If you like to peel your cucumbers for cooking of making salads, you may end up with a sink full of the dark green skins. Instead of tossing them out, consider putting the peels to use. Cucumber peels can be useful in several ways, from beauty regimens to pest control -- this versatile scrap can be put to good use in several areas around the home.
Cucumbers are a natural pest control agent to ward off ants, as ants notoriously hate cucumbers. Lay any leftover cucumber peels you have on hand in corners of the kitchen, garage or bathroom, anywhere you are having an ant problem. Make sure to remove the peels before they begin to decompose.
The vitamins and oils in the cucumber are beneficial for the skin. You can place some peels over your eyes to reduce puffiness and redness; or rub the wet underside of the peel over your face for a quick face mask that will tighten the skin.
An unused cucumber peel can be turned into an attractive garnish for meals or cocktails. Use a potato peeler to strip of a long, curly piece of cucumber peel and place a few curls on top of a salad or rice dish. Or rest one curl of peel at the rim of a martini glass for a refreshing twist on the olive garnish.
Cucumber peels are biodegradable, making them a natural tool in a compost jar. You can make a compost jar by putting a garbage bag in a container with a tight fitting lid, then throw in waste products like egg shells, apple cores and cucumber peels: or just sprinkle the cucumber peels over your garden and let them decompose naturally into the soil.
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