You don’t realize how many things you throw away when you’re done cooking. Peels, stems or even packaging all go to the trash, but what if we told you that they can be recycled in an intelligent and original way?
Here are 28 creative ways that give kitchen waste a second life. You will be surprised to find out how many things we can do, for example, with egg shells, banana peels or coffee grounds.
DIY recycles kitchen waste as well
1- The coffee grounds
Once a week, add the coffee grounds to the conditioner. This mixture will give shine and softness to your hair. Mix the coffee grounds with coconut oil to obtain an effective exfoliator for facial skin.
Throwing coffee grounds into the fireplace hearth reduces dust when cleaning. A cup of coffee in the refrigerator eliminates unpleasant odors.
2- Heart of lettuce and celery
Never throw away the heart of lettuce or celery. These two delicious foods can grow back from this heart. Just add water!
3- Sprouted potatoes
The white and sweet potatoes that have started to germinate can be planted in the ground or in the water. Therefore, new vegetables will grow back.
4- Cardboard packaging for eggs
Egg packs can be used in several ways: storing golf balls, Christmas decorations or using them as disposable paint can holders.
5- Citrus peels
Add citrus peels to fresh juices; they will supply all the nutrients and fiber they contain. Chopped peels placed around the house and in the garden act as a deterrent because insects hate citrus fruits. Put them in the basket to deodorize them. To store the citrus peels, put them in a brown paper bag, they won’t mold.
6- Carton of milk or fruit juice
The juice or milk packaging is a cardboard box but covered with wax. This makes it difficult to recycle. Here is an original idea not to throw it away: build a small bird house or a piggy bank.
7- The onion and garlic peels
Onions and garlic peels contain more nutrients than the food itself. So use them as aromatic products when making homemade soups.
8- Watermelon peels
Watermelon rinds can be turned into delicious jams or pickles. Rubbing the skin with watermelon peels helps fight acne.
9- Celery leaves
Eat them as you eat celery! Add the celery leaves to soups, stews or smoothies. Otherwise, use them as an edible side dish.
10- Banana peels
Wrap the banana peels around the stems of the tomato plants. They will act as fertilizers. Sprinkle the chopped banana peels in the garden to help control pests.
Rubbing them on the skin relieves itching, rashes, psoriasis and insect bites. Banana peels can be used to naturally polish shoes and silver objects. Rub using the inner and white part of the peel.
11- The stems and the broccoli leaves
Don’t throw them away, eat them. Broccoli leaves can be cooked and eaten as cabbage and stalks can be cut and added to salads.
12- Leek head
They can easily grow back in a jar of water. Put them in a jar with water and you will have an infinite supply!
13- Butter packing
The butter that remains glued on the package is perfect for greasing your baking molds! You just need to fold it and keep it in the refrigerator until you need to use it.
14- Corks for wine bottles
Use them as small pots for succulent plants. Add a hook and a ring and get a recycled and clean toilet bowl.
15- The skins of apples
Dried apple peels can be used to prepare delicious autumn teas. The acidity of apple peels can remove stains from aluminum pots and pans. Put fresh apple peels on your eyes for 5-10 minutes to reduce dark circles.
16- Card of almonds
If you made almond milk (here’s the sweet almond recipe to make at home), you probably wondered what to do with all the pulp left. Just spread it in a thin layer and let it dry. So grind it and get almond flour to cook gluten-free!
17 – The pineapple head
With a little patience, you can really grow a pineapple simply by putting your head in a flower pot.
18- The pulp of fruit and vegetables
Do not throw away the fruit and vegetable pulp of the centrifuge. Add them to your smoothies to take advantage of their nutrients. Use them to make delicious loaves. Incorporate them into the omelette for a tasty dinner.
19- Coffee filters
Use wet coffee filters to make your shoes shine. You can cut them and use them as molds for your muffins if you run out of paper molds. Rinsed and dried, coffee filters can be used as dust cloths.
Crush the egg shells and mix them with the soil during gardening. Your garden will benefit from their calcium content. Adding them to the bottom of the pot plants, egg shells serve as additional drainage. Add them crushed into pet food, provide extra calcium. When the eggshell powder is finely added to the coffee filter, it makes the coffee filter less bitter. That’s why you no longer have to throw away egg shells.
21- Bones of the flesh
Arrange the bones of the meat in a slow cooker and cook them in the broth to enrich it with nutrients and taste.
22 – Pickle juice
When the last pickle is consumed, simply fill the pot with fresh cut vegetables and wait a few days. You will get an instant marinade!
23- Packaging nets
The nets of lemons or other vegetable packaging can be recycled making them abrasive sponges.
24- Toilet rolls
These rollers have a multitude of uses in the home, such as storing electrical cables.
25- Jars with perforated lid
Wash and dry these cans, then fill them with a seasoning or product that should be used sprinkled, such as Parmesan or oregano.
26- Mesh bags that pack potatoes or onions
They can be used to embellish a gift box, carry children’s toys or store laundry.
27- The cores of apples
Apple cores and other fruit cores can be used to prepare delicious pickled fruits.
28- Carrot tops
You can add them to soup or stew. You can also mix them with other vegetables to make a homemade pesto.