So, you’re about to juice a pound of oranges, lemons, or other delicious fruits. While you could very well toss the peels or skins into your compost pile or organic trash bin, we suggest you save the disposables, and follow our 5 ingenious life-hack ways to reuse those extra orange peels.

Why Oranges?

  • The peel has 4x more fiber than the fruit itself
  • Orange peel can help you kick your smoking habit
  • Can prevent cancer or limit metastasis of existing cancers due to flavonoids in peel
  • Huge amounts of Vitamin C to kick that cold goodbye!
  • Flavor and aroma is popular year-round.
#2 Orange Candle

1. Orange Candle: It’s fairly simple, slice an orange in half, scoop out the juice and pulp, replace it with olive oil, and use the stem part as a wick.

2. Having company over? Make some green eco-friendly house cleaning liquids like a vinegar or a general household cleaner.

3.  Green Grotto loves the ‘keeds’ and the kids will love this: Candied orange peel. These orange sweeties would also be a hit at your upcoming Halloween or dinner party.  Other orange fruits and vegetables like mango, carrots, pumpkins, and butternut squash, are major sources of vitamin A, Beta-carotone, and vitamin C. If you are a chocolate lover, you will love this recipe for chocolate covered orange peels.

4.  *Spoiler alert: Incoming Halloween idea!* Wear the orange peel as a mask. We already know how Vitamin C has major health benefits, but ever wonder how it will make you glow? Not like a jack-o-lantern, but you never know! The key is to dry out an orange peel, and then pulverize it into a powder-like consistency. Then, you can mix it with a milk or water base in equal parts and apply it to your face. It works as an astringent and deep cleanser and is best for acne-prone skin.

5. After your hard work celebrate by using the remaining peels to make flavored vodka. You deserve it!

You will Need:

  • 3-4 cups vodka
  • Funnel
  • Mesh strainer
  • Quart jar with lid
  • 3-4 cup capacity glass bottle with lid or cork

Optional Infusion Ingredients

  • Choose one ingredient per 3-4 cups vodka:
  • 2 oranges or lemons
  • 1-2 large sprigs of basil, or another favoriteherb (rosemary, mint, etc.)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup clean berries
  • 1 cup fruit, cleaned and cut into chunks (pineapple, apple, melon, mango, etc.)
  • 4-5 chili peppers

Prep Time: 10 Minutes; Servings: Varies (via ToriAvey)

Happy Juicing!

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