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Here Are 29 Creative Ways To Give Kitchen Trash A Second Life

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This is how you can give peels, stems and wrappings a second chance, without having to throw them away.

1. Coffee Grounds

Once a week, mix grounds in your conditioner for smoother, shinier hair.


2. Celery and Lettuce Stumps

Both of these delicious foods can be regrown from their stumps. Just add water!


3. Sprouted Potatoes

White and sweet potatoes that have sprouted eyes can be planted in soil (or water!) to regrow new veggies.


4. Egg Cartons

You can use these bizzare shaped containers to keep ornaments safe or store golf balls.


5. Citrus Peels

Add fresh peels to smoothies for extra fiber and nutrients.


6. Milk or Juice Carton

Make a little birdhouse or a piggy bank.


7. Onion and Garlic Skins

Onion and garlic skins actually hold more nutrients than the flesh, so get the most from these aromatics by using them to make homemade soup stock.


8. Watermelon Rinds

Watermelon rinds can be made into delicious preserves as well as pickles.


9. Celery Leaves

Eat them just like you would the celery! Add tops to soups, stews, or smoothies or use as an edible garnish.


10. Banana Peels

Rub them on your skin to relieve the itch of rashes, psoriasis, and insect bites. Rub the pithy side on shoes and silver to polish naturally!


11. Broccoli Stalks and Leaves

Eat them! Raw, chopped stalks make a great addition to fresh salads, while the leaves can be cooked and eaten like cabbage.


12. Scallion (Green Onion) Stubs

These can easily be regrown in a jar of water. Snip just the tops for an endless supply!


13. Butter Wrappers

The little bit of butter still clinging to the wrapper is perfect for greasing your baking pans! Just fold and keep in the fridge until needed.


14. Wine Corks

Use them as tiny succulent planters. Glue many together for a DIY corkboard. Or bathmat.


15. Kale Stems

Add to smoothies or juice for added nutrients and fiber.


16. Apple Peels

The acidity in apple peels can remove stains from aluminum pots and pans.


17. Almond Pulp

Simply spread out in a thin layer and allow to dry. Then grind into almond flour for gluten-free baking!


18. Pineapple Tops

With a little patience you really can regrow a pineapple from the crown, which is typically discarded.


19. Fruit and Veggie Pulp

Mix it into smoothies for added nutrients or use it to make delicious breads.


20. Coffee Filters

Cut and use as emergency muffin tin liners.


21. Egg Shells

Grind and add to pet food as a calcium supplement.


22. Meat Bones

Steep in a crockpot overnight for delicious homemade broth full of healing nutrients.


23. Pickle Juice

When the last pickle is eaten, simply refill the jar with fresh cut veggies and wait a few days. Instant pickles!


24. Mesh Fruit Sacks

With a few tweaks, these mesh sacks become DIY pot scrubbers.


25. Paper Towel Rolls

These rolls have a plethora of uses around the house. The cord organizer just happens to be my favorite!


26. Parmesan Cheese Container

Wash and dry these containers, then fill with any seasoning or product (like Borax or baking soda) that needs to be sprinkled.


27. Onion or Potato Sacks

Use as a unique gift wrapping, a sack for kids toys (like blocks), or a DIY laundry bag.


28. Apple Cores

These and other fruit cores/rinds can be used to make delicious fruit scrap vinegar.


29. Carrot Tops

Blend the greens into homemade pesto or you can even regrow them from the stumps!



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