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Give Kitchen Trash a Second Life–35 Quick Tips

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Fruit and Vegetable Peels
Grate the outer layer of oranges, lemons or limes to make zest for marinades, baking, flavored vinegars and oils–you can also freeze it if you wrap it well.
Strips of peel are good in cocktails, sparkling water, and tap water–or to make candied citrus peels.
Infuse honey, olive oil, or vinegar with citrus peels.
Rub juiced lemon or lime halves on greasy pans, splattered stove tops, stinky sinks, counters or cutting board to clean and refresh.
Leftover orange or grapefruit peels can be lightly rubbed on your face (watch out for your eyes!), then gently rinsed with warm water, for a nice skin tonic.
Lemon peel can help lighten age spots–strap or tape a small piece on the spot and leave an hour.
Rub the fleshy part of a piece of avocado peel on your face for a luscious quick moisturizer.
Potato peelings are a great puffiness-reducer: apply the moist side of the fresh peels to your skin and allow to remain on for 15 minutes.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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9:13AM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Thank you for the tips.

12:52PM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

Thank you for good tips.

11:26AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013


11:08AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Great tips,very useful thanks for sharing

1:20AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Useful tips to start using right away... Thank you...

2:01AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

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12:39PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Great tips--thanks.

3:23AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Thank you

12:18PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Wow. Lots of great suggestions here.

3:24AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011


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