6 Uses of Orange Peel You Probably Didn't Know

Nov 3, 2023, 05:24 PM IST

6 Uses of Orange Peel You Probably Didn't Know


Here are six uses for orange peels that go beyond just enjoying the fruit itself

 Add Zest to Cooking  

The outer layer of orange peel, or zest, adds a burst of citrus flavour to both sweet and savoury dishes. Grate it and sprinkle it on salads, desserts, or main courses for an extra zing.

Homemade Cleaners

 The natural oils in orange peels can be used to create a DIY cleaner. Combine orange peels with white vinegar to make an all-purpose cleaner that not only smells great but also helps cut through grease and grime.

Candied Orange Peel

 Transform orange peels into a sweet treat by candying them. Boil the peels in sugar syrup, let them dry, and then coat them in sugar. They make a delightful snack or a colourful addition to desserts.


The essential oils in orange peels have a refreshing and uplifting aroma. Dry the peels and use them in potpourri, sachets, or homemade scented candles to infuse your space with a citrusy fragrance.

Natural Pest Repellent

Citrus peels including orange peels contain compounds that pests dislike. Scatter dried orange peels around plants in your garden or place them in areas where you want to deter insects.

 Skin Care

The oils in orange peels have skin-brightening properties. Dry and grind orange peels to make a powder, then mix it with yoghurt or honey to create a natural face mask. It can help exfoliate, lighten dark spots, and leave your skin feeling fresh.