We all know eating fruits and vegetables is a great way to stay healthy. If you love consuming these healthy greens and delicious fruits, you probably have loads of peelings piling in the bin. Most of us would just throw them away, but before you put them in the trash, there are actually a lot of ways to use these peels.
Use avocado peel as a face moisturizer, which is rich in fatty acids that are good for our hair and skin. Just take the peel and start rubbing it on your face or even your hair. Wash the peel after 20 minutes.
Peels from potatoes are actually edible. You can turn them into crisps and serve them with chives and sour cream or even hummus.
Cut one inch of the strip or just take a small part of an orange peel and cover your teeth with it. Make sure the pith faces your teeth and start scrubbing up and down. The peel is acidic and will help brighten your teeth. Wait at least 20 minutes before brushing your teeth like normal because brushing right away will damage your tooth enamel due to the acid.
If you’re in a place with hard water, your kettle most likely has mineral deposits that have accumulated inside it. This buildup can cause scaling and you will find your kettle takes longer than usual to boil water. Use thin slices of lemon peel and boil them in your kettle. Let it sit there for an hour. Then, you can drain the mixture and rinse the kettle.
5. Apple and Tomato
One study conducted in the Singapore National University discovered that apple peel is usable as a biomass for purifying water, while tomato can be used as an adsorbent. To do this, soak the peels from your tomatoes and apples in alcohol for 24 hours as this will remove microorganisms in them. Let them dry first before soaking the peels in tap water. Remove the peels after an hour.
There are many uses for your vegetable peels, including as feed for your chickens and as a smoothie. For smoothies, there are many possible combinations, such as peels of onions, cucumbers, and carrots. You can also use peels of leeks, onions, and potatoes for vegetable stock by boiling them all together for about 30 minutes. Freeze the stock to use for casseroles or soups.
Next time you have fruit and vegetable scraps, don’t throw them away. They have many uses and you can even eat some of them, including apple peels, which are rich in fiber.