You can do more with oranges than eat them. Here are 5 surprising uses of oranges if you find them accumulating in the fridge.
#1. Freshen up a cupboard.
Stick a bunch of cloves into an old orange, covering the entire surface, and suspend it in a cupboard using a piece of string. You have just made a pomander. Pomanders have been used for centuries to fill spaces with delightful fragrances and combat moths. They will last for many years.
#2. Make a natural cleaner.
You can make a natural cleaner for your house just using oranges & vinegar. Cut off as much of the pulp (the white part) of the rind as possible and put the peels in a jar of white vinegar and let is sit for two weeks. Shake the container once a day. After two weeks strain the liquid into another container. You will have a natural cleaner with an extremely long shelf life that smells wonderful and kills germs in a safe and effective way.
#3. Make kindling.
Dried oranges and lemons make better kindling than newspaper. Not only do they smell better, they produce less creosote and the flammable oils found in the peels burn much longer than paper. Read more at Apartment Therapy Living.
#4. Exfoliate your skin.
The common orange can be really good for exfoliating and detoxifying your skin. Massage the pulp of the orange directly onto your face and leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing with cold water. This will tighten your skin, remove oils & blemishes and possibly delay the aging process. This is because oranges contain vitamins C & E, as well as antioxidants and zinc that help smooth the skin. More recipes may be found at Oranges On Your Face.
#5. Make your whole house smell amazing.
Just boil orange peels on the stove with cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn it down to simmer. Add more water after 20 minutes if needed. Your whole house will smell heavenly.