6 Things You Can do With Orange Peels

Orange Peel Tips: (HT to Living Green)

– Due to the high content of flammable oil in orange peel, dried peel makes a great firestarter or kindling

– It seems that cats don’t like the smell of peel, so you can place them around plants where you don’t want cats digging

– Using a “zester”, the top layer of an orange peel can be scraped to produce zest. This can then be used to strong flavor to foods, such as sauces, soups and salads. The zest can be dried overnight and then stored in airtight bottles for future use.

– Dried orange peels can be placed in a cloth bag and placed in closets and cupboards to reduce musty odors

– A puree blend of orange peel and water can be applied to an area to discourage ants from crossing.

– Most insects hate limonene – the oil in the peel. Small piles of zest can be placed around an area to keep it free from flies and mosquitos. A great way to enjoy a picnic without having to use commercial repellents or insecticides!

– To deodorize a garbage disposal unit, throw down a few peels while it’s operating

– Candied orange peels are a tasty treat that seem very simple to make. Plenty of recipes can be found on the Internet.


  • Melinda says:

    My grandmother kept dried orange peel in her cabinets to keep them free of silverfish.

  • Donna says:

    We love making candied orange peel. We also make the same with
    grapefruit and meyer lemons. One little piece after a garlicky meal
    is just enough to stave off any dessert cravings.
    Love the tips. Thanks.

  • BethTN says:

    Dried orange peels also make a great addition to hot apple cider!