6 Things To Do with Oranges
It turns out oranges are more than just a great-tasting source of vitamin C. Here are six brilliant ways to use oranges all around the house!
Use Oranges as Kindling
Can’t seem to get that campfire started? Dried orange and lemon peels are a far superior choice for use as kindling than newspaper. Not only do they smell better and produce less creosote than newspaper, but the flammable oils found inside the orange peels enable them to burn much longer than paper.
Use Oranges to Make Pomanders
Pomanders have been used for centuries to fill small spaces with a delightful fragrance as well as to combat moths. They’re also incredibly easy to make. Take a bunch of cloves and stick them into an orange, covering the whole surface. Now suspend your pomander using a piece of string, wool or monofilament fishing line inside a wardrobe or cupboard, and it will keep the space smelling fresh for years.
Use Oranges in Stovetop Potpourri
Fill your abode with a refreshing citrus scent by simmering several orange and/or lemon peels in 1-2 cups of water in an aluminum saucepan for a few hours. Add water as needed during the simmering. This process freshens up the pot while freshening the air in your home.
Use Oranges to Keep Cats Off Your Lawn
Are the neighbour’s cats still mistaking your lawn for their litter box? Gently point them elsewhere by making a mixture of orange peels and coffee grounds and distributing it around the cats’ “old haunts.” If they don’t take the hint, lay down a second batch and try moistening it with a bit of water.
Use Oranges to Show Ants the Door
Want to get rid of the ants in your garden, on your patio and along the foundations of your home? Reach for an orange! In a blender, make a smooth puree of a few orange peels in 1 cup of warm water. Slowly pour the solution over and into anthills to send the little pests packing. Repeat the process if they return.
Use Oranges in Your Mosquito Repellent
If you’re not crazy about the idea of rubbing onions all over yourself to keep away mosquitoes, you may be happy to know that you can often get similar results by rubbing fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin. It’s said that mosquitoes and gnats are totally repulsed by either scent.