A clever way to repurpose an everyday item.

By Real Simple
Updated September 09, 2004
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Orange peel in a box of brown sugar
Credit: Tria Giovan

Original purpose: Nature's disposable packaging.

Aha! use: Brown sugar lifesaver. Prevent the sugar from getting hard by keeping a three-inch-long piece of orange peel in the box at all times.

Reward: Lump-free gingerbread.