Your Kitchen, Home & Beauty: 25 Handy Uses for Lemons!
Next time you swing by the grocery store, make sure to pick up a few extra lemons. Everything from cleaning to using them as odor neutralizer, lemons are the perfect little frugal way to help you out around the house.
Here are 25 ways in which you can use lemons.
For the kitchen:
1. Use lemon to sanitize your cutting boards.
2. Add a spoonful of lemon juice while cooking rice. It helps keep the rice from sticking together.
3. Use lemon juice to clean your microwave while leaving a nice fresh scent. Mix three tablespoons of lemon juice with a cup of water and microwave for one minute. Let it sit for a few minutes so it can steam then wipe the inside of your microwave clean!
4. Keep things from browning! Add lemon juice to guacamole to keep it bright and green. You can also keep fruit and vegetables that you’ve already cut up, such as apples or avocados from quickly turning brown by squeezing on a little bit of lemon juice.
5. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in your refrigerator for several hours. In combination with removing potentially smelly items, your refrigerator should smell fresh for days.
6. Throw a few slices of lemon down your garbage disposal to clean it and deodorize.
7. Use a bowl of lemons as a centerpiece on your kitchen table.
Household uses for Lemon:
8. Use lemon rinds to polish chrome. It works by eliminating mineral deposits.
9. You can also use lemon to fix tarnished brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for five minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse.
10. Use lemon juice with your humidifier to reduce the chances of getting that weird moldy smell.
11. Adding 1/2 cup of lemon juice to your load of laundry will help brighten your whites.
12. Use lemon juice around your picnic areas to keep ants away. I can’t say I know of anyone that said this works, but I also don’t go around asking!
13. If you are a fan of using vinegar water to clean but don’t enjoy the vinegar smell, adding a dash of lemon juice to your solution will help neutralize the strong vinegar smell.
14. Using regular lemon juice, not mixed with anything is a great de-greaser.
15. Mixing 1 cup of lemon juice with 1/2 cup of borax makes the perfect toilet cleaner. It will get rid of stains and of course, smell nice too!
15. Use lemons to dissolve soap scum on things like bathroom tiles, shower doors, etc. the acid in the lemon really makes the scum disappear.
16. I use lemon juice to help make my hands smell better after handling smelly things like fish or crab. (I have found that coffee grinds also help neutralize odors on your hands.)
17. Eliminate fireplace odor by throwing a few lemon peels into the flames.
18. Keep insects away using a lemon treatment. Squirt lemon juice around the doors and windowsills where you think the bugs are entering. Also squirt lemon juice around cracks or crevices. Lastly, scatter a few small slices of lemon peel around any doors to the outside. Most all bugs hate the smell and will find a new place to hang out.
19. Put a small dish of sliced lemons next to your cat’s litter box to help neutralize smelly odors.
20. Cut a lemon and half and wipe all your dull pots and pans to make them sparkle like they are brand new. Just rub them over with a soft cloth after using the lemon.
Using Lemons for Health & Beauty:
21. Uh, forget to put your deodorant on? Cut a lemon in half (or take that piece off your glass of water) and rub it under your arms. I’ve heard the citric acid in lemon juice will kill odor-causing bacteria.
22. Cure a sore throat by squirting the juice of a lemon into a cup of hot water. Adding a dash of honey will help make it seem as though you are’t just drinking hot lemonade and is also a natural germ-killer.
23. For natural-looking highlights, use lemon juice directly on your hair before going out in the sun. I’ve read multiple ways to highlight your hair using lemons so you may want to research which way would be best for your hair.
24. Whiten your fingernails by rubbing a slice over your nails them wiping them. (I haven’t tried this out yet, but would love to after I remove my dark red polishes, my nails are always tinted a pinkish color).
25. Use lemon as a natural hand sanitizer.
I bet you didn’t know there were so many different ways this amazing little fruit can be used! Are there any you’d like to add?