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Wonder Fruits: 15 Amazing Uses For Citrus, Banana Peels

Banana and citrus peels can be as useful as the fruits themselves. Making use of the peels can create some great results, so instead of tossing your citrus peels or banana peels away, put them to work and give them a second life. 

Although there are so much more things you could do with your kitchen scrapes, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Air Freshener
You could use orange or other citrus peels as a room or air refresher. To make a simple air refresher add citrus peels with cinnamon sticks, and cloves to simmering water. 

This will not only add a wonderful fragrance to your house but humidifies the indoor air as well, or make a potpourri instead. 

Teeth whitening
To whiten your teeth, simply rub the inside of an orange or banana peel over your teeth for about 2 minutes and rinse with water afterwards. Repeat daily or every other day and you should see some results in a few weeks. 
Banana and Orange Peels Work Wonders 

Skin whitening
The vitamin C in lemons or oranges works as a natural skin bleacher. Lightly rub the peel onto your skin to tone and cover up dark blemishes or spots.

Wrinkles
Reduce wrinkles on your forehead, face or cheeks by regularly applying banana peel to it. Gently rub the inside of the peel over your forehead and rinse with lukewarm water afterwards.

Soothe itchy bug bites
To soothe itchy bug bites, rashes or irritations, rub the inside of a banana peel twice a day on the affected area to find instant relieve and promote healing of the skin. 

Lemon sugar scrub
Finely chop the peel of 1 lemon and add to ½ cup sugar. Add enough oil (olive, coconut, jojoba, or almond oil) to make a paste. Wet your skin in the shower and massage the mix all over your skin. Rinse and dry. You could also use coffee grounds instead of the sugar to tackle cellulite. 

Nail whitener
Rub your nails with juiced halves of lemon to whiten your nails, rinse with water afterwards.

Lemon sugar
Give your sugar extra flavor by adding organic lemon zest (or any other organic citrus zest of your liking). With the zest of 3 organic lemons you can make about 2 cups of citrus flavored sugar. Remove the zest and chop roughly. 

Cooking
Add a tangy taste to foods by using organic orange, grapefruit, or lemon zest. Try to scrape only the outer layer of the peel, as the white stuff underneath has a very bitter taste. No need to use them immediately you can dry or freeze the zest for later use.

Green cleaning
Clean dirty sink or counter-tops: citrus peels can be used to thoroughly scrub your sink or counter-tops. Apply salt or baking soda to the affected area and rub with juiced halves of any citrus fruit to get rid of dirty surfaces.

Lemons work best. Rinse with plain water afterwards. Be careful on sensitive surfaces such as marble though. Try on a small spot first. Clean coffee pot: add ice, salt and lemon rinds to your coffee pot and swirl around for a few minutes and rinse well afterwards.

Composting and fertilizers
Banana and orange peels are great composting material. They are filled with nutrients to replenish your soil and they add nitrogen which helps plant leaves to grow. But don’t overdo it, too much nitrogen in your compost can have an adverse effect. 

If you don’t have a compost pile, you could add extra nitrogen and nutrients from banana or orange peels to your soil by applying them directly to planting areas. They rot quickly when buried in soil. You could also dry and grind them to use as a mulch.

Natural pest repellent
Instead of using chemical-laden pesticides try orange or banana peel first. Cut peels up and bury them 1 to 2 inches deep around plants to repel ants and aphids. 

Firelighters
Bake discarded lemon peels until they darken to create natural, fragrant firelighters for your fireplace in the winter. - Online Sources 

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