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7 Innovative Ways to Use Food Waste

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If you think the only useful purpose of food waste is to make compost or feed the family dog under the table, then you’re missing some opportunities.

The scraps of food that end up in the garbage or the compost bin can have a purpose other than becoming food for soil. You can get creative with food scraps for applications around the home, even incorporating them into recipes. Here are seven ideas to give food waste a new life…

1. Mask Disposal Odors

One of the problems with garbage disposers is that while it does a great job breaking down leftovers and bones into bits small enough to safely pass through plumbing, it often leaves behind a less than pleasant scent.

One suggestion from Care2.com is to take the peels from citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges) and toss them into the garbage disposal unit to “destink” it. Ironically, the less you dispose of your food waste in this way in favor of other purposes, the less problems you’ll probably have with foul smells.

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