The peel is possibly the most neglected part of an orange and often ends in the bin, but there are a number of unique ways to use the fruit’s protective layer around the house.
Orange juice is a great way to add flavour in both cooking and baking, but the zest of the fruit is by far the most potent way to add a burst of taste.
Adding the peels to a sugar pot can also help prevent solidification as the skins draw out moisture.
2. Cleaning in the kitchen
Before an orange peel dries out it contains natural oils that can cut through grease build up on kitchen utensils and surfaces.
The peel can be used to scrub away greasy marks or add shine to metal surfaces.
3. Air freshener
Fresh or dried, unwanted orange peels can be used to create a fresh scent throughout your home.
Add the skins to a mix of cinnamon sticks or vanilla pods and bring to the boil or, alternatively, dry the skins before placing in a paper bag and burning them in the fireplace.
4. Insect repellent
If the smell of normal insect repellent isn’t for you, rub fresh orange peel on your skin to keep mosquitoes away.
Placing the skins in areas frequented by ants or slugs is a natural way to help deter these home invaders.
5. DIY gifts
Orange peels can easily be incorporated into a number of creative crafts such as body scrubs or bath oils.
Include some orange zest to body scrubs made with Epson salts or brown sugar, or extract the oil from the peels to create a refreshing and relaxing bath oil.