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Unusual Uses for Orange Peels

Updated on April 9, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.

Stop Throwing Away Orange Peels
Stop Throwing Away Orange Peels

Two questions:

  1. Do you eat oranges?
  2. Do you throw away the orange peels?

If you said "Yes" to the above questions, then this article is for you.

It is so amazing what people throw away when there are so many wonderful uses for those things. People buy oranges and eat the inside of them, but they throw away the peels that have so many uses.

After reading the versatility of orange peels, it is doubtful that anyone will ever throw orange peels away again.

Around the House

Polish Furniture with Orange Peels
Polish Furniture with Orange Peels

Polish Furniture

You will no longer spend dollars on expensive furniture polish when you realize that you can use orange peels to accomplish the same purpose.

Most furniture polishes have a citrus smell. The peels from oranges can do the same thing as furniture polish. The next time you eat an orange, rub the white side on your wood furniture and see how much it will shine.

You will probably never purchase furniture polish again.

Dirty microwaves can be cleaned with orange peels.
Dirty microwaves can be cleaned with orange peels.

Clean Microwave

No one likes cleaning stains from the inside of a microwave oven. Now, you do not have to go to all that trouble again. Put orange peels in a bowl and add water. Microwave for about five minutes. Leave the door closed for another two minutes.

The citric acid will kill the bacteria and the best part is that the steam will loosen up the stains, and you will be able to simply wipe away the grease and grime with a damp cloth.

Now that you have done a good job on your microwave oven, use the same trick on your regular oven. Leave orange peels in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes to reduce unwanted smells.

Save orange peels for amazing benefits.
Save orange peels for amazing benefits.

Freshen Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is bound to smell after weeks of dropping all kinds of food in it. This trick is so simple you will wish you had known about it much sooner.

Simply put orange peels in your garbage disposal with a few ice cubes. It will make a lot of noise when you turn it on, but the noise is worth it when you notice how fresh your garbage disposal smells.

Clean faucets and fixtures with orange peels.
Clean faucets and fixtures with orange peels.

Clean Faucets and Fixtures

Never buy household products again to clean your kitchen and bathroom faucets. Rub the inside of orange peels on the faucets and fixtures throughout your house to get them clean and make them shine.

When you rub the white part of the orange peel on them, fingerprints and grease disappear because of the natural D-limonene compound in the peels.

Try this inexpensive way of cleaning all the faucets and fixtures in your house and you will be amazed at the outcome.

Household Deodorizer

Make your own household deodorizer with orange peels and you will never buy them from the store again. Simply put some orange peels in a pot of boiling water along with your choice of spices. Use a half a teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice. Leave on the store while still hot. Your house will smell fresh.

You could also make your own sachets. Leave orange peels spread out on a cookie sheet for a few days until they are completely dry. Then grind them up and put them in a sachet. Place them in your drawers, closets, and shoes. Put them at the bottom of your garbage can to keep unpleasant odors away.

Did you know that orange peels can deodorize and absorb the awful smell from shoes? Leave the peels in shoes overnight for a fresh scent in the morning. Make sure the peels are dry when you place them in the shoes. Otherwise, your family members will be upset if they have wet shoes the next morning.

Put orange peels in smelly shoes to refresh them.
Put orange peels in smelly shoes to refresh them.

Beauty Tips

Use orange peels for beauty tips.
Use orange peels for beauty tips.

Brighten Your Skin

Stop buying skin care products and use orange peels instead. Besides saving money, you will be using a natural product. Orange peels will get rid of blackheads and make your face glow. Try it and see.

Orange peels also make a good body scrub. Wrap the peels in cheesecloth or gauze and give them a try the next time you take a shower.

Get white teeth with orange peels.
Get white teeth with orange peels.

Whiten Teeth

You do not have to spend hundreds of dollars to have white teeth. While there are a lot of expensive products on the market, you might be throwing about the best remedy of all.

Rub the insides (the white part) of an orange peel on your teeth and see what happens. It is a natural process because of the D-limonene compound natural oil found in the peel of citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, and lemons. The peels are not as acidic as the fruit that you eat. Therefore, the enamel on your teeth will not be damaged.

Oranges are healthy for you and so are the peels.
Oranges are healthy for you and so are the peels.

When you eat an orange, do not throw the peels away.

Calming Agent

You can make your own product to help you unwind and feel calm during those times when you are stressed out. Let orange peels dry and grind them up in a blender. You can infuse the peels into a candle for a citrus aroma that will calm you in a jiffy.

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Good idea, Tim. Throw a few orange peels in a pot with water on the stove and make your own air freshener. Thanks for reading and responding to my tips for orange peels. I am writing an article now about the uses for banana peels with just as many good tips.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      20 months ago from U.S.A.

      Great article. I'm a fan of oranges. Now, I have more uses for the peels. They will not simply wind up in the garbage. We have three dogs and this information will be useful for keeping the air in the house fresh.

      Thanks again.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Dora. I am using the tips myself. I love the one about cleaning the microwave oven since I hate cleaning it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      20 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for these useful suggestions. Good money-saving tips too.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Louise, I hate cleaning my microwave. So, I will begin using orange peels on it. I will also try them to see if they will whiten my teeth as the studies claim.

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      Louise Powles 

      20 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I didn't know orange peels had so many uses. I'll definitely be using it for my microwave. Thankyou.

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