Still throwing away garlic skins? Rather use them to make these valuable products

by Mark Bennett

April 28, 2024

Still throwing away garlic skins? Rather use them to make these valuable products

Garlic is widely used for culinary purposes in the kitchen. And when you do, you probably throw the skins away, right? But the skins can be a valuable resource.

In fact, there are numerous ways to use garlic skins at home and in the garden. Check out the list below: 

1. Fertilizer


Garlic skins can be an excellent fertilizer and easy to use. The skins contain numerous useful nutrients which are beneficial for plants. To make this fertilizer, simply steep the skins of 2 cloves of garlic in water for 3 days. Thereafter, filter the mixture and transfer it to a watering can and use to water your plants.

Alternatively, crush up the garlic skins and sprinkle them on the soil to make it more fertile.


2. Pesticide

Garlic skins


Garlic skins can also be useful to prevent and eliminate parasites: you can use the same mixture described above to spray directly on the leaves of your plants to repel/eliminate harmful parasites.

3. Tonic for nails and hair



Garlic is also an excellent tonic for nails and hair, capable not only of strengthening hair and nails but also for eliminating dandruff and fighting off fungal infections. Prepare a tonic by steeping garlic skins for 3-4 hours in water and use this to on your nails and hair.

4. Vegetable broth


Garlic skins are great for preparing tasty vegetable broths and for flavoring soups, stews and risottos.

5. Cosmetic uses


Garlic skins can also have various cosmetic uses. The beneficial micronutrients they contain, in fact, can be useful for stabilizing your sebaceous glands and fighting the spread of acne. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect can be useful for sensitive skin and restoring epithelial tissue, eliminating redness and itching.

Prepare a skin tonic by putting 3 tablespoons of garlic skins in 1 liter of water and boiling this over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the heat, leave for 12 hours, then filter the solution. Once filtered, use the resulting tonic to wash your face and body.

Your skin will immediately look and feel more vibrant.


6. To aid digestion


Finally, an infusion of garlic skins can be useful for promoting good digestion thanks to the anti-inflammatory components and fibres they contain (which not only protect the mucous membranes of the stomach, but also bloster intestinal flora).

Do you know of other uses for garlic skins?