I thought I'd share something practical with you today. You never know when this information might come in handy. If you ever find yourself peeling an orange and thinking what a shame it is that you're just throwing all that unused rind away then you can consult this post. Here are some amazing uses for orange peel. You'll be surprised at its multi-functioning powers. I'm never going to throw it away again (wow am I starting to sound like my mom):
Air Freshener You can get that fresh orangey smell in your home without using any harmful sprays by either boiling up your orange rinds or putting them into your dehydrator. Your room will be immersed in the wonderful orange smells and you won't have to worry about breathing in any toxic fumes.
Odor Neutralizer After you are done dehydrating your orange rinds as an air freshener, put them in a cotton bag and hang them in a spot to help neutralize odors. The bathroom is a prime location for this.
Glass Cleaner You can boil up the orange rinds and use the boiled water to wash your mirrors. This is more friendly smelling glass cleaner than using straight vinegar.
Facial Cleanser Before you go to bed at night take an orange peel and wipe down your face. Let it site for 15 minutes, then rinse off It'll help to bring out the glow in your skin and keep it nice and clean.
Soften Brown Sugar If your brown sugar has gotten hard and grainy, put some cut up orange peels to help soften it up. The moisture from the peel will help to bring the sugar or any other dried herbs back to life.
Compost It Toss that orange peel into your compost bin. Give that rind a second life of helping to beautify your houseplants or garden.
While we're on the topic of citrus fruits I also stumbled across some useful uses for lemons that I'll throw in too. (note: If you're going to use lemon as deodorant, have the decency to throw it away after and don't return it to the fridge for the next unassuming person to cut up and put in their drink.)
Lemon To The Laundry Rescue A squeeze of lemon will eliminate an ink stain on your favorite shirt. Let it sit on the garment overnight, and in the morning, wash as usual.
Brighten Your Pots With A Little Lemon Make a paste of lemon juice and salt and use to scrub your copper pots. Rinse and dry throughly. The citric acid in the lemon will remove any oxidation stains and your cookware will look like new.
Smell Fresher With Lemon Did you know that lemon is a natural deodorizer? Well, it’s true. Rub a cut lemon on your underarms or feet to eliminate odors the natural way and leave you smelling fresh.
Lemon Takes The Ouch Out Of A Sunburn Lemon is a great treatment for sun-sore skin. Mix equal parts of lemon juice and water and use a soft cloth to apply directly to a minor sunburn.
Boost Flavor With Lemon Lemon adds flavor and zip to almost anything. So if you like green tea - but hate the bitterness that sometimes goes along with it -- try a little lemon. Lemon will cut the green tea’s bitterness and, lemon increases the body’s absorption of the tea’s antioxidants.
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