The days are shorter, the air is crisp and Sports Center is focused on football. Yup, fall is just around the corner!  While the new season doesn’t officially arrive until Saturday, it’s not too soon to get in the spirit of things, and nothing says autumn like apples! So don a sweater, grab a pumpkin latte and try one of these upcycled apple peel ideas.

Make Jelly. Eating apple peels in every form, even sweet jelly, is good for your health! Apples are high in antioxidants, especially the peels. In fact, almost half of the vitamin C in apples is in the peel! To get an antioxidant boost at breakfast, try this apple core and peel jelly recipe.

Clean Cookware. If your delicious dinner left a caked-on mess in the bottom of your aluminum pot or pan, use apple peels to clean it up. The acid in apple peels breaks down stains and restores the aluminum to its original shine. Simply boil a handful of apple peels in water and let it simmer in your damaged cookware for 20-30 minutes. The mess should come right out and then you can care for your pots and pans like you normally would.

Brew Tea. Stay warm on chilly evenings with apple peel tea. You’ll reap all of the antioxidant benefits with none of the sugar! We love this recipe from Finding Joy in My Kitchen.

Freshen Your Air. Fill your home with the smell of fall with this apple peel air freshener. For this eco-friendly stove-top brew, you’ll need cinnamon, ginger or cloves, lemon juice and apple peels. Place your ingredients in a pan and cover them with water. Bring the concoction to a boil and then let it simmer until the water has evaporated.

If apples aren’t your favorite autumn fruit, that’s fine – other fruit peels have home and health benefits, too! Check out Four Ways to Use Fruit Rinds to learn more.

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