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The Ultimate Guide to Lemons: 61 Uses for Health, Beauty, Home and Petcare

Updated on January 16, 2015

When life gives you lemons, rejoice because you can do a lot of things with them! Lemons not only provide numerous health benefits, they have multiple uses ranging from health and beauty to household care.

Below you will find the ultimate list of uses and benefits of lemons. Enjoy!


Health and Wellness

A glass of lemon juice contains less than 25 calories. It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber. It also has medicinal values and antibacterial properties and contains traces of iron and vitamin A.

Packed with all the goodness, make it a point to begin your day with a glass of warm lemon juice. Its cleansing and medical effects will have positive effects on your health in the long run, including.

  1. Alkalizes your body
  2. Aids digestion
  3. Helps lower cholesterol
  4. Helps lower high blood pressure
  5. Boosts your immune system
  6. Relieves heartburn
  7. Anti-aging properties
  8. Combats cancer
  9. Reduces inflammation
  10. Flushes out toxins
  11. Helps purify the blood
  12. Fights hunger cravings
  13. Helps fight viral infections
  14. Cleanses your system
  15. Provides an energy boost
  16. Freshens breath
  17. Heals hypertension
  18. Reduces phlegm and aids breathing and those suffering with asthma
  19. Supports bone health as an excellent source of potassium
  20. Prevents kidney stones



  1. Combat Colds. Make hot lemon tea with honey to combat the cold and flu
  2. Cure a Sore Throat. Gargle with the juice of one lemon mixed with one teaspoon of sea salt and one cup of lukewarm water to aid a sore throat three times a day for 1 minute
  3. Relieve Nausea. Squeeze lemon juice into a glass and add a pinch of sugar for nausea relief
  4. Abolish Acne. Apply lemon juice on acne and leave overnight to get rid of acne
  5. Soothe Rashes. Apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to sooth itching and alleviate the rash
  6. Rig Anxiety. Sprinkle of few drops of lemon balm essential oil to soothe anxiety
  7. Heal Canker Sores. Rinse your mouth with a lemon juice and water mixture three times a day to heal canker sores
  8. Eczema Relief. Soak a linen cloth with a mixture of 8 drops of lemon essential oil, 1 cup lukewarm water and 1 tablespoon of liquid honey. Place cloth on affected area for 15 minutes, 2–3 times a day to provide Eczema relief
  9. Repel Insects. Add 20 drops of lemon oil to 1 cup water and spray into the air to repel insects
  10. Enhance Sleep. Use lemon balm to help reduce anxiety and promote sleep
  11. Dental Care. Apply lemon juice to areas of a toothache to help get rid of pain
  12. Stop Gum Bleeding. Massage gums with lemon juice to stop gum bleeding
  13. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes. Pour a few drops of lemon juice directly to a minor cut to stop bleeding and disinfect


  1. Heal Corns. Place a slice of lemon onto a corn and bandage to heal corns faster
  2. Heal Calluses. Dab undiluted lemon oil with a cotton ball or Q-tip to soften calluses
  3. Spider Veins. Mix 2 to 3 drops of lemon essential oil with jojoba, avocado or almond oil and massage the affected area
  4. Creates Blond Highlights. Add ¼ cup lemon juice to ¾ cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Sit in the sun until your hair dries. For maximum effect, repeat once daily up to a week
  5. Clean and Whiten Nails. Add a half lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips for 5 minutes in the mixture. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth on the nail
  6. Treat Flaky Dandruff. Massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until dandruff disappears
  7. Soften Dry Elbows. Rub a paste of baking soda and lemon juice on elbows for a smoothing and exfoliating treatment
  8. Remove Warts. Apply a dab of lemon juice directly to a wart with a cotton swab and repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely


  1. Clean the Sink. Apply lemon juice and salt until the mixture (until it reaches a toothpaste-like consistency) to brass, copper or stainless steel sinks and fixtures. Scrub gently then rinse with water. This also removes rust stains
  2. Remove Food Odor. Add a lemon to the garbage disposal to remove food odor
  3. Scrub the Dishwasher. Rub a piece of lemon on your dishwasher to remove dried food or detergent. Rinse by wiping with a damp cloth then rub dry
  4. Clean a Stovetop or Oven Spill. Scrub a paste of lemon juice, water and baking soda on a spill. Let it sit for 15 minutes then scrub and rinse with water and a sponge
  5. Clean the Windows. Use a 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ cup white vinegar and 1 quart warm water to clean windows
  6. Rid Odor. Add several lemon rinds and 1 teaspoon of whole cloves and rosemary leaves to a pot of water. Bring to a boil and the aroma will freshen your entire home
  7. Clean the Cutting Board. Rub a bit of lemon juice on your cutting board to get rid of garlic, onion and fish smells
  8. Freshen the Fridge. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave in the fridge for several hours to remove fridge odors
  9. Remove Berry Stains. Wash your hands with undiluted lemon juice then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until hands are stain free
  10. Remove Clothing Stains. Scrub equal parts lemon juice and water to stained areas on shirts and blouses
  11. Boost Laundry Detergent. Pour 1 cup lemon juice into the wash during the wash cycle to zap stains, remove rust and mineral discolorations and leave your clothes brighter and smelling fresh
  12. Rid Clothes of Mildew. Rube a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the effect area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone
  13. Clean Fruits and Veggies. Use 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and spray on fruits and veggies to remove pesticides and dirt
  14. Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp. Put soggy lettuce into a bowl of cold water with the juice of half a lemon. Refrigerate the lettuce for 1 hour then dry the leaves before using
  15. Prevent Cauliflower from Turning Brown. Squeeze a teaspoon of lemon juice on cauliflower before heating them to prevent browning


  1. Health Benefits. Adding lemon to your dog’s diet has many of the same health benefits as it does for humans such as anti-aging, cancer inhibitor, calming, detoxifying, digestive aid, disease fighting, immune system health, heart health and much more
  2. Heal Acne. Dab undiluted lemon juice with a cotton ball to the affect area to heal acne. Apply twice a day
  3. Repel Insects. Apply lemon topically to repel insects and parasite
  4. Effective Shampoo/Cleanser. Steep a bag of green tea and apply the juice of a fresh lemon to the cooled tea. Use the resulting liquid to bath your dog. You can also add a few tablesppons of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to the mixture

There are so many amazing uses for lemons so next time life gives you lemons, do all these things!


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    • Abby Campbell profile image

      Dr Abby Campbell 

      4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Excellent uses for lemon! Thank you for sharing! I do start my day out with green tea and lemon, but I'm happy to know many more uses for it.


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