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What to Do With Old Citrus Peels


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When was the last time you considered a citrus peel for more than a second? It’s the skin around either the orange or lemon or whichever fruit it houses, you peel it off, and throw it out. But once you start researching common zero waste practices and how you can more efficiently lead a lower-impact life, you come to realize just how much potential is in a single citrus peel.

Truth is, there’s a lot you can do with a citrus peel. Firstly, instead of throwing it out, citrus peels can almost always be added to the household compost. Lime peels, orange peels, lemon peels, grapefruit peels—each of these types of citrus peels have been somewhat controversial in composting. Some people think that citrus peels ward off good worms that help the compost work faster; others argue citrus peels deter bugs from also working on the compost pile. But these myths have no truth to them; in fact, citrus peels are crucial to the compost pile.