10 Surprising Uses for Oranges

10 Surprising Uses for Oranges

This fruit does more than pack a punch of Vitamin C to your diet.

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Getting rid of the smell of garbage

Like your grandma might have done before you, adding orange peels to your garbage disposal can help freshen its sent. Just drop in a few peels along with some ice cubes and turn your disposal on. When the garbage disposal has worked through the peels and ice, rinse through with water, and you’re all set. Here are some more vintage cleaning tips that work, too.

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Deodorize your refrigerator

Orange peels won’t just eliminate the smell of trash but can clear up any lingering odors in your fridge. Merry Maids, a home cleaning service, suggests placing an orange peel filled with salt in your fridge to keep it smelling fresh. Cut the orange in half, scoop out the pulp, fill the rind with salt, and just tuck it away on the back of a shelf.

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Make a natural cleaner

You can make a natural cleaner for your home just using oranges and vinegar. Cut off as much of the white part of the rind as possible, says Nate Masterson, head of natural product development for Maple Holistics. Then put the peels in a jar of vinegar and let it sit for two weeks, shaking the container once a day. After two weeks is up, strain the liquid into another container. “This natural cleaner has an extremely long shelf-life and smells delicious,” Masterson says. “Plus it can safely and effectively kill germs.” It’s a great solution to add to your list of chemical-free ways to clean your home.

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