Roundup: Creative Uses For Kitchen Scraps

Roundup: Creative Uses For Kitchen Scraps

Emily Han
Mar 2, 2010

Before tossing them in the compost, we like to think of one or two more ways to reuse kitchen scraps. Some odds and ends can be used to clean, deodorize, or flavor another dish. Here's a roundup of our tips on citrus peels, coffee grounds, egg shells, green tea, and vegetable and meat scraps. Share your own good ideas in the comments!

1 Citrus peels. Infuse liquor, freshen your clothes, make household cleaner. Read more: 5 Good Uses for Your Citrus Peels, 5 (More) Uses for Citrus Peels, and Simple Green: Freshen Your Sink with Fresh Citrus

2 Coffee grounds. Exfoliate your skin, deodorize the fridge, repel ants. Read more: After Your Coffee Break: 11 Uses for Coffee Grounds and 7 Household Uses for Coffee Grounds

3 Egg shells. Use them in the garden, make chalk, start seeds. Read more: A Few Things To Do With Empty Egg Shells

4 Green tea. Sprinkle them in the bathtub, prevent rusty pans, deodorize the litter box. Read more: Re-Using Green Tea Leaves Around the Home and Green Tea: Nature's Deodorizer

5 Vegetable and meat scraps. Make stock! Read more: Tip: Save Vegetable Scraps for Stock and Homemade Stock: What's Your Routine?

How do you reuse kitchen scraps? Share your tips with us!

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