25 astonishing uses for your fruit & vegetable peel

25 astonishing uses for your fruit & vegetable peel

Stop! Don't throw away those leftover fruit and vegetable peels, I've got some brilliant uses for them, so prepare to be amazed.

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1. Avocado peel for face & hair

What a peely good idea!
What a peely good idea!

Did you know you can use avocado peel as a rich face moisturiser? It contains lots of fatty acids which are great for your hair and skin. If you've just used an avocado in a recipe, grab the peel and rub it over your face and hair, leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off.

2. Potato peel crisps

I want these in my mouth now.
I want these in my mouth now.

I can't wait to try making these seriously delicious-looking crisps, or 'chips' as they are known in the US. If you've been peeling potatoes for a Sunday roast or a winter soup then you'll have plenty of leftover peels. Use them to make these crisps from coffeeLightAndSweet.com. Why not serve them with sour cream and chive, or hummus?

3. Orange peel for whiter teeth

Who knew? Not I.
Who knew? Not I.

Grab some scissors and cut an inch strip out of your leftover orange peel. Cover your teeth with the pith facing you and rub it back and forth. The acid on the peel will help to brighten them. Brush your teeth after a little while, but not straight away, as you do not want to damage any tooth enamel weakened by acid. If you want whiter teeth, see 23 surprising ways to whiten your teeth and keep them white for other methods.

4. Lemon peel for a cleaner kettle

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For those with hard water problems, lemon peel is the answer.

If you live in a hard-water area then you may find your kettle has a build up of mineral deposits inside. This can cause scaling, which will eventually slow down your kettle's heating process. Grab some thin slices of lemon peel and bring them to the boil in your kettle. After the mixture has boiled, let it sit for an hour, drain and then rinse.

5. Peach peel as a face scrub

It will smell so sweet!
It will smell so sweet!

Save your peach peels and add a little sugar to the inside of the skin. Gently scrub your face with the peach skin to make you feel revitalised and keep your skin hydrated. If you want to know how to peel a peach without a knife, see kingArthurFlour.com.

6. Cucumber peels to combat ants

Ants, you've got your marching orders.
Ants, you've got your marching orders.

Do you have ants visiting? Find out where the entry point is and leave cucumber peels there overnight. Ants do not like cucumber and will not return. This solution is child and pet friendly, just remember to dispose of them the next day.

7. Orange peel for fabric dye

Give it a whirl!
Give it a whirl!

Eco-friendly and cost-effective, you can use orange peels, lemon ends, spinach, onion skins and more to create your very own homemade natural dye. Try experimenting to see what colours you can create. For more information, check out popSugar.com.

8. Banana peel for polishing shoes


Who knew you could use banana peel in such a useful way? If you have got to the bottom of your pot of shoe polish, then grab an old banana skin and follow the instructions from Videojug in the video above.

9. Parsnip & carrot peel fritters

I can't wait to make these!
I can't wait to make these!

Using some flour, spices, fresh herbs and a beaten egg, you can create your own fritters with leftover carrot and parsnip peel. Create a firm shape with the combined mixture and fry over a medium heat. This is fantastic use for those leftover peelings from roast dinners - enjoy!

10. Lemon peel for a homemade seasoning

This will go beautifully with so many dishes.
This will go beautifully with so many dishes.

simplyScratch.com have a super recipe for you to make your own lemon pepper seasoning. If you're already using lemon juice in a recipe, it's a great way to use the peel.

11. Apple peel jelly

I'd apple-y make these!
I'd apple-y make these!

Do you eat a lot of apples? Well I've got a great use for them if you do! Your leftover apple peels, cores and a few other ingredients, can be used to make your very own apple peel jelly! Head to sMartinRealty.com for the instructions on how to do it.

12. Potato peel for puffy eyes

De-puffing potatoes, at your service.
De-puffing potatoes, at your service.

Using your leftover potato peelings, place the underside of them on each eye for around ten minutes. The enzyme 'catecholase' is in potatoes, which acts as a skin lightener - say goodbye to dark circles!

13. Orange peel for potpourri

Your home will smell amazing.
Your home will smell amazing.

With the cold weather approaching it's a nice idea to make your home smell lovely and seasonal. I've found a great recipe from callHerBlessed and it looks very easy to do.

14. Lemon peel for a clean coffee pot

Another peel-y great tip.
Another peel-y great tip.

If your coffee pot has stains then reach for the lemon peel, lemon, salt, ice and water. Follow the instructions at doItYourself.com and you can enjoy a sparkling clean coffee pot.

15. Orange peel to keep brown sugar soft

Sugar, you'll never be hard again.
Sugar, you'll never be hard again.

Do you find it annoying when you go to get your brown sugar and discover it has turned into a hard rock? Prevent this by tossing a few orange peels into the jar and you'll find it will be perfectly soft, every time you go to use it.

16. Vegetable peel for an easy stock

Every cupboard needs a good stock.
Every cupboard needs a good stock.

This is a classic use for vegetable peels. Use leftover kitchen scraps to make a delicious stock as a base for soups, stews and gravy. You can also freeze it until you need to use it, find out how by checking out inSonnetsKitchen.

17. Banana peel for cleaning houseplants

Quick, they're dirty - grab the banana skin!
Quick, they're dirty - grab the banana skin!

Have your houseplant's leaves lost their shine? Eat a banana and then use the peel to clean them! Wipe down each leaf with the inner side of the banana peel for shine and a pleasant smell.

18. Orange peel for a cocktail twist


The flaming orange twist is a great way to make your cocktails look extra-special! Learn how to flame an orange twist by checking out the video above made by Bon Appétit.

19. Lemon peel for homemade candles

SO pretty
SO pretty

Make your home smell and look beautiful with these lavender lemon candles from Brit.co. For more like this, head to 19 natural ways to make your home smell wonderful.

20. Apple peel in tea

I bet this tastes fabulous.
I bet this tastes fabulous.

If you've been busy peeling apples for a tasty pie, or yummy sauce, why not use the leftover peel to create a sweet tea? theKitchn.com tells you how to make your own - it's very simple. Experiment using other peel, like orange or peach. Let us know which you like best!

21. Fruit & vegetable peels in compost

Stick 'em on the compost!
Stick 'em on the compost!

You can use vegetable and fruit peels in your compost bin or pile - they're a great source of nitrogen. For more details on making compost, check out recycleNow.com.

22. Lemon peel to clean stainless steel, chrome & copper

Peel for steel! It rhymes...
Lemon peel for stainless steel... I'm a poet, and I didn't know it!

Rub lemon peel on stained surfaces and it will bring back the shine to your stainless steel, chrome and copper. They will look as good as new!

23. Clementine peel in mulled wine

Don't mull over it...
Don't mull over it...

Using the peel from clementine, lemon and lime you can knock up the perfect seasonal treat. For Jamie's mulled wine recipe, head to JamieOliver.com - it sounds lovely.

24. Apple peel & tomato peel for purifying water

Who knew?!
Who knew?!

A researcher in Singapore at the National University has discovered that tomato is an efficient adsorbent for water purification, and apple peel a biomass for water purification. Try soaking your leftover tomato and apple peels in alcohol for a day to remove the micro-organisms, then let them dry. Soak the peels in a bowl of tap water for one hour, then remove the peels.

25. Orange peel for a citrus-infused cleaner

Another great homemade cleaning product.
Another great homemade cleaning product.

We all know the wonders of vinegar, (if you don't, head straight to Be amazed: 21 surprising uses for vinegar to know more), so why not make a citrus-infused cleaner as an inexpensive home cleaning product? All you need are peels and some trusty white vinegar. Visit myMerryMessyLife.com for more details on how to make your own.

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  1. Author Sue on January 9, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Parmesan shavings - quicker, tastier, and less of a clean up operation than using a fine grater!

    1. Author Colleen B on January 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Great tip Sue!

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  2. Author Selvum Naidoo on April 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Great stuff !

    1. Author Colleen B on May 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the blog post Selvum, please share it with your pals! :)

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  3. Author Donatello46 on April 19, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Hm, I'm not too sure about the wisdom of using an acidic medium like orange peel to clean teeth, after all it is acidity that causes erosion of tooth enamel in the first place. A possibly better way and the complete opposite of the orange peel method, is to dip a wet toothbrush in a little bicarbonate of soda and brush teeth with that (some toothpastes even include bicarb in their ingredients and charge more for it - this is much cheaper).

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