Refresh your fridge
Does your refrigerator smell sour? A few orange peels thrown into the mix can sweeten up the scent in no time. Meg Roberts, president of cleaning service Molly Maid, suggests filling an orange rind with salt and leaving it in the fridge. “The salt will absorb odor and moisture in the refrigerator’s air, while the fruit will leave behind its citrus scent,” she says. Once the salt becomes damp, take the peel out and replace it with a new one as needed. Here are 27 other annoying smells you can neutralize with items in your kitchen.
Clean wood surfaces
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.