Orange Peels: 15 Ways to Use Them

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After eating an orange, what do you usually do with the peels? Most people will toss them in the trash without giving it a second thought, but did you know that you can put those orange peels to good use? Instead of throwing them out, consider reusing them in different ways to get the most out of them. Check out this list of the 15 ways to use orange peels!

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Orange Peels: 15 Ways to Use Them

Orange Peels: 15 Ways to Use Them

1. Grate the Peels to Create Orange Zest

If you prepare different recipes that call for orange zest, you can make it from scratch using your orange peels. The best way to prepare orange zest is to use a cheese grater against the peels, collect all the orange peel shavings, and dehydrate them. Place the dehydrated bits in a jar after “conditioning” them as outlined below.

You may remember, whenever I dehydrate food I let the food product sit out for 5-7 days minimum after removing them from the dehydrator to ensure everything is totally dry, this is called conditioning. Once you have the orange zest, you can add it to cookies, meats, and other delicious foods. This is the Microplane Zester I have: Microplane Zester

Orange Zest

2. Dehydrate the Peels

Do you have a food dehydrator at home? If so, dehydrate the peels! Once you’re done, you can eat them as a flavorful citrus snack. Some people like to sprinkle a bit of sugar on top of them for added flavor, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

3. Add the Orange Peels to Homemade Marinades

Prepare flavorful marinades with a citrus touch when adding the orange peels to the mixture. If you’d like your marinade for chicken, pork, and other meats to have that perfect combination of sweet and savory ingredients, these orange peels are worth using.

4. Put Them in Your Hot Tea or Coffee

Bring a natural citrus taste to your hot cup of tea or coffee by adding the orange peels into your mug. It’s a great alternative to sugar, especially if you’re looking for ways to avoid putting too much cream and sugar in these warm beverages. In addition, the orange peels will enhance the taste of tea and coffee, making them even more enjoyable.

5. Dip Them in Chocolate

Consider melting your favorite variety of chocolate, like almond bark, and dipping your orange peels into the chocolate. You’ll need to place the orange peels in the fridge for at least an hour beforehand to get them cold enough so that the chocolate sticks perfectly to them. Once you’ve added the chocolate to your orange peels, you can take a bite and really enjoy them! The chocolate citrus combo tastes magnificent.

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6. Prepare a Chemical-Free Cleaning Solution

Would you like to clean your home without using harsh products containing harmful ingredients? If so, prepare a chemical-free cleaning solution by combining vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle with chopped pieces of the orange peel. The cleaning solution will disinfect, get rid of dirt and stains, and leave a fantastic orange scent around the home.

7. Add the Peels to Your Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal has an odor, add a few orange peels and a handful of ice cubes and let it run. They will get rid of the foul odor and leave your garbage disposal cleaner and smelling fresh again.

8. Scrub Pots and Pans with the Peels

When you have some grime on the bottom of your pots and pans, and you’re struggling to remove it with a regular sponge, use the orange peels. Scrubbing the surface of these pots and pans is an excellent way to get rid of stains without causing damage to your cookware.

9. Rub the Peels on Your Face

Would you like to have healthy skin that glows? If so, you can use orange peels as part of your skin regime. The anti-bacterial properties in the orange peels make them great at fighting off harmful bacteria that typically cause acne. Be sure to rub the peels on your skin after washing your face with a mild, gentle cleanser.

10. Give Them to Your Chickens

Do you have chickens living on your land? If so, you can keep them entertained by giving them a few orange peels to play with each day. Not only does it keep them occupied, but it’s not dangerous for them to have orange peels in their coupe. If you have playful chickens looking forward to roaming around and playing with different objects, orange peels are an excellent choice for them.

11. Rub the Peels on Your Teeth

Orange peels contain vitamin C and other natural compounds that are good for the teeth. If you’d like your teeth to look whiter, you can rub the peels on your teeth in the morning and again at night. The peels help to remove surface stains, leaving your teeth looking healthier and brighter than before.

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12. Use Them in the Garden as a Natural Repellent

If you’re dealing with ants and other unwanted pests in your garden, use the orange peels as a natural repellent to keep them off your plants. Ants don’t like the orange peels and will stay away. It’s the perfect way to eliminate some pests without using products that could harm the plants.

13. Add to Your Compost

When creating compost with kitchen scraps, orange peels are a great addition. The vitamins and nutrients in these peels are great for soil prep and plants growth.

14. Boil the Peels and Make Air Freshener 

Place the orange peels in a pot of water and boil them for several minutes on the stovetop. Pour the concoction into a spray bottle and then use it as an air freshener to naturally get rid of odors in the home. It’s safer to use than most air freshening products on the market, and it does its job of making the area smell great.

15. Scrub Your Nails with the Peels

If you have stains on your nails, or feel like they lack the shine you prefer, scrub your nails with orange peels. The peels can leave your nails looking healthy, bright, and freshly manicured, even if you haven’t been to the salon.

Orange Benefits

One medium-sized orange has the following features and benefits:

  • 60 Calories
  • No sodium or fat
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 1 gram of protein
  • 70 milligrams of vitamin C
  • 12 grams of sugar
  • 6% of our recommended calcium
  • 237 grams of potassium
  • 15.4 grams of carbohydrates
  • 14 grams of Vitamin C

Types Of Oranges

  • Navel (the most popular ones I buy)
  • Blood Oranges (Costco sells a Blood Orange drink around Christmas, it’s so good)
  • Valencia
  • Cara Cara
  • Jaffa
  • Mandarin
  • Seville

They all give you more than 100% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C. That’s more than any other citrus fruit!

Final Word

With so many ways to use orange peels, make sure you’re saving the peels instead of throwing them in the garbage. Whether you want to use them in the garden, on your face, or even to make a natural cleaning solution, you have plenty of fantastic options. May God Bless this world, Linda.

10 thoughts on “Orange Peels: 15 Ways to Use Them

  • July 9, 2021 at 7:47 am
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    I didn’t know that bout the chickens. I know I’m not supposed to give them much citrus. I’ll see if they like them. Mine are spoiled lol

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    • July 9, 2021 at 8:38 am
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      Hi Matt, I read that chickens like to play with the orange peelings. As you know, I do not have chickens. I bet yours are spoiled!! Linda

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      • July 9, 2021 at 6:01 pm
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        I’ve read the same thing, but found my chickens basically ignore them. Too busy eating scratch grain or carrot greens or salad scraps I suppose. Spoiled? No. Nothing to see here. Just move on.

        I get the mandarins from Costco every time we go. Otherwise I get them from local stores. I put them in my salads as well as eating them for snacks. Love oranges too and here in AZ we can get good ones grown in the Phoenix area.

        My Dorsett Golden is producing ripe apples now so we’re eating them like crazy. They are a bit tart so we’ll make pies out of most of them. But I eat them with cheese and crackers as a snack too. My Anna apples are also almost ready.

        I picke the last head of broccoli from one of my raised beds today and when I pulled the plant and turned it upside down I discovered it was covered with aphids–which was weird since the plant didn’t look unhealthy in the least. None of the other plants (celery, carrots, tomatoes, peppers and zucchini) in that bed had any aphids on them at all.

        The lesson i took from this is to leave a broccoli plant in each bed. Since aphids apparently love them more than anything else they’ll hit that plant and leave the rest alone.

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        • July 9, 2021 at 6:28 pm
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          Hi Ray, oh those darn aphids. LOL! That’s good to know that broccoli heads off the aphids!! The temperature here today is 115 degrees and I hope my tomatoes make it. I’ve been meaning to get out there and put the garden shades on that that I bought last year so I would be ready but time gets away from me sometimes. We have had a few visitors so it will have to wait. Stay well, the virus has hit our neighborhood, I thought we were done with this. Crazy! Linda

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          • July 9, 2021 at 6:41 pm
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            Linda, when I plant broccoli in the fall I interplant it with garlic, because garlic repels aphids–onions do too. But I pulled my garlic about a month ago, which left my broccoli as fair game i guess. I can just see those aphids lining up to take a number after my garlic was gone.

            You were hotter today than we were. We only hit 111. I don’t put shade cloth over my tomatoes or zucchini, just things like beans or potatoes. I had some over my Jericho lettuce but it bolted a few days ago. I’m surprised it made it this far into summer.

            Sad to hear about the virus hitting your neighborhood. The new, deadlier type has hit Kingman, but I’ve decided since we’re fully vaccinated we won’t worry about it. Latest research says the Moderna shots are good against this type too, and those are the shots we got.

            Stay safe, but don’t let this crap ruin your enjoyment of life.

          • July 10, 2021 at 7:25 am
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            HI Ray, thank you, I needed to hear your last comment today. I will have to remember the garlic this fall. It’s great hearing about your garden, you know I love it. Linda

  • July 9, 2021 at 12:47 pm
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    WOW! I didn’t know all of these, but I do now, thanks to you. I did know about the garbage disposal. I’ve used them with ice in it. The ice cleans the blades, and then peels make it smell better. I’ve used orange and lemon. I have orange oil that I use to cut grease when cleaning my stove. I also use it shine my stainless steel fridge. Works great!

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  • July 9, 2021 at 6:11 pm
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    Instead of throwing ice cubes down the garbage disposal along with orange peels, I freeze the orange peels and just toss 3-4 strips (good sized strips) down the disposal.

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