Two Monday’s ago, I posted a list of 12 unique ways you can reuse produce scraps to save money, be green, and have fun. Today, I am sharing with you 8 more ways to re-use:
- Go Asian. Citrus flavours are common among Asian cuisine. Rinds are usually the basis for the these flavours. Take your vegetable peeler and remove the skin from tangerines, clementines, and tangelos and dry the peels on a rack. Once dried, store them in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to make that stirfry.
- Darken your grey hair. Yes it’s possible. Boil potato peels in water for about half an hour. Then strain the liquid and let it cool. Then rinse your hair with this water after shampooing. Over time this darkens your hair without having to use chemicals.
- Make soap. Nut shells are great for making your own scented soaps. Just grind up the shells in a blender with a pinch of water. Then mix them with melted glycerin soap and let it cool. Viola, scented soap at your fingertips. Plus the shell pieces work as a mild exfoliant.
- Flavoured Vodka. Similar to the Asian cooking tip, you can use rinds for flavouring vodka. Just add the peels and let the Vodka sit for two weeks.
- Flavored oils. Rinds can also be used to make flavoured oils. Just follow the same process as the vodka tip.
- Make birdhouses. Gourds can be dried and treated and hallowed to make bird houses. Here is a how to.
- Air freshener. Lemon rinds work great at masking smells. Use them in garbage cans, on the stove top in boiling water, or in a humidifier to make your whole house smell fresh.
- Look after your houseplants. Banana peels work great at fertilizing and keeping the bugs at bay on your house plants. Just rub the peels on the leaves.
- Foot moisturizer. Papaya skins and pulp work great on your feet. Just rub the skin and pulp on your heels and it helps sooth cracked feet. They also work well to remove dead skin cells so you could use it on your whole body.
I am sure this is not the end of this list and more uses will be found but it is a great start at reusing our food scraps.
These tips have been based on ideas shared by the Green Cheepskate, Jeff Yeager.