Beneficial Uses of Fruit and Vegetable Peels

fruit-peelUndoubtedly, fruit and vegetable peels comprise the highest percentage of wastes in most kitchen garbage bins. This is not something to be shocked about, especially if the members in the household cook their food at home. However, it can be shocking at times that people are not yet knowledgeable on the proper means of recycling and reusing peels. While you can eat some of them, a lot of peels are actually beneficial when it comes to the home’s sanitary purposes. But wait, peels aren’t just all about cleaning the house, they’re more than that. Here are is a list of some of the most beneficial uses of fruit and vegetable peels.

Firstly, edible peels are good sources of numerous antioxidants and odd compounds, which are actually combatants against cancer and other degenerative diseases. In fact, studies show that most cures for rare diseases are found by eating certain fruit or vegetable peels. Consequently, the nutrients and beneficial compounds of some fruits are found in its skin. For instance, an apple’s skin has tons of phytochemicals and other valuable substances. The more you eat deeper, the lesser nutrients you get because they’re all jam packed in its skin and outermost parts. Although some peels are skin irritants, they’re highly nutritious. However, make sure to consume peels of produce that are well-washed and organic since they contain lower to zero traces of chemicals compared to non-organic and unwashed goods. Most citrus fruits are best when mixed with dips and sauces, made into candies and flavor confectionery, and pickled. They’re also best when eaten with the fruit.

Secondly, peels are best for skin whitening, scrubbing, and cleansing. Lemon peel, apple peel, papaya peel, pomegranate peel, and banana peel can be made into facial masks and body scrubs that provide natural glowing effects. To start with, grate the peel and crush them to create peel powder. Depending on your available ingredient, you can add cider vinegar, honey, yoghurt, or milk into any of the peels mentioned above. Mix well and add the contents of a Vitamin E capsule. Let it leave on your face for at least 20 minutes then wash with lukewarm water. When used for scrubbing, be very gentle in scrubbing your facial skin as it might irritant sensitive skin. These peels provide relief against dark spots, wrinkles, and skin roughness. They also provide elasticity, visible smoothness, and even-toned skin. Ditch those commercial products today and start making peel powders now. On the other hand, potato peel provides natural care to weak and slow-growing hair. Cold potato peels are also dubbed to provide fast relief to puffy eyes.

Thirdly, fruit and vegetable peels are great helpers to maintain a clean and odor-free house without sans chemicals. Citrus fruits have always been a favorable component of any odor reducing or antibacterial formulas because they have natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help minimize odor in a certain spot by killing bacteria in the area. A good example would be an orange peel, which provides tons of valuable uses at home that helps make life easier. An orange peel in a container of brown or white sugar can keep sugar from lumping; few orange peels and running water help de-stink garbage disposal; simmer orange peels for a citrusy smell in your house; and using it as a natural insect repellant by rubbing it on your skin. Potato peels, when soaked in cold water for hours, can help bring back the sparkle of silverware and cutlery.

Fourthly, I bet you have not yet heard that fruit peels can be used to purify and filter water at home. For those who are knowledgeable on this tip, kudos to you, but for those who have not yet learned about water purification using fruit peels, read on. Banana peels and apple and tomato peels have long been a subject on various water purification projects. Researchers found out that banana peels contain carboxylic acids, which can bind metals present in water. For a homemade apple and tomato peel water purifying technique, rub the peels with rubbing alcohol solution and let them soak in water then let it become very dry. Then place in a container full of water, which can then be drunk after a few hours. Banana peels are good trappers of lead and copper while apple and tomato peels are best binders of chemicals, dyes, and other toxic particles.

Finally, if you are a garden enthusiast, you can never get enough of the benefits of fruit rinds to your garden. Whether you want the skins to be part of the compost or simply take charge of the pests the naturally way, fruit and veggie peels always do an amazing job in any garden. Nut shells keep garden slugs away; scooped avocado skin in one piece can be made into seedling pots; dampened and sweetened corn husks as wrapper for grilled fish; skins from citrus fruits make a great vodka infusion; and banana peels for shinier and pesticide-free houseplants.