101 uses of lemons in our lives

I started telling you here about how amazing lemons are and I will continue with a handy list:

  1. Make chrome fittings sparkle - A simple lemon will remove shower stains and soap scum, leaving any chrome fittings (like your shower or taps) sparkling. Rub half a lemon over them as if you were using a sponge then finish with a rinse of cold water.

  2. Natural air freshener - Make your home smell lovely and fresh with a natural fragrance jar. With just a few slices of lemon, sprigs of rosemary and drops of vanilla, you can make your own air freshener.

  3. Clean a chopping board - To get your's super clean, rub a cut lemon vigorously over the board. This is a handy trick for when you've been chopping up fish and raw meat and can also help remove any stubborn stains.

  4. Keep cauliflower white and prevent guacamole, avocados or potatoes from turning brown - To keep your vegetables looking colorful and fresh, add a quick squeeze of lemon. The flavors will blend beautifully and the green color will stay bright and beautiful.

  5. Clean a cheese grater - To make this task easier and prevent any finger damage, take a leftover lemon half and grate the pulp to help loosen any sticky or greasy bits of food. Then simply rinse through. Your cheese grater will be free from sti(n)cky cheese and sparkling clean too.

  6. Cook fish on a bed of lemon - Fish has a tendency to stick to surfaces so it can be tricky keeping it all together when it's time to plate up. Laying it down on a bed of lemon slices will not only keep everything intact and provide an easy clean up but the lemon will infuse into the fish giving it a subtle lemon flavor.

  7. Clean and whiten nails - Pamper your hands without a manicurist ( especially during the coronavirus times ). Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.

  8. Create blonde highlights - For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week. (Don’t forget to put on plenty of sunscreen before you sit out in the sun!)

  9. Refresh a smelly kitchen sink - Squeeze some lemons - the juice from three should be fine - down your kitchen plughole and leave it for an hour without running any water through. Then boil your kettle and pour it carefully down the plughole. This should flush out any built up food and grime, and banish any bad odors too.

  10. Stainless steel sink cleaner - Grab some salt and sprinkle it over a damp sink, then rub half a lemon over the top, being sure to get into all the corners and crevices. It will remove discoloration and the juices will also help the drain stay smelling fresh.

  11. Brighten dull aluminum - Make those dull pots and pans sparkle, inside and out. Just rub the cut side of half a lemon all over them and buff with a soft cloth.

  12. Disinfect cuts and scrapes - Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute. Be careful, IT WILL STING! A LOT!

  13. Remove warts - You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.

  14. Get rid of tough stains on marble - You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well.

  15. Deodorize food containers - Tupperware and all plastic containers get easily discolored and smelly after a while. Make sure you give them a good clean every now and then by rubbing half a lemon in and around the box.

  16. Bathroom scrub Mix together the juice of one lemon with 1/4 cup of baking powder and use a sponge or a toothbrush to apply it onto your bathroom fittings and tiles. Scrubbing in circular motions will get rid of any mold or mildew in your bathroom.

  17. Keep insects out of the kitchen and home - You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the old lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.

  18. Remove cooking smells from hands - Banish any smells before they have time to settle by rubbing a slice of lemon over your hands and washing with soapy water. Just be careful not to go over any small cuts as the acid will make them sting.

  19. Soften dry, scaly elbows - Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment.

  20. Eliminate fireplace odor - There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace — unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.

  21. Remove water stains on shower doors - Dip half a lemon into baking soda. Rub onto the glass. Rinse and dry

  22. Remove berry stains - Wash hands with undiluted lemon juice. Wait a bit and then wash with soapy, warm water. Repeat until stains are gone.

  23. Lemon juicing hack - To maximize the amount of juice you can squeeze out of your lemon, roll it on a flat surface whilst applying some firm pressure. This should help burst some of the tiny juice-filled beads and make juicing much easier.

  24. Revive stained white sneakers - Spray lemon juice on sneakers. Let them dry and whiten in the sun.

  25. Lemon and mint ice cubes - Freeze slices of lemon and water in ice cube trays - or muffin tins if you like them to bigger - and make pretty and flavorsome ice cubes.

  26. Lemon water - Every morning before you have any other food or drink, mix together warm water (half boiling water and half cold will be perfect) and two slices of lemon. This will help cleanse your body, flush out toxins, boost your immune system and balance your pH levels.

  27. Shine shoes - For a homemade shoe polish, mix 2 teaspoons of lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

  28. Clean your humidifier - Pour lemon juice into your humidifier water. Turn on the humidifier and let it run. It will naturally deodorize the machine and add a fresh scent to the room.

  29. Lighten age spots - Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.

  30. Multi- purpose cleaning solution - Vinegar can and will clean most surfaces in your home - it is baby friendly and not harsh at all, if you hate that strong smell of vinegar in your home you can use lemon instead.

  31. Clean the microwave follow these 5 step instructions to remove stuck-on food and grease from the inside of your microwave: pour half a cup of water into a small microwaveable bowl, cut a lemon in half and juice into the bowl. Drop the lemon halves into the bowl too. Microwave for 3 minutes or until the water boils. Leave the bowl to stand for 5 minutes without opening the door.

  32. Rid clothes of mildew - Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.

  33. Clean tarnished brass - Get rid of tarnish on 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 5 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.

  34. Deodorize cat smells - To freshen the air, place lemon slices in a bowl near your litter box.

  35. Polish hardwood floors - Create a homemade lemon-vinegar floor cleaner to use with a microfiber cloth or damp mop (never saturate hardwood floors). It’s a nontoxic and aromatic way to prevent bacteria, mold and germs. Plus it will ward off fleas and roaches.

  36. Relieve rough hands and sore feet - Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with coconut oil.

  37. Freshen your breath - Make an amazing mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.

  38. Rub kitchen faucets with lemon peel - wash and dry with a soft cloth to shine and remove spots.

  39. Lemon candles - there is always something refreshing and soothing about the smell of lemons. And the beauty of it is that you can make them in the comfort of your home: cut each fruit in half (crosswise). Scoop out fruit. Remove the wick from the paraffin candles and place into center of citrus bowls. Place the candle wax in a microwaveable bowl. Pour the melted wax into the citrus bowls with wick positioned vertically in the center. Let cool and harden completely.

  40. Remove spots from shirts ( especially if your toddler is an Explorator) - Pour lemon juice on the stain and add some table salt. Rub the stain between your fingers. Rinse. Dry in the sun. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.

  41. Treat insect stings - If you get stung by an bee or other bug, mix lemon juice with some water and apply to the sting to soothe it.

  42. Clear up a complexion - Lemons are full of nutrients and vitamins and are well known for their cleansing properties. The juice from a lemon can cleanse, hydrate, fight infection and even remove blackheads. To see what it can do for your complexion, simply take a cut lemon and gently massage it over your face for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cold water.

  43. Bleach delicate fabrics - Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.

  44. Kill weeds - Fill a spray bottle with lemon juice. Spray any weeds until they’re well-coated. The offending plants should shrivel after a few days.

  45. Revive wilted lettuce - Add the juice of one lemon to a medium sized bowl of water, then throw in your wilted lettuce leaves and pop the bowl in the fridge for an hour. When you take it out, the leaves should be fresh and crispy again. YUM!

  46. Treat flaky dandruff - If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.

  47. Cleanse your face - Get rid of acne naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment.

  48. Remove unsightly underarm stains - Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.

  49. Freshen the fridge - Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.

  50. Soothe poison ivy rash - You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.

  51. Mix lemon juice with part rubbing alcohol and vinegar for a perfect window cleaner.

Bonus, a list made by a great chef - my husband:

  1. Keep rice from sticking - To keep your rice from sticking together in a gloppy mass, add a spoonful of lemon juice to the boiling water when cooking. When the rice is done, let it cool for a few minutes, then fluff with a fork before serving.

  2. Squeeze lemon juice on cooked veggies for added flavor.

  3. Add half of a lemon to your bone broth as the acid to extract all the minerals out of the bones.

  4. Keep fruit and veggies fresher longer by using lemon juice as the acid to make a fruit and veggie wash.

  5. Make an easy (AND TASTY) vinaigrette with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, crushed garlic and salt.

  6. Season fish, shrimp, chicken, with a squeeze of lemon juice just before serving.

  7. Use lemon juice in the place of vinegar in recipes that call for baking soda. The acidic lemon juice (like vinegar) will react with the baking soda and create CO 2 and cause your baked good to rise nice.

  8. Use lemon juice in the place of vinegar in most recipes where a lemon flavor would be desired.

  9. Bleach Dishes. Berries and pomegranates can leave stains on your dishes. Fill the sink with warm or boiling water and lemon skins. Soak the dishes for three-four hours. Rinse and wipe dry.

  10. Use the juice and zest to of a lemon to compliment blueberries in scones or pancakes.

  11. Add the skin of the lemon to plain vinegar and use it with hydrogen peroxide (in separate bottle) to clean and disinfect your kitchen counters.

  12. Make your own lemon extract from the zest of lemons and vodka.

  13. When cooking cabbage, add a few slices of lemon to the pot to decrease the cabbage odor.

  14. When roasting a chicken, squeeze the juice of 2 lemons inside the cavity and place the remaining empty lemon inside for moist chicken.

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