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8 Surprising Household Uses Of Oranges

Last Updated on November 1, 2020

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We all know fruits are the best source of vitamins out there. They are tasteful, filled with natural sugar, and overall it’s the type of food you can eat without feeling guilty about it, even when on a diet.
Oranges are the type of fruit that many people avoid due to their strong smell that ends up reaching the whole house once you start peeling one-off.
However, oranges are filled with vitamin C, a vitamin that is much needed in our bodies. But besides the great benefits they have when consumed, what other things could they be used for?
Before you throw your oranges peels away, make sure to read this article and discover surprisingly interesting things you can do with oranges!

1. Say Goodbye To The Bad Smell Of Garbage

One of the most surprising things you can do with orange peel is to put them down the disposal in small pieces. This hack makes it smell fresher and cleaner.

You can equally use it if you notice a bad odor coming from your drains. You just need to peel an orange and flush its peel through your toilet or dispose of them through the kitchen sink. It will kill all those bad odors leaving your house smelling way better.

2. Oranges = Natural Cleaner

Did you know that you can make a natural cleaner for your house by using oranges and some vinegar?

You don’t need to buy toxic cleaning products anymore. If you want to clean your house while killing all the germs, peel an orange and place the peels in a jar with vinegar.
You should let it sit like this for two weeks. During those two weeks, make sure you shake the jar or container at least once a day. Then, after two weeks, strain the liquid from the jar to another different container, and there you go!

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3. A Natural Deodorant For Your Refrigerator

When it comes to fridges, they can sometimes develop bad smells. The latter issue occurs most of the time due to the food that has expired. However, when you can’t find a reason as to why your fridge is smelling bad, the best thing is to take everything out of the fridge and deep clean it. Also, opening and smelling each product is a must to make sure the food is still consumable.

If you do all of this and the bad smell doesn’t go away, don’t worry, orange peels might end the bad smell for good.
But how to deodorize your fridge with oranges?
You should start by peeling your orange. Once you have the orange peel, place salt in it. Carefully place the orange peel with salt on the back of a shelf or another hidden place.

4. Skin Exfoliation

Let’s take a break on the natural cleaning products and talk about something different such as the beauty uses for oranges.

Oranges are powerful antioxidants, filled with vitamin C. They help with the formation of collagen, which is responsible for giving structure to the skin, making it look smoother, younger, and wrinkle-free.
If you’re looking for how to detoxify your skin while maintaining a glowy, healthy skin, search no more! All you have to do when it comes to exfoliating the skin is to cut one orange and use it for scrubbing your face, add coarse sugar to exfoliate your skin deeply. While the sugar removes dead skin, the juice from the orange hydrates and soothes the skin.
For fighting wrinkles, dip compresses into natural orange juice and place them in your face for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Helps With Urinary System Problems

Oranges might be one of the best natural remedies when it comes to fighting diseases.

From cholesterol to bladder problems, drinking natural orange juice helps to boost your digestive system, making your intestines, muscles, and nerves work better. It also fights infection and helps with inflammation. You just need to make sure you’re drinking natural orange juice instead of processed one, which, of course, won’t provide the same benefits.

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6. Removing Sticky Spots

Sticky spots are a nightmare to remove, whether it happens from spilling glue on the floor or from cooking, eliminating the stickiness is hard work.

Oranges, however, can make this work much easier. Squeeze orange juice onto the sticky area and let it sit for a while, then grab a cloth and clean the area.

7. Air Deodorizer

If you feel like the orange smell is too strong for you and you’re still looking for a natural air freshener for your house, don’t worry, we got you covered!

By adding a simple ingredient to the orange peel, you’ll be creating a new different amazing smell that you won’t get tired of quickly.
This special ingredient is called cinnamon. By boiling the orange peel and adding some cinnamon or clove, you’ll be making your house have such a great smell that people will ask from where you have bought your new air fresher.

8. Making lemonade!

We’re ending this list with a fun experiment you can try at home. Yes, lemonade is made with lemons, but who says we have to stick to the common rules? It’s time to start getting creative, and oranges are a great addition to lemonade.

All you need is:

  • Sugar (1-3/4 cups)
  • Water (2-1/2) cups)
  • Grated orange zest (two tablespoons)
  • Grated lemon zest (two tablespoons)
  • Lemon juice (10 lemons)
  • Orange juice (5 oranges)
  • Cold Water (6 cups)
    How to do it:
    In a large pan, put the sugar and the 2-½ cups of water. Stir the ingredients in medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat.
    Add the juices and citrus zest and let it stand there for 1 hour (don’t forget to cover the pan)
    Then, strain the liquid and place it in the fridge. Once it’s cold enough, fill a cup with half cold water and another half with the juice you just removed from the fridge. Add ice if needed!
    We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to take advantage of the items you already have in your house, in this case, oranges. Who knew they had so many different uses in them?
    Anyway, we hope we inspired you to at least try one of these hacks at home. We’re sure they won’t disappoint you!
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