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6 Clever Food Scrap Hacks You Need To Start Using Now!

With the price of fresh fruit and veggies on the rise, we can't afford to be wasteful with our food! Instead of tossing kitchen scraps in the trash or the compost, there are better ways to get full use out of your fruit!

Before you toss your fruit and vegetable scraps, try some of these genius ways to get the most bang for your buck.

It doesn't take much extra time to transform scraps and they are delicious and practical alternatives to the dump.

Vegetable tops and peels

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Even if they're not the most edible parts of the veggie, the peels and tops still pack a lot of flavor and nutrients, so don't let all that good stuff go to waste!

Chop up the ends and the skins to freeze. Once you have enough, you can boil them down with spices into a delicious broth.

Corn cobs ad a rich flavor to any stock and tomato ends punch up a sauce with extra tartness and juice.

Got oranges? Check out what to do with 'em on the next page!

Citrus Peels

There's nothing like cutting into a juicy orange, grapefruit or tangerine. That fresh burst of citrus smell fills your nostrils and kitchen with the delicious aroma of summer.

Seriously, cut up a tray of mixed citrus and you're transported to a tropical island. Instead of throwing out that scented goodness, grind up some peels into the garbage disposal to mask unpleasant odors.

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Apple Peels

Got dirty aluminum pots and pans? Easily remove stains by tossing some apple peels into simmering water in a dirty pot and let it boil on the stove for 20-30 minutes.

Let cool, then wipe the stains away!

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Got itchy skin? The scraps of this vegetable can help with that!

Cucumber Peels

Do you peel your cucumbers? Don't toss 'em out - toss them in the bath!

Cucumber skins in the bathwater can help to soothe dry, itchy skin.

Combine them with Aloe Vera for an extra soothing soak!

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Lemon

If you've got a half-dry lemon wedge, use it to clean and shine your stove top!

Either squeeze the juice mixed with warm water onto a cloth, or just run the fruit directly over the stove top to clean.

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Shine your shoes with the fruit on the next page!

Banana Peels

Get an easy shoe shine with banana peels!

Just rub the inside of a peel over your shoes than buff away the residue with a soft, clean cloth.

Easy as that! It works well on anything made of leather, so bring out those purses, sandals and even belts!

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Can you think of any others? Share them in the comments below!