From avocado toast to homemade guacamole, avocados will never go out of style. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also a great source of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and fiber. Plus, you can use them in everything from sandwiches to creamy chocolate pudding.
If you’re someone who can’t get enough of avocados, you’ve probably tossed out countless pits. But what if we told you there’s a way to use the pits so they don’t wind up in landfills with the 70 billion pounds of food waste every year? Here are some easy ways to use an avocado pit.
6 Ways to Use an Avocado Pit
1. Grow an Avocado Plant
Yes, you can grow your own avocado plant from a pit—it just takes patience! When cutting open your avocado, try not to damage the pit. If the pit is completely intact, rinse it and gently peel off the skin with your fingers.
Once you’ve peeled the skin, place the pit in a reusable silicone bag with a damp paper towel. In a few days, you’ll see a root form. Check out our step-by-step guide for the rest of the instructions!
2. Dye Clothes
Looking to give your old clothes a new life? Try dyeing them! Believe it or not, you can use avocado pits to create a blush pink dye for your clothes and textiles.
All you need is your fabric, 3 to 4 avocado pits per half a pound of fabric, and a large pot and tongs. Put your avocado pits in a pot, add water, and bring to a boil. After about an hour, remove the pot from the heat.
When you’re ready to dye your clothes, remove the pits, add the textiles, and bring the pot back to a simmer. After about 30 minutes, you’ll have pretty pink clothes!
3. Make a DIY Face Scrub
Looking for a new face scrub? Use your avocado pit to make a DIY version! Avocado seeds can be a natural exfoliant for your skin.
To make your own avocado seed face scrub, save avocado pits and let them dry out in the sun for a couple of days. Then, peel the skin off and grate until a powder is created. Once you have a powder, you can mix it with your favorite eco-friendly facial cleanser.
4. Make a Wind Chime
You’ve probably seen cool-looking wind chimes made from natural materials, like shells. Why not try to make one with leftover, dried-out avocado pits? Attach your pits to a base with some twine and hang it up outside.
5. Use Them in Art Projects
You can use dried avocado seeds in a variety of different art projects. All you need to do is get creative! People have used them to create jewelry (like pendants, earrings and necklaces and brooches). You can also carve them into mini sculptures and paint them. They’ve even been used to make buttons.
6. Compost Them
While an avocado pit and peel may take longer to decompose, it’s not impossible. If you want to compost your avocado pit, carefully chop it up into smaller pieces or grind it up. This will make the process faster. Put the pieces in your kitchen counter compost bin, and you’re good to go.
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