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12 Brilliant and Wonderful Things You Can Do With Lemons

Updated on May 5, 2020
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Abena is a writer and entrepreneur. In 2016, she took the plunge and moved from the UK to Ghana, West Africa.


Brilliant Ways to Use Lemons Around The Home

You have probably heard of the saying, when life gives you lemons make lemonade right? Well, I say when life gives you lemons, find new and fun ways to use them. I love using lemons in my day to day cooking and even in my beauty regime however, there are plenty of ways you can use lemons in the home. In this article, I am going to list 12 wonderful and brilliant things you can do with lemons.

Clean Your Shower Doors

Lemon actually gets rid of soap scum that often builds up on shower doors, it can also be used as a general glass cleaner. All you need to do is cut one lemon in half and dip half the lemon into some sea salt and scrub scrub scrub! You can do the same thing with your windows or mirrors but without the salt. Rinse well, making sure there is no lemon residue left behind.

Dust Your House

This is one of my favorite things to do with lemons, it is so easy yet so effective for dusting your house. Here goes… firstly grab some white vinegar, a jar, some clean face clothes or wash rags and three lemons. Fill the jar with white vinegar and peel the lemons, take the lemon peels and place them inside the vinegar and leave covered overnight. Then place your clothes inside the jar to soak up the mixture. Cover the jar and use the clothes to dust your house whenever you need to. You will just love the fresh scent of this wonderful homemade dusting cloths.

Make a Powerful Cleaning Solution

This cleaning solution is so easy to make and you can use it to wipe down surfaces, clean windows and mirrors and you can use it to make scented dusting clothes too. If you don’t have lemons to hand, no problem! You can use any citrus fruit such as, oranges, limes and grapefruit.

Things You Need

  • White vinegar

  • 1 Litre mason jar with lid

  • Citrus peels

  1. Heat up the vinegar about 1.5 litres of it in a pan (you actually don’t need to heat it up but we have found it to be more effective when heated.

  2. When the vinegar is hot, pour it in the glass jar

  3. Let it cool down a bit before replacing the lid

  4. Leave for 24 to 48 hours

    5.Pour the vinegar through a strainer and pour into a spray bottle.

Eradicate Fridge Odours

Get rid of nasty fridge odours easily by soaking a sponge or cotton ball in pure lemon juice. Leave the sponge or cotton ball in the fridge for a few hours to absorb any bad smells.

Remove Permanent Marker Stains

Pesky permanent marker stains can be removed using simple freshly squeezed lemon juice. I came by this solution by chance one day when my son decided that he wanted to be a graffiti artist and drew all over my red leather arm chair. I was devastated and was willing to try anything to get rid of it. I tried nail varnish remover at first and it got rid of some of it, then I just randomly decided to try using some lemon juice that I had stored in the fridge. I placed a clean wash cloth into the lemon juice and then gently rubbed the marks off. It worked really well and got rid of most of the permanent marker stains.

Keep Bugs Away

Get rid of bugs by using a spray bottle of lemon juice and water. Spray the areas where the bugs hang out. You can even add a drop or two of white vinegar to make it even more powerful

Garbage Disposal Freshener

If your garbage disposal is starting to give off a strange scent, get rid of it by pouring white vinegar into an ice cube tray, drop lemon peel into each section. Freeze until frozen and drop the cubes into the garbage disposal to eliminate odours.

Clean Your Vegetables

If you don’t have any vinegar to hand, then just use lemon juice and salt to scrub your vegetables clean.

Fade Dark Spots

Fade dark spots by making a turmeric and lemon juice mask, use it twice a week to get rid of dark spots.

Tumeric and Lemon Juice Mask

Things you need

  • Tablespoon turmeric

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon natural yogurt

To do

Create a mask by mixing all the ingredients together. Place the mask on the dark spots and leave for 20 minutes or until dry. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry, repeat this twice a week.

Get Rid of Cracked Heels

Get rid of cracked heels by pouring two cups of lemon juice into a bucket of warm water. Soak your feet in the warm water for about 20 minutes. Now take some fine grain salt, coconut oil and a few drops of lemon juice and create a scrub. Scrub your cracked heels and rinse off and dry, your feet will feel soft and smooth.

Natural Air Refresher

Lemon is an amazing natural air freshener, make your house smell amazing by boiling the peel of three lemons in water, you can add orange peel and other citrus peel to the mix too. Leave it to boil and allow the scented steam to fill your house.

Clean a Stained Chopping Board

It is really simple to get rid of stains from chopping boards using half a lemon. I usually just dip the half of a lemon into baking soda and scrub the board and then rinse well.

I hope you found this article useful, leave some of your bright ideas in the comment section. I love to hear other ways of using lemon or any other household item to solve every day problems.


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