10 unexpected uses for fruit & vegetable peel

Today, Steph from Expert Home Tips is here to share some sensational ways to cut down on your food waste and save time and money in the process. Sound good? Keep reading!

Where do your fruit and veg peels end up? In the garbage-disposal unit; your food waste bin; on the compost heap? Although they may look like – and are often perceived as – rubbish, they can actually be remarkably, tasty, healthy and useful. Discover some of our favourite ways to use fruit and vegetable peels in your everyday life, and you’ll never want to throw them away again! 

1. Discourage ants with cucumber peel

Want to discourage ants without causing them any harm? The answer could be hiding inside your fridge in the disguise of cucumber peel. Next time you’re making a cucumber salad or relish, be sure to save your cucumber peels. Place them by ant entry points and they’ll stay well away from now on.

2. Make an all-natural face scrub with peach peels

All-natural beauty products are all the rage, and the prices reflect this. Want beautiful skin without the hefty price tag? Make your own face scrub at home using peach peel. Shake a small amount of sugar onto the inside of your peach peels, and rub lightly on your face to remove dry skin, add nutrients and keep it hydrated.

3. Polish shoes with banana peel

Here’s another favourite uses for fruit and vegetable peel that’s particularly handy at work. I always have a banana on my desk. Not only is it a great, healthy snack, but the inside of the skin can be used to shine leather shoes get them important-meeting ready.

4. Prevent brown sugar from hardening

How often do you juice a fresh orange, only to toss the peel? There’s a really handy use for it that means you’ll never bin it again. Brown sugar has a tendency to go hard when stored. Toss a few orange peels into the container with the sugar, and it will keep it nice and soft, ready for coffee or your next bake.

5. Make a homemade cleaning product using orange peel

We love natural cleaning at Expert Home Tips, and fruit and vegetable peels are a great way to fragrance homemade products. To make an all-purpose natural cleaner with a surprisingly fruity scent, place your leftover orange peels into a jar and top with distilled white vinegar. Let it sit for a few weeks, strain the liquid, and use to clean your bathroom, windows and kitchen surfaces.

6. Potato peel crisps

There’s nothing better than crisps and dips – especially if they’re homemade. If you’re making mash or roast potatoes, be sure to save your potato peels. Lightly toss the peels in olive oil, place on a lined baking tray, and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 200ºC for about 15 minutes. Keep an eye on them, and turn half-way through the cooking process. They’ll come out crispy and delicious.

7. More uses for fruit & vegetable peel in your beauty routine

If you liked the sound of a peach face scrub, here is another use for fruit and vegetable peels you’ll love – all you need is your avocado skin. Next time you eat an avo, save the skin. It’s an amazing moisturiser, and can be rubbed onto skin to give it a healthy, natural glow. Leave for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water.

8. Reduce waste and hard water

Hard water can cause havoc for your kettle – not to mention your tea and coffee. A wonderfully easy (and cheap) way to limit it is adding lemon peels to your kettle. Throw them inside, add water and bring to the boil. Leave to sit for an hour, drain and rinse to break down mineral deposits and help your kettle function better.

9. Another brilliant use for banana peels

House plants not only need water, but cleaning occasionally too. A layer of dust or grime on the leaves can reduce their ability to breathe, resulting in drab, saggy plants. To keep them clean, and add extra nourishment, gently rub the inside of banana skin over leaves. It will give them a glorious glow and help them stay heathy.

10. A new take on herbal tea

Last, but certainly not least on our list of uses for fruit and vegetable peel is making your own herbal tea using apple peel and a cinnamon stick. Soak both in a mug of hot water, and enjoy on a cold, Winter’s eve. It’s a lovely, warming treat and doesn’t require a single teabag!

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