Have an abundance of orange peels? Instead of tossing them in the organic bin or compost (or, dare I say, trash), they’ve an abundant uses around the home. Here are some of our favourites:

Rub the inside of the orange peel on light bulbs and radiators. Once they’re flipped oranges-on-treeon, they’ll emit a fresh scent throughout your home.

Make easy orange-scented cleaner by emptying a large jug and filling it up with water. Add peels and let the mixture sit for a few weeks, shaking occasionally. Use this mop floors, dust furniture, and clean your counter tops.

Soak peels with vinegar or vodka for a few weeks for flavoured, cost-efficient versions of your staple ingredients or drinks.

Rub on your nails for easy shine.

Keep them on hand for when you go camping; they’re great fire starters! You can also use them in your home fireplace.

Use dried peels to make sachets and potpourri.

Scatter them in your garden to discourage cats from using it as a personal litter box – cats aren’t too citrus-savvy.

Not just for cats, the oil in orange peels are a natural insect repellent. Rub a fresh orange peel on your skin to deter mosquitoes.

Dry the peels and grind them to a powder. Shake in your bath water for ultimate skin-glow bliss.

Soak a few peels in a cup of warm water, then puree until smooth. Pour into anthills to prevent infestation.

Boil a couple peels on the stove with other strong, Christmas-y scents like cloves and a cinnamon stick, for instant home fragrance.

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