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Use Your Peels, Don't Trash Them!

By Donna Stark 

If you have been trying to drink more water lately and have been infusing it with citrus fruits, you may find that your trash can is getting pretty full with the leftover peels. And even though your garbage can is finally starting to smell good for once, do you find yourself wondering if there is a better way to use all of those sweet-smelling peels? Well, you have come to the right place for an answer! Take a look at some creative ways to repurpose your peels.

Make Your House Smell Good

Forget those expensive air fresheners at the store that you constantly need to buy refills for. Your leftover citrus peels can do the same thing, only more natural! Simply boil some water on your stove and add a handful of peels. Just be sure to keep an eye on it and don't forget to turn the burner off when you leave the house!

Make Your Body Smell Good

From citrus-infused baths to sweet-smelling scrubs, those peels you have been tossing away could have been used to make your body smell good instead of your trash can. So throw some into your hot bath or grind them up and add to your homemade body scrubs. In addition to smelling good, they are also great for boosting your mood!

Make Some Really Good Candy

There is nothing better sitting next to your morning tea and scone than some candied citrus peels. Look online for some simple recipes on how to create this elegant indulgence and get ready to give yourself a morning treat to look forward to. 

Make Some Pantry Staples

Do you like to experiment in the kitchen? How about whipping up some flavored seasonings and olive oils? For a great lemon-pepper seasoning, simply dry out those lemon peels, grind into a powder, and mix with as much salt and pepper as you like. And for the infused olive oil, mix some grated peels with the oil and let it sit for one to two weeks. You will love the new flavors so much, you may even end up cooking at home more often than you do now!

Don't Throw Them in the Trash!

Sure, they make your trash can smell good, but those citrus peels can do so much more! So channel your creativity and start using them for other purposes. You may even find yourself looking for even more ways to enjoy those peels. After all, once you start adding citrus to your days, it's hard to give it up!

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