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Lemons and their many uses!

Updated on July 10, 2014
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Lemons and peels!

Lemonade is delicious, and lemons are used in millions of recipes. But they have a TON of other uses too. In an attempt to keep making my household "greener" I've now incorporated some of the additional things lemons and rinds can be used for in and around our home.

How many times have you sliced a lemon only to use a small amount and have the rest of it thrown away? Make use of a lemons full potential!

Next time you buy a bag of lemons, don't toss the leftovers after you squeeze the last drop of juice out. Get some extra use out of them. You'll be glad you did!

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In the kitchen!

Deodorize- Lemons make a great natural deodorizer, place a used lemon into your garbage disposal, turn the disposal on while running cold water into it, so that the lemon grinds up a bit. Leave it to sit overnight and enjoy the freshness the disposal now has!

Clean your microwave- Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a microwavable safe cup, add 1/2 a cup of water and microwave this for 1-3 minutes. The juice from the lemon really cuts down on scrubbing time!

Sanitize- Sanitize a cutting board by rubbing half a cut lemon over it (after you've washed if of course), this will also help lighten stains and discoloration on the board.

Veggie wash- Mix together 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 Tbsp vinegar, and 1 cup water, wash your fruits and veggies with this concoction.

Brighten aluminium pots and pans- Just rub the pans inside and out with half a lemon and watch them sparkle like new!

Keep guacamole green- Everyone knows how fast a cut avocado can brown. Next time you make guacamole for a party, sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice on it before refrigerating, doing this will keep the dip from browning to quickly.

Keep rice from sticking- Next time you make rice, put a teaspoon of lemon juice in with the boiling water, this will prevent it from clumping and sticking when it is done.

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On your body!

Liver health- The liver loves lemons. Lemons have been said to help the liver and liver cells regenerate from damage. So drink your ice cold lemon water daily!

Lighten age spots- Dab a few drops of fresh lemon on age spots for a few days and watch how beautifully they lighten! Gone!

Add highlights to hair- Section off the hair you want to lighten and rub half a lemon over these hairs, leave it on for 1-3 hours. Stay out of the sun when you do this, or they may get to light.

Get rid of bad breath -Swish with some fresh lemon juice and watch how quickly your bad breath disappears!

Whiten your finger nails- Are you a smoker? Do you have discolored nails? Soak your nails in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water for 10 minutes. Presto chango! Whiter brighter prettier nails.

Brighten your face -Add lemon juice to a few slices of cucumber or cotton balls and rub them over your face. It tones, clarifies and soothes, revealing a brighter natural glow!

Get rid of greasy hair -As a final hair rinse, use 2 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed 1 cup of water. Don't you look fabulous!

Corny feet -If you have corns on your feet try taping slices of lemon and securing with medical tape for a few hours. Watch how soft the corns become, easily remove the rest of them with a pumice stone in the shower! No more fear of flip-flops or fancy sandals!

Get rid of dandruff- Massage two tablespoons of lemon juice directly to your scalp, follow with a rinse of 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 cup water until your dandruff is gone!

Get rid of warts- Have you tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work? Try this, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acid in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.


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Around the house!

Insect repellent- Give unwanted bugs the boot by squirting the juice in any areas you don't want bugs, such as doorways and window frames. Bugs hate lemons. Next, place a few small inconspicuous slices outside of doorways or any other places ants or other pests try to get in.

Add them to soil near acid loving plants- Since lemons are acidic, acid loving plants love them! Sprinkle chopped pieces around the plant.

Get rid of moths-Hang a dried lemon sachet in closets to ward off moths.

Polish chrome-Rub chrome with a lemon rind and watch it sparkle like new!

Make furniture polish-For sealed wood, add a few drops of lemon juice into a cup of water.
For unvarnished wood, mix equal parts of olive oil and lemon juice. Use dry cotton rags to wipe the furniture.


© 2013 Rebecca

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    • travmaj profile image

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      I'm in Victoria Australia. I don't know anyone without a lemon tree or two. Ours was well established when we moved here. Weather - totally unpredictable - but obviously the right sort of unpredictable - lol.

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      5 years ago from USA

      oh yeah!! Where do you live? I'd love to try to grow a lemon tree, but the weather here is to unpredictable.

    • travmaj profile image

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      What great ideas for lemons - many I wouldn't have thought of. I have a lemon tree and rarely use them for anything other then juice or cooking. Particularly like the On the Body section. Thank you for this. On my way to pick some now...

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