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Don't Toss Those Orange Peels! 2 Fun Uses for Better Health

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I recently got this idea to do something cool with orange peels. My Mom has been drinking this really yummy tea with orange peels in it so I began drying some for her. I found myself with an entire canning jar full before long and then happened upon a recipe online for an orange peel infusion in vinegar for cleaning your kitchen and bath. So now I make tea and household cleaner from orange peels that I would just normally throw away. 

Here's a link to the recipe I used as a reference.

After making the cleaner once, I went off on my own and here's how I did it.

It's really simple.

  • Cut up your oranges into half dollar size pieces or so. (This step is optional - sometimes i'm too lazy to even do this!)
  • Dry Orange peels for a week to 10 days on a cookie cooling sheet.
  • Fill 3/4 full a wide mouth canning jar with the dried peels. (you could also add lemon peels and grapefruit or lime peels if your feeling saucy!)
  • Cover with Vinegar to the top as the dried peels will absorb the moisture.
  • Wait...
  • I strained mine at 30 days but you could do it at 2 weeks to 8 weeks if you like. 
  • I poured mine into an old pillow case and squeezed every last drop of vinegar I could from them into a large bowl in the sink. 
  • Put in a spray bottle for kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Personally I found it to be a little on the streaky side for clear glass. For me nothing tops straight vinegar and water for clear glass. 

Below is my Orange Peel, Ginger and Clove Tea. This concoction is tasty, supports circulation, is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive and healing overall. My suggestion is to use Organic Oranges only for this so that you ensure your not ingesting pesticides from the peels! 

Orange Peel with Sliced Ginger and a few dried Cloves - other complementary herbs would be licorice root, perhaps a bit of cinnamon or even slippery elm perhaps. 

Orange Peel with Sliced Ginger and a few dried Cloves - other complementary herbs would be licorice root, perhaps a bit of cinnamon or even slippery elm perhaps.