Super Uses for Citrus Rinds

Hi Folks,

Reduce, reuse, and recycle isn’t just for plastic bags and glass bottles. The same principle applies to your kitchen waste. Take citrus rinds, for example: You could just toss ‘em in the trash, but then you’d be missing out on some of their best uses!

To make a fabulous facial cleanser, grind orange or lemon peels in a coffee grinder until they’re the consistency of cornmeal. Then mix 1 tbsp. of the peels with enough plain yogurt to make a paste. Wash your face with this mix, rinse, and pat dry to reveal fresh, glowing skin.

Citrus rinds are great kitchen helpers, too. The next time you wash your crystal glassware, add pieces of lemon peel to the rinse water, and your glasses will come out sparkling clean. And every now and then, cut a citrus rind into chunks and run it through your garbage disposal to prevent odors from forming.

In the garden, orange rinds make terrific slug traps. Before dark, set hollowed-out rinds among your plants, and come morning, they’ll be filled with the slimy pests. Simply dump the contents into a bucket of soapy water.

And of course, hollowed-out citrus rind halves are some of my favorite seed-starter pots—just fill ‘em with soil and a seed. Then, when the time comes, move the whole thing—pot and all—to the garden. How much easier can it get?


  1. Hi Jerry! I love this blog! It has lots of good information. The only thing I don’t like about it is that you don’t put more!

  2. I have your “Garden Secrets” that is highlighted, noted in the margins and marked throughout. I LOVE your tips and ideas.
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Can’t wait to try using the citrus bowl to start some seeds. Wonderful idea, thank you!

  3. Hi Jerry, Thanks for your great suggestions!!! We are in a time of watching our pennies, so I love the creativity you have with frugalness in mind!!! I have planted a garden for the first time ever and my dad recommended your site to me! Thanks for sharing your wisdom! Melissa

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