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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Lemons

There are so much more to lemons than just the color, scent, and eating. Here are 10 things you didn’t know you could do with lemons!

10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Lemons

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I love lemons! The bright color always seems to lift my mood on dark days. The scent reminds me of a fresh, clean home. But, did you know that there are other things that lemons are good for? Check out this list of things you didn’t know you could do with lemons.

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Lemons

Clean and Deodorize Your Kitchen Sink

Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt heavily on one half of the lemon. Use the lemon half to scrub down the sides and bottom of your kitchen sink. Now you have a natural cleaning sponge to scrub your sink with! No harsh chemicals here!

Clean Your Microwave

Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a microwavable bowl filled halfway with water. Add some lemon rinds to the bowl and microwave four minutes. Wipe down the interior of your microwave with a clean cloth.

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Clean Cheese Graters

I hate cleaning my cheese grater so I rarely ever use it. However, I found that running a lemon half over the cheese grater makes it easier! The lemon juice cuts through the fat left on the grater, making clean up a breeze. If only I would have discovered this sooner!

Lighten Dark Skin Spots

As a child, I spent more than enough time outside. Now my adult skin is showing the consequences of all the sun exposure, especially my face. I have a few dark spots, which I would rather live without. The acid in lemons can actually help fade these spots. Just dab a cotton swab or ball in lemon juice and apply directly to the spot. Let the juice dry, wait about 15 minutes, and rinse your skin. Don’t forget to apply moisturizer!

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Perk Up Droopy Lettuce

There’s nothing I hate more than droopy lettuce leaves when I’m craving a sandwich! Soaking the leaves in cold water with lemon juice for about an hour in the refrigerator will help it regain its crispness!

Detox Your Body

Before you grab that coffee mug first thing in the morning, have a glass of water with lemon juice. The lemon juice is great for digestion. It’s also great for your liver! An added bonus: I’ve read it helps you lose some weight. That’s always a plus.

Cook Perfect Rice

We have rice about once a month or so in our house. I always get so frustrated because it sticks together so much. However, to get beautiful, fluffy rice, just add a little bit of lemon juice to the water while boiling!

10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Lemons

Whiten Fingernails

I used to keep my fingernails painted when I was younger and that stained them. If you have stained fingernails like I did, just rub a lemon slice on them. It helps whiten and brighten them!

Freshen Up Stinky Trashcans

I usually pour a little bit of baking soda in the bottom of my trashcan and leave it there for a while. It takes care of any odors from the trash. You can also toss a few lemon rinds in the bottom of your trashcan to make it smell fresh.

Repel Insects

We usually have ants tracking through our kitchen in the summertime. Most insects, including ants, hate the smell of lemon. I put some lemon juice with water in a spray bottle and spray around my doors and along the backs of my kitchen counters. (I sometimes use lemon essential oil in place of lemon juice.)

There you have it – 10 things you didn’t know you could do with lemons. Is there anything that you have found that you can use lemons for? I would love to hear your suggestions!

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. Thanks for all of these helpful suggestions!

    1. Michelle says:

      You’re very welcome!

  2. Thanks for sharing Michelle. I have a big ant nest in my garden, if I remember when summer gets here might try this.

    1. Michelle says:

      You’re welcome! Ants can be such a pest! I hope this helps clear them out.

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  3. I love this Michelle! So helpful! Never thought of rubbing a lemon over the sink to clean it or to clean the microwave. Life hacks are still so big now. This post could go viral! Promote it as much as possible πŸ˜‰β€οΈ.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you, Erica!! I will definitely do that! πŸ™‚

  4. Yes, love my Love my Lemons! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Michelle says:

      Me, too! You’re welcome! Thanks for reading! πŸ˜€

      1. The pleasure is all, Michelle!
        Hey how is it going?

        1. Michelle says:

          Great!! I hope you’re doing well! πŸ™‚

          1. Yes, I am fine! YonnieπŸ’œπŸ™πŸ€—

      2. It was truly a pleasure! I’m always looking to find new usages for our bowl of Lemons πŸ‹

  5. I save my lemon peels for dedorizing things, great tips

    1. Michelle says:

      That’s great!! They make everything smell so clean. πŸ™‚

  6. this is awesome! I have a lemon tree and never know what to do with all of my lemons!

    1. Michelle says:

      Now you can use them all!! No more wasted lemons. πŸ˜€

  7. I always use lemon face masks, and whenever I’m told to clean the microwave, I do it exactly like that πŸ™‚ it really works!

    1. Michelle says:

      That’s awesome!! πŸ˜€

  8. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I hate when my lettuce gets droopy….

    1. Michelle says:

      Me, too!! 😱

    2. Amazing post.. Conveyed the same to mom.. She loved reading ur blog.. Thanks Michelle. πŸ™‚

      1. Michelle says:

        Thank you so much for reading! And also sharing. πŸ™‚

  9. I like those ideas and will try some! I wonder if lemons would work to keep spiders away, I get lots of those!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I’m not sure, but it wouldn’t hurt to try. Let me know if it works! πŸ™‚

      1. I will do that, maybe it will keep mice away too, although Muffin 🐈 wouldn’t like that too much!

  10. I love lemons, and these are great tips! Lemon is going to be my flavor of the month for March!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! Lemons in march is a great transition into Spring!

  11. Thank a lot for all your suggestions. I am definitely going to try last one in my kitchen!!

    1. Michelle says:

      You’re welcome! Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚

  12. Who knew? I will now look at the lemon in a more positive note. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Michelle says:

      Yay! 😁 Now you can enjoy those lemons.

  13. I never knew you can do that many things with lemons. Some of your tips are going to be very useful for me especially the lettuce one. You always come up with great ideas. I love to read your blog.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I love that lemons are so cheap, too, so it’s easy to grab a bunch to have around. You’re so sweet!

  14. Devinder Maan says:

    Those are all amazing uses Michelle. The only one I use currently is having a glass of water with lemon juice in the morning. I love all the other uses and will definitely be trying some of them. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I’m happy to help! πŸ™‚

  15. Who knew that lemons were such a versatile little fruit. I had no idea you could use them for all of these applications.

    1. Michelle says:

      Now you can start using them for different things! πŸ˜€

  16. Geraldine says:

    I didn’t know it could perk up droopy lettuce haha! Interesting to know. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Michelle says:

      I thought that was neat, too! πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you!

  17. Great ideas! I never New ants didn’t like lemons πŸ‹

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! Most insects (and cats) don’t like citrus smells. πŸ˜€

  18. I’ll also try lemon on the ants. I’ve tried peppermint, as that’s supposed to repel them, but it didn’t work on the once we have here in Cape Town. I recently found out that the majority of our ants aren’t native, but come from Argentina. Who would’ve believed that?

    1. Michelle says:

      I tried peppermint, too and had no luck. The lemon seems to really help. That’s interesting about the ants not being native! πŸ™‚

  19. Wow! I had no idea lemons could do so much! I just thought how good they taste on tacos LOL
    Thanks for this list!!

    1. Michelle says:

      Now you’ve made me hungry! πŸ˜€ Thank you for reading!

  20. Terrific ideas! I love putting any kind of citrus peels down my garbage disposal…totally kicks out any kind of funky smells πŸ™‚

    1. Michelle says:

      That’s a great idea! πŸ™‚

  21. This is a very interesting post.
    It’s amazing to read about the many uses of lemon – didn’t even know half of these existed.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! Lemons can be used for so many things. And they’re cheap, too! πŸ˜€ Thank you for reading!

  22. My boyfriend cuts up lemons & grinds them in the sink drain! He says it prevents the sink from smelling like old food.

    Great tips, Michelle!! I’ll have to try the juice on my nails since mine are always painted.

    1. Michelle says:

      That’s smart of him! It really does work! Thank you! Good luck with the juice on your nails. πŸ™‚

  23. cut up lemons and throw it bathtub when before your shower to refresh your body to have a good deep thinking with your problems and to renew your outer layer from your skin,i am always doing this

  24. Love these tips! Lemons are so cute and fantastic! Definitely need to use that tip about cleaning the microwave! πŸ˜‰

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I just used that one yesterday. Not only did it make it easier to clean, it also got rid of the burned popcorn smell. Oops! πŸ˜€

  25. Yessssss friends Lemons are a superfood, and they are delicious.

    1. Michelle says:

      Yes they are! πŸ˜€

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  27. I didn’t know about lemon and ants! My bathroom shower has been having that problem! I’ll try it. 😊

    1. I hope it helps! We’ve had a lot of ants this year for some reason!

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  29. Thanks for sharing these ideas Michelle! I always learn new things from your posts. I share your feelings re. cheese graters. I’m like you. I can’t stand the thing so much that it’s ended in the bin and I no longer buy. Never understood why this thing is made this way. It may grate the cheese but what a pain to clean. I never knew lemon would do the trick.I also love your idea to use lemon to clean the microwave (another beast I don’t like cleaning and these days I avoid using it to avoid the bloody clean). I’ll give these a try in the near future. I love the fact you don’t need to run to the grocery store to buy cleaning products with all these ideas. So much better.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad my posts are teaching people new things. πŸ˜€ I always avoided using the cheese grater because I hated cleaning it! And since we use the microwave so often, I have to clean it out more. Lemon works so well for that! It makes cleaning so much easier and it smells better, too. πŸ™‚

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