I love lemons! The bright color always seems to lift my mood on dark days. The scent reminds me of a fresh, clean home. However, there are so much more to lemons than just the color and scent. Here are 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.
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!
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!
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.
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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