We all know that lemons are delicious to use in beverages, to flavor fish and poultry, and even just to eat on their own. What many people do not know is that the usefulness of lemons goes far beyond being a delicious snack or flavor enhancer. They’re the perfect all-natural option for cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing, and much more. Read on to discover 20 new ways to use lemons!
1. Preserve fruits and vegetables by misting them with lemon juice. The acidity prevents browning, and can even revive wilted lettuce.
2. Mix up a 50/50 vinegar and water solution, then add 2-4 tablespoons of lemon juice to create an all-natural disinfectant cleaner.
3. Mix 1 cup lemon juice with ¼ cup water, mist hair until damp, then sit in the sun or under a hair dryer until dry for natural-looking highlights.
4. Mix a 50/50 lemon juice and water solution in a spray bottle for a streak-free mirror and window cleaner.
5. Add ¼ cup of lemon juice to your wash cycle to brighten whites.
6. Scrub faucets and handles in the bathroom with ½ lemon to remove soap scum and polish metals.
7. Create an all-natural teeth whitener by brushing with a paste of lemon juice and baking soda.
8. Boil a pot of water with cut lemon wedges and peels for a long-lasting home air freshener.
9. Rub wooden cutting boards with ½ lemon to disinfect and deodorize.
10. Dab warts with a cotton swab soaked in lemon juice several times a day to dissolve.
11. Rub fingernails and toenails with a cotton ball soaked in lemon juice to remove stubborn polish stains.
12. Place cut lemon wedges in a small bowl of water, microwave for two minutes, then wipe out the microwave for easy cleaning and odor control.
13. Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with ½ tablespoon of lemon juice to make your own furniture polish.
14. Run cut lemons and lemon peels through the garbage disposal to clean and deodorize.
15. Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda to clean stainless steel.
16. Pour undiluted lemon juice over minor cuts and scrapes to reduce bleeding and disinfect wounds.
17. Add 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice to humidifiers to disinfect and release a fresh scent.
18. Even your skin tone by applying a mixture of 1 part lemon juice to 5 parts water to skin daily.
19. Spritz doorways, windows, and other insect entrance areas with lemon juice to keep ants and other bugs away.
20. Soothe poison ivy and alleviate the itch by applying lemon juice directly to the rash.
What’s your favorite use for lemons besides as a food product? Comment below and share these tips with your friends.