When Life Gives You Lemons Try These Useful Tips

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Lemons Slow The Growth Of Bacteria

While the word "lemon" has come to have more than one meaning, "When Life Gives You Lemons Try These Useful Tips" refers only to the kind of lemon that grow on trees.

Let's begin with a few facts bout this popular and healthy tangy yellow fruit:

  • The majority of our nation's lemons come from California. In 1849, (the "Goldrush Days"), the gold rushers planted an abundance of lemon trees. They found that the lemon fruits were a natural remedy forscurvy. (Scurvy is a disease caused by insufficient vitamin C)
  • The average lemon contains approximately 3 tablespoons (50 mL) of juice.
  • Allowing lemons to come to room temperature before squeezing (or heating briefly in a microwave) makes the juice easier to extract.
  • Lemons left unrefrigerated for long periods of time are susceptible to mold.
  • The low pH of juice in lemons makes it antibacterial, (killing or slows down the growth of bacteria.).

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Surprising Uses For Lemons

  • To quickly sanitize a cutting board, just rub salt into it with a wedge of lemon.
  • To keep guacamole and apple slices from turning brown quickly, just sprinkle on some lemon juice to keep them from oxidating..
  • No one likes the smell of bleach or other cleaning materials on the hands. All you have to do to remove the smell is to pour lemon juice over them and rinse.
  • If you're having trouble extracting juice from a lemon, roll it on the counter under your hand, heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds and then insert a toothpick. The juice will dribble right out.
  • Reduce/remove skin pigmentation (brown spots) by applying lemon to skin.
  • A halved lemon dipped in salt or baking powder can be used to brighten copper cookware. The acid dissolves the tarnish and the abrasives assist the cleaning.

  • As a sanitary kitchen deodorizer, the juice can deodorize, remove grease, bleach stains, and disinfect. And when mixed with baking soda, it can remove stains from plastic food storage containers. (One of my pet peeves.)

Science Education - Featuring The Lemon

Did you know?

  • A popular science experiment in schools involves attaching electrodes to a lemon and using it as a battery to produce electricity. Although very low power, several lemon batteries can power a small digital watch. These experiments also work with other fruits and vegetables.
  • Lemon juice is sometimes used as an acid in educational science experiments.

Lemon Peels for The Fireplace

You no longer have to use newspapers (or burn bills) to use as kindling in the fireplace. The best thing to use - lemon peels. Yes, that's right. Or, if you prefer, orange peels will do the same thing.

These wonderful citrus fruit peelings smell delicious when they burn and also contain oils that not only make them burn longer, but help ignite the wood around them.

And...(you'll love this), they produce less creosote than paper which will help to keep your chimney clean. I told you you'd love this.

Funny Lemon Joke

A woman was applying for a job in a Florida lemon grove.

When the foreman looked over her application, he felt she was far too qualified for the job.
"Look, Miss Carter," said the foreman, "do you have any actual experience in picking lemons?"
"Oh, yes, I certainly do," she replied. "I've been divorced four times."

Classic Tips For Using Lemons

You will be adding lemons to your shopping list after discovering these classic tips:

  • Fluff up Your Rice. When cooking your rice, just add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice for every quart of water. Your rice will be fluffier.
  • Freshen Your Lettuce. Oh dear. Friends are coming over for dinner and the lettuce has been in the crisper too long. It's wilted. What to do? Just dip it in a bowl of cold water along with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. It will be as good as fresh.
  • For a nice light, weightless cake - add a dash or two of lemon juice to the butter and sugar mixture. It's just that easy.

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Goodbye To Mineral Deposits and Microwave Stains.

I just don't like mineral deposits that build up on my nice shiny faucet. As soon as I see this happening, I cut a lemon into quarters and shove one qurter up into the faucet until it sticks. I leave it there for about 10 minutes, then twist the wedge out. Then I repeat with the remaining lemon quarters until the deposits are gone.

When my microwave has stubborn stains and smells, this works. Place a bowl of water with lemon slices inside the microwave. Heat on high for six minutes. Then let it stand for a few minutes more and remove from the microwave.

Wipe the inside of the microwave with a soft cloth and the stains come right out and the odor is gone.

A Nostalgic Song - Lemon Tree

Gargle With Lemon Juice To Soothe A Sore Throat

For a sore throat - use lemon juice.
For a sore throat - use lemon juice. | Source

Lemons are Also Great For...

  • Soothing a scratchy throat. Gargle with one part lemon juice and one part warm water. Be sure to repeat this several times during the day. The lemon helps fight bacteria and soothes the throat.
  • Got brown spots on your skin? You can slough off dead skin and brighten what's underneath by rubbing lemon juice on the spot. Let it dry, then rub vigorously with a washcloth.
  • To whiten your fingernails. Simply rub a wedge of lemon on the nails. (Grandma taught me this trick.)
  • Highlite your hair without using chemicals. As a child I was a blonde. My hair turned brown at 12 yrs of age. My mother tried to keep me a blonde by washing my hair with lemon juice. When that didn't work she decided to try to "streak" it and it worked.

She cut a lemon into quarters or eights, then cut a slit in the middle, (as if you were going to put the wedge on the rim of a glass.) Then she washed my hair as usual and while it's still wet, placed a strand of my hair in the slit, starting at the scalp and running the wedge down to the tips of my hair. Then she would sit me outside in the direct sunlight until my hair dried. I had the most lovely blonde streaks. Sometimes she would repeat the process in one week to make the streaks even brighter. Try it.

  • Forget about spending money on facial toners and astringents. All you have to do is dab lemon juice on your face with a cotton ball and it will tighten your pores and also prevent blemishes . Be sure to use it in the morning and the smell of lemon will help you wake up.

Lemons will break down fatty acids

Thank you ...

I hope you have enjoyed "When Life Gives You Lemons Try These Useful Tips." Please feel free to add your own tips for using lemons in the comments section.

"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.”

Alfred E. Neuman

© 2012 Audrey Hunt

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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Great info on the lemons! I drink a glass of water with lemon juice every day! Very well executed. Great pics and info! Voted up and shared! :)


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Diana Mendes 4 years ago

Good hub. Great information on lemons. Thanks for sharing.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

What an absolute treat, reading a myriad of lemon tips that are new to me, while listening to an old favourite, P,P&M's Lemon Tree!! Vocalcoach, your hub has it all!!! Citrus peel as firelighter!! I am guessing you would let it dry first? A great idea, along with many others, that I will be trying. A very inspiring hub, not only for it's content, but as a hubstyle to aspire too. Well done. My votes to you for this 'you beaut' hub!!!(just a bit of Aussie speak there!)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Audrey, great information on lemons, I had no idea they made a good firelighter!

Many thanks and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I use lemons for a few of these tips. Lightening my hair used to be one of them. My nephew used to rub lemons on his face because he had a face full of freckles, he has come to accept his freckles.

I'm going to make some lemonade in honor of your tribute hub to the lemon.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I have an orange and a grapefruit tree and now I am thinking a lemon tree would be a great addition. You really listed a great assortment of tips. I use to use lemon juice to help lighten streaks in my hair also when I was younger. Awesome hub!


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Rain Defence 4 years ago from UK

My throat has been bad for a few days now, I'm going to get some lemons after reading this hub. Thanks!


diogenes 4 years ago

Useful tips on the use of my all time favourite fruit. I use about a dozen lemons or limes a week: on fish, in tea or on salads, etc. They are getting expensive here in the UK as we import most.

Bob


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Very cool. I should bookmark this one. I love home remedies that are natural. The microwave tip will for sure come in useful. Thank you!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Thank you for my laugh on your story. All your great information is appreciated.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Look, Miss Carter," said the foreman, "do you have any actual experience in picking lemons?"

"Oh, yes, I certainly do," she replied. "I've been divorced four times."

Great Hub and I loved that joke!


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Awesome tips, Audrey! I had never thought about rubbing lemons on my fingertips to brighten up my nails. Whenever I make an apple pie, I always soak my apple slices in water and lemon juice to prevent them going brown while I assemble the rest of my pie. As you suggested, lemon juice works very well for preventing avocados from going brown also. Voted up and interesting!


PWalker281 4 years ago

This is one of the best hubs I've ever read, not only for the great information you provide on the myriad uses of the lemon, but your creative use of just about all of the hub capsules. Definitely "hub of the day" material. I've bookmarked it and will be buying lemons on my next shopping trip.

Voted up and across, tweeted, FB, and +1!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Wow! I had no idea lemons could be used in so many ways.

Loved the story of how your mother used lemons and sun to streak your hair instead of subjecting you to harsh chemicals!

Also loved that you opened this hub with a joke about lemons!

Voted up, useful, funny, awesome and interesting.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Well, I'll join the list here who had no idea of all the applications and benefits of the sour lemon. But I won't be sour in my praise of the way you've done this hub up Audrey!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Well, I'll join the list here who had no idea of all the applications and benefits of the sour lemon. But I won't be sour in my praise of the way you've done this hub up Audrey!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Such a wonderful fruit and the uses are many. I have lemon in a glass of water every day for the health benefit. I didn't know it helps with so many household issues. Loved the song/video.. brought back good memories. Great topic and voted up.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great hub! Thanks for all of the tips.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rusticliving - Thanks for liking my hub on uses for lemons. I will try your water with lemon each day. Thank you for adding this good tip!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello vocalcoach. What an informative hub. I had no idea. I was sure there would be a sore note, but not a one.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Diana - Glad to hear you liked my hub on using lemons for some of life's little cleaning problems. Thanks.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

What an amazing compendium of varied uses for the ordinary lemon, Audrey. I knew you were special but I never dreamed that lemons were so special, too. Thank you, my dear, for sharing all these interesting lemony tips with us. I now have a new-found respect for this citrus fruit.


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Chatkath 4 years ago from California

What a great hub Audrey - Lemons do it all, I thought I had all the tips but now you have just mentioned more that I have never heard of. So nice to see you!

Thinking of you and Hope you are well.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fennelseed - My favorite Aussie :-) Your kind comments have just made my day. And I know you really enjoyed this hub because you have taken the time to share your thoughts with me (and others.) It's surprising how many uses lemons have. I am using them every single day. I'm glad you like the video of "Lemon Tree." I couldn't resist. Thank you for the vote up and pushing those buttons! Take care my friend.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Movie Master - I'm glad you liked the information on lemons. They are such a terrific fruit. Isn't it amazing that the peelings make good kindling for fires? Thanks much, Lesley for the vote up!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Sunshine - So, I'm not the only hubber who once used lemons to lighten the hair. :-) I'm on day 10 for using lemons to fade my brown spots. Urgggggh. Will let you know if it works. Thank you for making lemonade...it's so good!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pamela99 - Lucky you, to have an orange and grapefruit tree. I wish I did. And a l;emon tree would be the perfect addition. Thanks for liking my hub and finding it useful. Appreciate it!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Rain Defense - When you use the fresh lemons for your throat, add a little honey. The combination of lemon and honey will really do the trick. Thanks for stopping by!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

diogenes - Looks like I have found a fellow lemon lover. I also use it on fish and in tea. What a great fruit. So many uses. Gee, Bob, I didn't realize they are expensive in the UK. Prices have gone up considerably here in the USA lately as well. Take care and "lemon-up."


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Paradise 7 - Pleased that you're going to try the microwave tip. It's one of my favorites. I, too love home remedies for cleaning naturally. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

writer20 - I love to make people laugh, so thanks for liking the story. Let me know if you use any of these tips and how they worked for you.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Will Starr - Knowing you liked this joke is all I need to hear. I'm happy! And thanks for liking the lemon tips too.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Wow unbelievable! I am a complete fan of using lemons. They are remarkable and keep me ageless!!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Cloverleaf - Your apple pie sounds delicious. I love it with icecream ( plenty of it.) Your tip for soaking the apple slices in water and lemon while assembling the rest of the pie is a great tip! And so is the use of lemon juice sprinkled on the avocado to keep it from turning brown. Thanks for your contribution and for voting up and interesting!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

PWalker - I'm as pleased as punch that you like my hub so much! Lemons really are a "miracle" fruit. I use them daily. Thanks for your comment on my use of the capsules. And I really appreciate your vote up and across and for sharing on FB, twitteramd +1. :-)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Happyboomernurse - It's always a special treat when you visit me. And this gives me an opportunity to thank you for all the support you've given to me all these months. I don't take it fo granite...ever.

Aren't lemons amazing? I love all the uses they are famous for. Thank you for the great votes and more!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Treat this Hub about Lemons was to read Vocalcoach, so much Wonderful, Useful Information. I am definitely Bookmarking this one...From Glamour for us, to cleaning the house...and all for the price of a Lemon! When I am dining out I also ask for a few extra lemons on the side, one for my water, and one to take the food smell off my finger tips. And another Vote UP to you dear Friend.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Alastar - You are too kind. I love your comments. I'm glad I could give you a few tips for using lemons. Thanks for the visit and the vote up.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

teaches - Thanks so much for reading, commenting and the vote up. Lemons are a gift from Mother Nature and I'm glad you are using them. Take care!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mcbirdsbks - I am glad you found this hub to be informative. And hopefully...no sour notes here, my friend. Thanks.


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molometer 4 years ago

When I was living in South Africa we had a huge Lemon tree in out garden.

When the grand-kids came to live with us for 6 months we would rub their hair with lemon juice.

They had such beautiful golden sparkles in their hair from this simple approach.

They loved it. Simple things make life wonderful.

Your hub reminded me me of this simple fact. Thank you.

Voted up interesting and useful. Sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Great suggestions for using lemons. I am definitely going to try the fire lighter, as soon as I get my fireplace finished. I love to put lemon peels in my garbage disposal, makes it smell clean! Voted up and useful! :) I almost forgot, and sharing! Have a great day!


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

I used lemon to marinate :) I also like it mix on water together with mint leaf :) But still you manage to write some useful tip that I haven't think of before. thanks for sharing


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mvaivata 4 years ago

Really excellent hub. I did not know that tip about the juice extraction. I am embarrassed to say I got myself pretty good in the eye with some juice JUST the other day, so that certainly would have been handy. Thank you for putting this hub together. I am definitely sharing it!


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

an awesome read VC. Packed full of useful information, indeed. Leaving me with slight guilt feelings, I'm headed outside to water my neglected dwarf lemon tree. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

What a bright hub to greet me when I got off of work this morning, Audrey. I couldn't believe how many ways I was unfamiliar with the use of lemons! Very interesting, and I loved the joke, LOL (I'm going to share that one at work). I'll be eager to try some of the new info I've learned. BTW I wonder how the fresh squeezed lemon would take on colored hair??? voted up and interesting/useful.


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Handicapped Chef 4 years ago from Radcliff Ky

This was really great me being a chef you have taught me a few things about lemons great hub.


marellen 4 years ago

Thanks for all the info on lemons, one of my favorite fruits. Love the smell and use it for cooking and enhancing my beverages too. We had a lemon tree in our backyard and my dog would pick them to use as a ball. It was the funniest thing when he squeezed it the look he would have. Yuck!! See you just brought back a fun memory. Thanks Mary


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - It is YOU who is special. You and your one-of-a-kind hubs have inspired me from day one. And as for lemons, I've known a few in my time :-) But now the only lemons I open my kitchen door to are the ones that grow on trees. Thank you and sending you a cyber hug!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Kathy - I'm "jumpin for joy" because you liked this hub. So glad you found a few more uses for this amazing little yellow fruit.

Maybe one day, when I take a trip to California and stop in S.F. we can have a glass of lemonade together.

Take good care, my friend!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

acaetnna - So that's your secret! Using lemons. Well, it certainly works because you do indeed look ageless. And it helps to be in love, right? (I know you are.) :-) Just like all of your beautiful poems on love...they are ageless as well!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

b. Malin ~ I have a big smile on my tired face after reading your wonderful comments. And yes, we girls can benefit by using lemon on our skin. I'm working on a couple of brown spots and then I add lemon to a little salt and give my face a "scrub."

I like your tip for ordering lemons on the side when dining out. I will be following you and doing the same. Thank you dear friend for your loyalty and support all these many months. You are absolutely the best!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Really an awesome hub! So many great suggestions that I will be trying. Oh, and I enjoyed the joke! Hehe! Well I have to run, I'm off to pick myself a lemon. . .from the tree. Lol!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

molometer - "Simple things make life wonderful." You have said it so well. And I can picture those grandchildren running around with golden sparkles in their hair from those lemons. Thanks for the vote up and sharing!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

sgbrown - Thanks so much for the great tip! I will be adding that to my list of uses for lemons and will use it myself today. I'm so happy you stopped by and look forward to reading your hubs. Appreciate the vote up, useful and for the share!


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Lita C. Malicdem 4 years ago from Philippines

You sure have written a remarkable hub tips on the use of lemon. I'll try some of your tips on stubborn stains although this fruit is an import and is expensive. Vote up and useful!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

cebutouristspot - Thanks for your tip on using lemons for a marinade and adding to water along with mint. Sounds good. Very glad to hear you liked these tips. Thanks for your visit.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I had to stop back Vocalcoach to tell you that this Hub on Lemons, inspired my last Hub... and I gave you Credit in the beginning of it...because I came down with an awful COLD and used your Remedies. It's called "Happiness is a Musical". Hope you'll stop by and Read, and Smile, and Laugh, with me! LOL.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love lemon, until I wrote lemon in my hub. Very inspiring hub and I learn many things from you related with lemon. Thank you very much for share with us. Rated up and I'll press all buttons here, except funny. Take care!

Prasetio


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Vocalcoach

I love the smell of lemons. Thanks for the great lemon tips. Bookmarking this one. :)

Vote up and away!


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loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

I learned a few things about my friend the lemon....thx 4 share


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Will save lemon peels for the fire, great idea. Wonderful hub. Going to try whitening my nails with lemon.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

My goodness Audrey, what a brilliant hub! Loads of really useful tips and tricks and all from that unassuming little yellow fruit. Voted up and shared, I'm gobsmacked!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mvaivata ~ Oh, thank you so much for sharing my hub with others. That is the kindest thing to do. I had to laugh about squeezing the lemon and the juice squirting in your eye. I've done that before. Stings doesn't it? Thank you my friend!


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jpelczar 4 years ago

Awesome information. You are a great writer. I know people who have used lemons to lose weight. Each day they would squeeze 5 lemons and drink the juice. It somehow flushes out the system and helps you lose weight. Both people lost over 15 pounds without drastically changing their diets.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

tsmog ~ So, did you give your little lemon tree a nice drink of water? :-) So glad to see you here and do appreciate your comments. I'm thrilled that you found these tips useful. Thanks a bunch!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Handicapped Chef - Wow! What a great compliment. Thanks.

You must use lemons a lot being a master chef. Just think. After using fresh lemons in recipes you can use the same lemon to whiten your nails and clean your skin. :-)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

marellen ~ Your story about your sweet dog picking lemons gave me such a chuckle. Love it!

Thanks so much for your comments and so glad this brought back some nice memories. Take good care.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

SanneL - You are so cute! And yes, make sure all your lemons are from a tree. :-)

Very glad you like the suggestions for these terrific little yellow fruit. You're lucky to have a lemon tree.

Thanks for visiting.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lita - I didn't know that lemons were an import for you. Gee...they aren't cheap even here in the USA, so they must be expensive for you.

Thanks for likeing the tips and for your visit. Voting up and useful is very nice of you.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

B.Malin - I am running over to your hub right away and I;m so excited to read it. Gosh thanks for mentioning mel Who-hoo! Well....Im off and running. Voting up, useful and awesome!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Nice hub! I learned a lot of tips for using lemons that I didn't know before. Like the fireplace trick and fluffing your rice. I "taught' myself to like drinking water by starting out with lemon slices in it. I will put citrus peels in my garbage grinder and sometimes I'll put an orange slice in a small pot of water to simmer with some nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.

Enjoyed reading and voted it up


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Wow what a useful hub, I will be bookmarking this. There are several tips I didn't know about, I won't be throwing away any more plastic ware for sure.

Thank you for sharing.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Prasetio - I think lemons are God's natural cure for many problems. When I add lemon to my water I seem to have more energy and my mind can focus better. I am very pleased that you like this hub and found more ways to use this amazing fruit.

Thank you so much for voting up and pushing all buttons except funny. I always look forward to your sincere comments. Blessings to you dear friend.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sueswan - Isn't it amazing that a lemon has so many uses?

For years all I thought a lemon was good for was fish. :-) Thanks for taking time to read my hub and for the vote.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

loveofnight ~ Hi there! Very glad to see you. I'm also pleased to find that you found a few more ways to use your friend, the lemon. It is my pleasure to share these uses with you.


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sofs 4 years ago

Great tips some of which I have never heard of..thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.


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bredandagnes 4 years ago from Ireland

I'm so glad i found this hub.I use lemons to clean my marble fireplace-it brings it up beautifully ,and learned a few new uses for lemons tonight which I will defniately try.


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Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

I don't believe I missed this hub! I thought you had taken a break for a little while.

Really enjoyed this- i love all your tips - some I didn't know before! For lemon working as an astringent, do you have to wash it off or just leave it on your skin?


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TheRightWord 4 years ago from Sunny California

I needed some lemons today. My sister called and said someone gave her a bag. She sent a huge bag home to me. Then I found this hub. Life really is about making lemonade!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

tirelesstraveler~ I'm impressed with the many uses for lemons. You'll love how good they smell in the fireplace and how white your nails will be. It takes some doing, but it works. Thanks.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Oh my I thought I might have a useful suggestions for the article but, you included all the uses I have for lemons! Thanks so much. Laughed so hard at the introduction!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi there Angela - You are a master at leaving great comments. Natural and detailed. Glad you had a good laugh at the introduction 'cause laughing is so good for us. Thanks and come back again soon!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear sofs - It makes me happy to know that I could share these tips with you. I'm writing another one now. It's so much fun to find new tips. Thanks so much!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

bredandagnes - Thanks for sharing your great tip on using lemon to clean a marble fireplace. I'm sure others will find it useful. I imagine anything marble could be cleaned and brightened with lemon.

I like your comments. So nice meeting you.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Charlotte - It's always a joy to see that you have stopped by. Isn't it wonderful that there are so many uses for lemons? When using it as an astringent I think you can just leave it on your skin.

Take care my good friend and thanks!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Jools99 - Gobsmacked? What a great word. Mind if I borrow it from time to time? I'm jazzed that you like this hub. It was fun to write. What a wonderful fruit this is. Thanks my friend!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jpelczar ~ I'm so glad you have shared your lemon tip here. I am going to start drinking 5 lemons each day (it does seem excessive.) I'd love to lose 15 pounds to be at my best weight. Thank you, my friend!


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I love lemons. I love how bright and yellow they look, how they smell and how they taste. Since I've had to stop eating all kinds of sauces recently, lemon juice has become my friend in the kitchen. I add it to almost every dish - it's amazing! Thanks for sharing these extra tips, I'll definitely give a few of them a try. :)


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Ooohhh - I love lemons, even in a simple glass of ice water. It really can hit the spot on a hot day. I also love lemon pie, lemon chicken, and really, anything with lemon. I must try them on some spots on my hand in see if it works to remove them.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Crazy for lemons. I use them in recipes, the peels in my garbage disposal. When we were selling our house I boiled them on the stove. I like them in my water and my coke. Voted up.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Danette Watt - Thanks so much for reading my hub and leaving good comments. I love this part and thank you in advance for sharing it - "I will put citrus peels in my garbage grinder and sometimes I'll put an orange slice in a small pot of water to simmer with some nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon." WONDERFUL !


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Rosemary50 - I'm glad that my hub has alerted you to the dangers of plastic and the effects to our planet. And, I am finding new uses for my plastic every month or so. It's actually kind of exciting.

I recently made my own weights by filling 2 plastic bottles with sand. I use them all the time. Thanks for coming by.

@TheRightWord - Well, isn't that something! How fortunate you are to have access to lemons. I'm so jealous! :-)

@MelChi - Isn't lemon juice wonderful? I wish I had a lemon tree. As you have discovered, lemons are a marvelous substitute for sauces and such. Thanks for sharing your story and for liking my tips!

@ktrapp - Did you say lemon pie? You mean that incredibly delicious mound of lemon sitting on a flaky piecrust and topped with meringue or whipped cream? Ohhhh. I'd about do anything for a slice or 2 of my favorite pie right now. Do you bake? :-)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Moonlake - I like your idea of boiling lemons on the stove for the aroma - so clean and fresh. I will try that tomorrow. Thanks for leaving comments and sharing this good tip.


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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

This is a really good hub with great tips on lemons. I LOVE lemons, I absolutely love the smell of a fresh lemon when I first cut into one. I remember there used to be a cologne called Love's Fresh Lemon that I drowned myself in when I was a teenager. I wish they still made it. :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

T4an - Hi there. So great to see you here and to read your comments about lemons. I, like you, love the smell and look of a lemon when first cutting into it. The lemon cologne sounds magnificent. Wonder if someone makes a close second?


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Thank you vocalcoach for all of these excellent and useful tips. I would have never thought of some of them. Voted up, shared, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Olde Cashmere - Aren't lemons great? I always keep fresh lemons around. Nature has provided so much for us - an answer for everything. I love your hubs BTW. Just needed to mention that :)

Thank you for the vote up and all the rest. I'm smiling!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

To use the peels for fire starters do you have to let them dry out first?


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MarieAlice 4 years ago from Peru

Hey what a great article about lemons!!! Lemons are useful not only for cooking, but also for cleaning and for improving your health system because is high in vitamin C. I also heard that they attract bad energies so I was advised to put some lemons on a vase (creating a natural decorating plate) and these lemons will atract bad energies and negativity present at home... I don't know if this is true, but we do not loose anything by trying, by the way, the house will smell so nice!!!!


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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

How funny.... I was just thinking about lemons and thinking about looking for this hub again to reread! I'm so happy it has popped up again! Such wonderful tips and ideas and very informative! Thumbs up and shared..again! :) ♥


SilverGenes 3 years ago

Wow! You've featured so many uses here that I didn't know about before. This is fantastic! And the opening really made me laugh :)


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I am so glad i saw this on Facebook.. Hi Vocal coach.. I love this hub..

Merry Christmas

Debbie


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

What awesome tips! I've heard of a few of these, like using lemon to lighten your hair, but many of these I've never heard of. I love lemons and these tips are great.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

I do let the peelings dry, however I've also used them without drying first.

The aroma is lovely!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

MarieAlice ~ I love your tip about lemons attracting bad energies and negativity. I know that sage also clears negativity and bad energies. Thanks so very much!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi there Rusticliving ~ Welcome back again! Seeing you always puts a big smile on my face! And so do your creative hubs. Thanks again and have a mah-velous day:)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

SilverGenes ~ I'm on top of the world for bringing you a laugh! And thanks for letting me know that you found new uses for lemons. Enjoy your day (or night) and hope to see you soon.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Debbie - (Beautiful lady)

I'm so pleased that you liked my hub on the uses of lemons. Hope your holidays were full of joy and love. I just read your latest poetry on older folks and loved it!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Natasha (Love your name)

I love lemons too. Wish I had a lemon tree :) Thanks for appreciating the tips about lemons. Have a wonderful day!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

I tried the fire starter lemon rinds and they work nicely


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thank you tirelesstraveler for the update!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Audrey,

What a great compilation of lemon tips and tricks, love the joke! lol Definitely have had one or two lemons myself through the years!!

It really is such a versatile fruit no wonder my favorite chef Jamie Oliver can't live without them in his kitchen. They are top of my list to grow when we move to Italy so i have my own supply for beauty recipes, cooking, diy tips, cleaning preps and so much more! Thanks for adding so many new uses for me to make note of and try. Voted +++++ shared and pinned to fruit!


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srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

vocalcoach, Lemon is one of the most commonly used fruit in India. It may be in the form of juice, pickles or even medicines. Your tips are great. I would like to narrate my own experience. This part of the country experiences extreme weather. It crossed 47 degree centigrade (more than 116 Fahrenheit) the other day. When I shifted to this city a few years back I found it quite difficult to adjust to hot weather. I was always sweating and felt very uncomfortable. A stage came when I got low grade fever which could not be controlled even after a week. One physician suggested that lemon juice with little bit of salt would be of great help. It worked well and I was OK within two days. Every member in our family uses lemon specially in summer. Thanks for all the great tips about lemon. Voted up and shared.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Suzie - Thank you for pinning this hub and for the great votes and sharing. I really appreciate it.

You are moving to Italy? How wonderful is that. Growing your own lemons will be terrific, especially for someone like you. I'll be eager to read your hubs on uses for lemons for the skin, etc. Take care my friend!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

srsddn - A fascinating story about the lemon and salt. Thank you for sharing this. I'm sure this will be of help to others reading my hub. I didn't know that lemons are so commonly used in India. Thanks for being here, the kind votes and for sharing. Enjoy the day!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Wow, this is great! You have provided a variety of uses for lemon, as well as a funny joke and some information about it. Very useful! Thanks. I am bookmarking this. I like using natural items for many things.

It's really interesting to hear about how your mother used to streak your hair with lemon.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kathryn - Hi there. So glad to read your comments and to know that you enjoyed my hub. Thanks so much and enjoy your day - naturally :)


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego

Wow! Lots of great tips on using lemons. I had read some before but didn't know most of what you shared here, but now I know :) My mom used lemon to clean her nails and rid that fishy smell after fish cleaning. And since I learned it can clean calcium deposits, now I could rid of those deposits without chemicals. I prefer and love the natural ways :) My uncle brings lots of lemons from his tree when he visits us. Now I know many uses of it. Up, and shared on FB and Tweeter!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

precy anza - Hi! How lucky you are to have an uncle to keep you well supplied with lemons. And they're fresh off the trees. Once we get used to using natural ways for cleaning it's really hard to use chemicals. It's just great to see you here and I want to thank you for the rating and for sharing. :)


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Good to know so many uses for my lemons!!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thanks Audrey - I've been using the lemons to reduce the brown spots on my hands and face - still waiting for results :)


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a nice Hub! You have certainly made us appreciate lemons. I had a car that was a "lemon" once, LOL. The lemon producing electricity sounds like a simple and fascinating science experiment!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Great ideas Audrey! I will definitely try the microwave idea, my microwave is always so dirty! well not dirt, but full of food splashes, so this sounds easy to do! great hub!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rebeccamealey - Thanks so much for this cute comment!

Nell Rose - It's next to impossible to keep my own microwave clean because, like your, it's full of splashes of food. Thanks so much!


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

When I was a kid, I used to eat these like an orange. :)


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Gotta love lemons!! So many uses!


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MelRootsNWrites 2 years ago from California

I didn't know about all these uses for lemons. I'm going to keep them handy. It was mentioned in the comments, but we put lemon in the garbage disposal, too. It removes any funky odors that are hanging around.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Paula -

Wow! That's amazing. Great source of vitamin C as well as a purification. Thanks.

Hello Audrey -

And guess what? I've been using lemons to remove my age spots and it works! Thanks.

MelRootsNWrites -

Do you just squeeze the juice from the lemon for the garbage disposal or do you grind the lemon rind and all? Thanks.


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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Wow, this is some really great information on lemons. I knew some of them but sure learned some new ones, too. I remember putting lemon juice on our hair as a teen. I did not know that it would remove the brown spots on the skin. I need to get some lemons today!


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SusanDeppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

Wonderful list of lemon tips! I love having a bowl of lemons in the kitchen. The fragrance is nice and fresh and just seeing them there lifts my spirits.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

OhMe

Using lemons to remove brown spots is the only way to go. You have to keep at it for a while, but it really does work. Thanks!

SusanDeppner

Hi there Susan. How nice to see you here. I agree with you about keeping lemons in a bowl in the kitchen. So 're-freshing'. Thank you.

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