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And if you didn’t already know, oranges can be really handy around the house. Outside of their obvious uses in the kitchen, here are 5 other ideas on how to re-purpose these little mega vitamin C citrus fruits!
1) Fire Starters- The oil in orange peels is flammable so use this to make your own fire starters. Squeeze the oil of orange peels onto a bundle of drier lint for your indoor fireplace. To start a fire while camping or outdoors, put some dried orange peels with the kindling.
2) Clean your sinks – Oranges can be used to safely clean most surfaces. Cut an orange in half and dip it lightly into a dish of salt. Scrub the inside of your sink with the salted orange and rinse thoroughly.
3) Orange Peel Mosquito Repellent – Extracts of orange peels are often used in commercial insect repellents, but unfortunately they’re accompanied by plenty of other chemicals. The good news is that this one is all natural! If you have a reusable clip-on mosquito repeller that’s out of refills, make your own by cutting a slice of orange peel into the same shape as the refill and inserting it into the clip-on.
4) Lift soap scum from glassware– Dingy glasses will sparkle when you soak them in a sink filled with warm water and a handful of orange peels for 5 minutes, then wash as usual. The peels’ citric acid will power through the soap scum and mineral deposits that cause cloudiness.
5) Prevent an aphid attack in your garden– If you have ever had aphids destroy your roses, tomatoes, and sunflowers, use this simple this trick: steep ¼ to ½ cup of citrus peel in 3 to 4 cups of hot water for 10 minutes. When the solution cools, pour it into a spray bottle and spritz your plants once a week. Aphids love citrus scents, but the peels’ citric acid will weaken their soft bodies, eventually killing them—without harming your plants. And this will work for any soft-bodied insects, including slugs.