26 Inspired Ways To Give Kitchen Trash A Second Life

You'll never look at food the same way again


Check out these kitchen hacks for extending the lifespan of fresh food! You might just be amazed at what can be up-cycled, read on…

1. Coffee Grounds


  • Once a week, mix grounds in your conditioner for smoother, shinier hair.
  • Sprinkle damp grounds in your fireplace to reduce flyaway dust while cleaning.
  • A bowl full of grounds in the fridge will eliminate nasty odors.
  • Mix grounds with coconut oil for an effective facial exfoliator.

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

These oddly shaped containers have lots of uses: keep ornaments safe, store golf balls, start herb seeds, use as disposable paint pots for little ones…

5. Citrus Peels


  • Add fresh peels to smoothies for extra fiber and nutrients.
  • Insects hate citrus. Chop and place around the house and garden as a deterrent.
  • Put them down the garbage disposal to deodorize the drain.
  • Put peels in a bag of brown sugar and store in fridge to keep soft.
  • Dry, grind up, and mix with salt or pepper for DIY lemon seasoning.

6. Milk or Juice Carton


  • These wax covered cartons are hard to recycle, so why not make a little birdhouse?
  • Cut the bottom half off and use as a planter.
  • Transform it into a piggy bank.
  • Reseal with tape and use as building blocks.

7. Onion and Garlic Skins

Did you know onion and garlic skins actually hold more nutrients than the flesh? 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.
  • Rubbing watermelon rinds on your skin can also help clear up acne.

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


  • Wrap banana peels around tomato plant stalks for fertilizer.
  • Sprinkle chopped up peels throughout the garden as a pest deterrent.
  • Rub them on your skin to relieve the itch of rashes, psoriasis, and insect bites.
  • Add them to the roasting pan to keep boneless meats from drying out.
  • Rub the pithy side on shoes and silver to polish naturally!

11. Broccoli Stalks and Leaves

Eat ’em! 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.
  • With a little shaping you can also combine into coasters.
  • Add a hook and ring on the end for a neat upcycled keychain.

15. Kale Stems


  • Pickle them.
  • Add to smoothies or juice for added nutrients and fiber.
  • Dry them, then grind up and combine with salt for a unique seasoning.

16. Apple Peels


  • Dried apple peels can be used to make a delicious autumn tea.
  • The acidity in apple peels can remove stains from aluminum pots and pans.
  • Place fresh apple peels over your eyes for 5-10 min. to reduce dark circles.

17. Almond Pulp

If you’ve been making your own almond milk, you may have wondered what to do with all the leftover pulp. Simply spread out in a thin layer and allow to dry. Then grind into almond flour for gluten-free baking! Additional ideas at the link below.

18. Pineapple Tops

It’s true! With a little patience you really can regrow a pineapple from the crown, which is typically discarded. Even if you don’t live in the tropics.

19. Fruit and Veggie Pulp


  • The by produce of fresh, homemade juice is lots of pulp. Don’t throw it away!
  • Mix it into smoothies for added nutrients.
  • Use it to make delicious breads.
  • Spread and bake into Raw Juicer Pulp Crackers.
  • Mix it into batter for savory dinner pancakes.

20. Coffee Filters


  • Use damp coffee filters to shine your shoes.
  • Cut and use as emergency muffin tin liners.
  • Rinsed and dried coffee filters can be used as dust wipes.
  • Dry and use as DIY facial oil blotters.

21. Egg Shells


  • Crumble and mix with gardening soil for added calcium.
  • Add to the bottom of potted plants that need extra drainage.
  • Grind and add to pet food as a calcium supplement.
  • Add finely egg shell powder to your coffee filter to make cheap coffee less bitter.

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. Carrot Tops


  • Add to soup or stew.
  • Blend the greens into homemade pesto.
  • And yes, you can even regrow them from the stumps!