9 Unexpected Ways Orange Peels Are Way More Useful Than You Think

Clean wood surfaces

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Not only will repurposing your orange peels to wipe down your wood surfaces leave your tables and cabinets clean and shiny, but they’ll smell great, too. Combine your leftover citrus peels with vinegar to create an all-natural, non-toxic cleaner with this recipe from the Kitchn: Fill a mason jar halfway with orange peels, pour vinegar over the top until the jar is filled, and then let the mixture sit for at least two weeks. After letting it soak, strain the concoction to remove the peels, pour it into a spray bottle, and you’re good to go! These are other chemical-free ways to clean your home.

Polish stainless steel

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Similar to their effects on wood, orange peels remove water stains by cutting through them with their tough, natural oils. A few rubs and your stainless steel surfaces should be good as new. These are some other homemade cleaners that really work.

Keep your closet smelling clean

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If your closet begins racking up that old, musty smell, Roberts suggests placing orange peels in old pantyhose and sticking them with your clothes. “Like potpourri, these can be placed anywhere in the closet, whether it’s on a shelf or in drawers,” Roberts says. To keep your closet smelling fresh, replace the orange peels as they dry out.  Here’s what to throw away the next time you clean out your closet, to help keep musty smells at bay.

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