome because of it... I never knew... Now I do... and I thank you !

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Sunshine! Thanks for your visit. Orange peel as tea light candle holder is perfect for picnics or even at the patio to keep bugs specially mosquitoes away. Much better if you have the time to create your own oil candle, Canola oil will do. Thanks again.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This hub is awesome!! Who would have thought to use an orange half for a tea light candle holder!! Living in Florida we have eat our share of oranges and I've just been placing the peels in the garbage disposal...which by the way helps freshen it up with an citrus aroma! Great hub!!:)

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ha...ha...ha...I like you ellebyam! Glad you enjoyed reading this hub and thanks for voting up. See you around HP! (:

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      ellebyam 5 years ago from North and South Poles

      Would you know if orange is a good substitute for Imo D'ium or Lom O'teal? I really enjoy reading this very informative hub. I have no idea about all of your great recycling tips. The only thing I do with orange peels is cook them into marmalade and canning them as Christmas presents to family and friends. Thank you for sharing and looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Voting all the way up!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      acaetnna: You're welcome and thank you for your visit. (:

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @vocalcoach: My pleasure.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Wow how simply amazing. Thank you for these tips.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you so much for giving me this step-by-step information. Can't wait to try it!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Beingwell, Thank you.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Very crafty! I just throw away orange peeling. Thanks for these tips.

      Shared!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thanks Lady Guinevere. I will check my FB later and see your recipe. And yes, honey is perfect specially with it's healing power. I just find it rather sticky on my face compared to olive oil and sugar-well, it's just me. Cheers! See you around my Lady!

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      Debra Allen 5 years ago from West By God

      Oooo I like number 5. I will add honey instead of sugar tho the mix though. Honey heals too. I have an orange cookie recipe if you want it. It's not on HP anymore but I can give you the link on the FB group.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello fellow hubbers! I'm glad you find this hub useful.

      @vocalcoach - that's exactly how I do it. Mix olive oil and sugar and simply dip the orange peel, then scrub it on my face. I leave it on for few minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and finally splash on with cold water to close the pores of my skin. Alternatively, you can also dab on ice cubes directly on your face. I do this before going to bed, whenever I can. It helps.

      @acaetnna - thank you for your comment. Happy to see you here.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Brilliant, what a fun and informative read. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I found these tips to be so useful and that excites me. I love learning new ways to recycle. On the face scrub - do you dip the orange peel into the oil and sugar mix and apply to the face using the orange peel?

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. And I'm sharing this as well! Thanks for these great photos too!!!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you dwachira. I'm glad you find it useful. With creativity, it definitely can provide self-employment specially on making potpourri, as it can be sold in stores with attractive packaging. There are many other ways to turn orange peels into something useful, we just have to be innovative and creative. I'm actually going to try making candies out of it. Just looking for the perfect timing. Cheers!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I have never heard of this before, this is a very useful concept especially for developing nations where rate of unemployment is high. This ideas can provide an opportunity for self-employment. Great article, i will have to share this, thanks.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you TToombs08! Appreciate your readership and your comments. See you around HP!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you for some wonderfully creative ways to upcycle orange peels! It seems like such a waste to just throw them away! Great hub! VUMS (Voted Up, More and Shared)

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Arren123. I'm glad you find this hub useful. Summer is here, so perfect timing! Fire up the grill and bring out the cold beer!

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      Arren123 5 years ago from UK

      Super Hub, didn't know about the BBQ, something to remember, thanks for sharing, voted up and useful :)

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you TimeTraveler2. Appreciate your visit. Enjoy the oranges. (:

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      Love the creativity here! Good job.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Oh, thank you carozy! Yes, that's my favorite too specially for this weather that the bugs are out. Happy hubbing!

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Now this was one of the most impressive hubs I've ever come across! Voted up and "awesome"! I especially like the bug-candle propellant idea.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello there Mr. Donato! I'm glad that the oranges put your lovely wife into a happy mood but I'm sure, it's more of your thoughtfulness that makes her happy. (: Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Love to you all.

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      Jerry Donato 5 years ago

      Hi Cris,

      No wonder my wife has always been in a happy mood since i started bringing home some oranges. Now I realized. thanks so much cris, you solve my problem. whew! hahaha.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thanks Vinaya! I love tea and that sounds good. I'll add it up to my list. Cheers!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Wow, these are some cool ideas. By the way, here in Nepal, we use dry orange peels to spice up tea and also use as face pack.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My pleasure Teresas Girl. My personal favorite thing to do with the peel is the "candle holder" specially now that the weather is getting warmer. It's great for patio. Have fun with it!

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      Teresas Girl 5 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      Hi Chris - wow what a great post.

      The BBQ idea is great - wait till I tell me fiance he'll be so jealous if I can get the BBQ going without his help lol!!

      I loved the candle holder idea...my kitchen has lots of citrus colours in there so the orange peel idea would look great out in the patio at night - so pretty!!

      Thanx Chris :)

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you coffeegginmyrice. I'm glad you find this hub useful and interesting. The candle holder is actually my favorite and making an oil lamp is even better. The scent is definitely mood enhancer. Please feel free to share it. (:-

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Cris! Finally, I am able to read this hub. Very interesting as I don't keep some orange peels aside even if I have witnessed my aunt rubbing it on her face too. I do put them into the compost bin and it does control the fowl smell in there, I think. I just didn't pay attention to this, and perhaps next time I have oranges, I will remember what you've said and smell my bin, hehehe! I really love the candle holder idea. Could save us more $ buying the scented sprays and I always like fruity scents. I would also love the citrus potpourri for the bathroom mixed with petals inside a vase.

      Oh my, the video makes me chuckle over and over! What a wonderful hub!! Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Neil, I'm glad this hub made you chuckle - it's the video for sure! (:- Thanks for dropping by and for the feedback on orange peel. I hope the nasty after taste help you finally quit smoking. I used to be one and I quit cold turkey. Yay, to me!

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      Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Hey Apple.... Apple....

      LOL - Cris - I never thought to much about orange peel but was aware that the white skin on inside of the peel is high vitamin k and should be eaten.... I'm going to try the peel to help stop smoking... I quit once for 20 years... have to do it again!

      thanks for the tips and the chuckle.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Peter! A good friend from India does the same thing with the orange peels and it's truly delish. I've heard though that it's quite a lengthy process to do this sweet and gone in a sec once plated. I will try to ask for her recipe. Cheers!

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Super idea crissp

      Super simple ideas - thank you.

      May I suggest my mother used to slice the peel into thin strips and coat them in dark chocolate

      Really delicious

      Kind regards Peter.