And in the family room:
Luckily, I didn't find any in the bathroom!
So, what do we do with all of these orange peels? I am trying to decrease our landfill contribution so we researched and found some clever things to do. We also found that scientists are finding ways to use limonene, the phytochemical found in orange peels. Limonene makes up 95% of the essential oil in all citrus fruits. Scientists are also finding ways to make ethanol from the limonene and are finding that limonene has anti-cancer effects. You can learn more about the benefits of limonene here- http://vickids.tamu.edu/nutrition/phytext.pdf. Another beneficial thing nature has provided us!
Here are some things you can do:
1. Make salad dressing: place orange peels and cranberries in a good qualitly olive oil, close up with a cork and let sit. It should be ready for salad in a few weeks.
2. Throw a few peels down the garbage disposal....it's a great deoderizer. Don't use too much, however, I have broken a disposal this way!
3. Use a zester to produce yummy orange zest. Bottle it up, it keeps in the fridge for about a week, or put it in the freezer to keep longer. Sprinkle it into your favorite sugar cookie recipe or on vanilla ice cream, it's also good in sauces, soups and salads!4. Dry the orange peels using a food dehydrater, or in a warm sunny spot for a few days, place the peels in a cloth bag and put in your closet and cupboards to keep them smelling fresh.
13. Place a peel in your brown sugar to keep it soft.
14. Make your own orange oil extract, which can be used for many homemade cleaning products:
***Add your homemade orange extract to white vinegar for a great degreaser, window cleaner and countertop cleaner.
Now the little ladies have a special place in the kitchen to put these very useful gifts from nature. Hopefully, I won't be finding them all over the house anymore! =)