Did you know that there are many uses for orange peels beyond just making your garbage disposal smell better?
Keeping Feral Cats Off Your Property
Are the neighborhood’s feral cats using your lawn for their litter box? Move them elsewhere by making a mixture of orange peels and coffee grounds and distributing it around the cats’ “spots.” If they don’t take the hint, lay down a second batch and try moistening them with a bit of H2O.
Stop Ants In Their Tracks
Get rid of the ants in your garden, on your patio, and along the foundation of your home. Use a blender to make a smooth puree of a few orange peels in one cup of warm water. Slowly pour the solution into anthills and holes to send the nasty pests on their way.
Use As Mosquito Repellent
Some folks are allergic to commercial bug repellents and 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 the same results by rubbing fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin. It’s said that mosquitoes and gnats are repelled by either scent.
Let’s move on to the kitchen.
Orange Peel Infused Olive Oil
It tastes great on salads or veggies. Wash your oranges really well. Zest with a microplane grater. Smaller pieces of orange rind yield more surface area, and in turn, more flavor. Use a lighter weigh extra virgin olive oil for dipping and salad dressing and a more hearty sunflower oil for cooking.
Try infusing different kinds of citrus and herbs.
Slice an orange in half and remove the pulp segments. Fill the orange-half with sea salt. Place in a small bowl and keep it in your refrigerator.
Moving on to the bathroom.
Orange Extract Bath Oil
Peel 20 large oranges. Place the skin in a bowl. Set aside to dry for two hours. Run the orange peels in a food processor until they become a very dry paste, about five minutes. Put the grounded orange peels into a quart canning jar. Add 1 cup of vodka, or enough to cover the skins. Cover the jar with a lid. Put the jar in a sunny area of your home, and leave it there for about three days. Shake or invert the jar at least twice a day. Add a small amount of the liquid to your bath (just a few drops, too much can cause irritation). Orange oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as for improving skin tone and texture.
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