Oranges to the rescue

Oranges are not just an incredible source of vitamin C. In fact, when you learn about all the other areas in which they can help you, you might be very surprised.

Light your fires: Using dried orange and lemon peels to start a fire is actually more effective than using newspapers for the same task. Not only does this method of starting a fire smell better than using newspapers, but it emits less creosote and utilizes the powerful citrus oils in the peels, which means the fire will light more easily and last longer.

Make your home smell great: Throw some orange and lemon peels into a liter of water. Then boil this mixture and allow the rich, delicious aroma spread throughout your home. Add water as needed while the mixture boils.

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Rid your home of ants: One of the most practical methods of ridding your balcony and terrace of ants is to prepare a special solution made of orange peels. Just throw two hundred milliliters of water and some pieces of orange peel into a kitchen blender, and make a puree from this mixture. Then pour this mixture carefully into places in your home where ants seem to gather. You will find that when you use this method, ants will leave your home and look for new places to nest.

Your wardrobes can also boast the delicious aroma of dried oranges and cloves: For hundreds of centuries, people have used the aroma of oranges and cloves not only to make small spaces smell wonderful, but to eliminate moths from the area. Doing this is very easy; if you have an orange, some cloves and a ribbon, you are ready. Stick cloves into the surface of an orange, covering as much of the surface of the orange rind as you can with cloves. Now tie a ribbon to the orange, and hang this beautiful and aromatic “ball” somewhere inside your clothes or shoe closet. This will work wonders for small, closed spaces, and the delicious fragrance will last longer than you might guess.

Sugared orange rinds: Don’t throw away the rinds of oranges you eat. Instead, save and store them in a bag in your freezer. After you have saved up enough, take them out and cut them into tiny slices. Put the tiny slices into a little pot and boil them for a while on your stovetop. After they cool down, strain out the water and boil again until any remaining bitterness is gone. After you have repeated this process a few times, add some sugar — as much as you wish — and boil again. When this finally cools down, pour some cold water on top of the mixture. Then put all these soft rinds into a container with more sugar, and line them up on an oven pan. Make sure the individual slices are not touching one another. The oven should be set at a low temperature of about 120 degrees Celsius, and the peels should cook until they are dry. When you remove them from the oven, let them cool and then place them in a tightly sealed jar. These are a wonderful treat to offer guests, and you can also toss them into cakes for an incredibly delicious flavor.

In fact, sugared orange rinds also make a great gift. You can place the sugared orange rinds in an attractive jar and cover the top with a beautiful piece of fabric. Make a bow around the covered top with a shiny satin ribbon, and voila — a beautiful gift for anyone who appreciates homemade food and wonderful aromas.

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