Everything You Can Do with Orange Peels

Who doesn’t love the smell of citrus fruits? It’s an incredible scent that sticks on your hands after you peel an orange, even after you’ve washed your hands. You may feel as though it’s a shame to waste orange peels, simply because they are so fragrant. Waste not, want not… there must be a use for every part of the fruit, right?

Orange Peels

In fact, there are plenty of ways to use orange peels, here are just a few of them:

Infused Vinegar

This is incredibly simple to do. All you need to do is cover your peels with white vinegar and leave it to steep for at least three weeks. Once it’s had its time steeping, decant it into a spray bottle, and you have an extremely effective and freshly scented cleaning preparation.


To make your stovetop potpourri, you’ll need a medium-sized pot, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cloves. Add all of your ingredients to the pot and simmer on a low heat. This will fill your home with an incredible smell and is simple and straightforward to do.


Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C, especially in the winter months when there are so many illnesses going around. They’re also excellent for freshening up the garbage disposal. Don’t go overboard, just a few small bits of peel in the garbage disposal as you’re running the water will clean the blades, and provide you with a fresh smell in the kitchen.

Citrus Vodka

You’ll need the zest of 10 washed organic orange skins, be careful, though, as you don’t want any pith. Add the zests to 750ml of quality vodka (think Stoli, Absolut, or even higher quality). After four days of allowing the mix to steep you can add sweetness. First mix two ¼ cups of sugar, and 3 ½ cups of water in a pot of water and heat. Stir the mix until the sugar dissolves, and allow it to cool. Once it has cooled, you can add it to your vodka mix, then allow it to sit overnight before you enjoy it.

Candied Peels

You’ll need the peels or 3 large oranges, as well as 2 cups of water, and a cup of sugar.
To get started cut the top and the bottom off the orange, then cut the peel into four pieces, and then cut it into thin strips. Boil a pot of water, turn the heat to medium and cook the peels for 15 minutes. In a separate pot bring the sugar and water mix to a boil using medium heat. Now add the drained peels to the mix and reduce the heat allowing the peels to simmer for 45 minutes or so, or until they are tender. Drain the peels and toss them in sugar. Ensure you remove the skins well. Otherwise, you’ll end up with clumpy sugar. Allow the peels to cool until the coating dries; this can take up to 48 hours.

Candied Peels

Remember, if you’re using your peels for edible purposes, you should always be buying fruit that is organic and sustainably grown. Oranges that are conventionally grown contain the highest amounts of pesticide and chemicals.