Orange Peels and Usefulness.

If you've been a blog reader for some time, you'd know that I don't throw much away.  I talked forever ago about using cloves to poke in oranges that are going bad.  Orange Peels too...don't throw them away. I use them in 3 ways.

1) Dehydrate them and throw in the food processor (I have a mini one).

 Perfect for recipes such as
Cranberry-Orange Muffins

Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels

Cranberry-Orange Bar Cookies.

 2) Simmer them with a few cloves on the stovetop.  Makes your house smell divine.

3) Make your own cleaner.  Soak for a week with vinegar.  Drain, compost the peels and you have a citrus all purpose cleaner.  We often use diluted 50/50 with water in a spray bottle.

Well, there you have it.  Free and almost free stuff from stuff you'd through a way.  Tell me, what do you do with oranges?  Maybe just eat them like 'normal' people is what my husband might say. :)

It's Homemade Living Wednesday. 

Today is the last post in the Homemade Living Series.  Thanks for joining along and being a reader.  It's just
Mary - and I posting today.  But the crew just may be back for new postings in the future.  Merry Christmas to you all!


  1. You are so clever! And since you asked, I made the orange peel cleaner this summer and am still using it. I also use oranges in green smoothies. Yum!

  2. Such awesome ideas! I think I'll have to make a cleaner like that one of these days. Love all the frugal tips :)

  3. I make the cleaner! I soak the peels in vinegar w/ cloves too, I just made a batch this week, although I didn't dilute it, I probably should have.

  4. I'm gonna make that cleaner. We've used 'em on the stovetop to freshen the house too.



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