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If you have a meyer lemon tree growing in your backyard, and you are wondering what
to do with all those beautifully bright lemons before summer, here’s a list of unusual
and interesting things to do with lemons or lemon juice.
While lemon is widely used in cooking for its delicious tangy flavor and zesty aroma,
it also has many other rewarding benefits. For example, when you incorporate lemon
into your skincare routine, it works like magic to brighten up dull-looking complexion.
Additionally, the high acidity content of lemon juice makes it an excellent natural
household cleaner, perfect for killing germs and bacteria.
Household Uses for Lemons/Lemon Juice
You don’t need expensive high end polishers to make bathroom faucets or stainless
steel kitchen sink shine and looking brand new. A cut-up lemon dipped in salt (for
abrasion) is great for removing tarnish and polishing brass cookware, copper tea
kettles, chrome fixtures, or stainless steel cutlery.
Simply rub the salted lemon in a circular motion, over the surface of the piece that
you want to clean. Then rinse in warm water and lightly buff with a soft cloth or
paper towel. You can also substitute salt with baking soda or cream of tar tar. Add
enough lemon juice to baking soda or cream of tartar to get a paste that has the
same consistency as your toothpaste.
If you want to clean old and worn pennies, just place them in 1 cup lemon juice with
a pinch of salt, and let stand overnight. Rinse and rub the penny with paper towel
and it should become bright and shiny again!
2. Room Freshener
Rather than buying expensive air fresheners, make a eco-friendly, chemical-free homemade
room deodorizer. Combine the juice of 1 lemon with 1 spoonful strong tea (black or
green tea). Strain and transfer to a spray bottle. Spray once or twice into the air
to neutralize odors, and your rooms will smell fresh and crisp all day.
Alternatively, add lemon peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves and apple skins to a large
pot of water. Allow to simmer on stove-top, just make sure you have lots of water
in your pot. It will eliminate unpleasant tough odors around the house – smoking,
cooking and mold.
3. Drain Cleaner
Do you have a smelly garbage disposal problem? Toss used lemon rind/peel down the
garbage disposal once a week to get rid of the stinky odor and keep it smelling fresh.
You can also make a non-corrosive drain cleaner at home with 1 teaspoon lemon juice,
2 cups baking soda, ½ cup cream-of-tartar and 2 cups salt. Mix all ingredients except
lemon juice in a glass jar. When you want to clean your pipes, measure out ¼ cup
home-made drain cleaner and prepare 1 cup boiling water. Pour everything, including
lemon juice, into your drain. Let it set for 10-15 seconds before you flush it with
cold water for the next 30 seconds.
4. Laundry Bleach
Conventional laundry bleach is not only toxic to the environment, it can also cause
irritations in people with sensitive skin, and can be fatal if swallowed. To avoid
harmful residue in clothes, use lemon juice to whiten yellowed laundry instead. Lemon
juice acts as a natural whitening agent that provides some antibacterial and antiseptic
properties, and adds a lovely lemony fragrance to your clothing too.
Simply add about ½ cup straight lemon juice to the wash or rinse cycle to brighten
up white clothes. You can also combine lemon juice with cream of tartar and rub it
on stubborn stains before you wash.
After washing, let your clothes dry out in the sun. Natural sunlight will whiten
and freshen your laundry for free!
5. All-Purpose Cleaner
From getting cooking oil splatters off your stoves to removing hard water stains
and limescales, lemon juice is the cheapest multipurpose cleaner you can get hold
Pour about ½ cup lemon juice into a squirt bottle and fill it up with water. Spray
mixture to remove grease on kitchen worktops, bleach stains on walls, clean windows/mirrors
that are lightly soiled and clean ceramic floor tiles. For extra cleaning power,
add a bit of baking soda and borax. However, make sure to test on an inconspicuous
area to avoid staining. For example, marble does stain easily.
6. Disinfect Cutting Board
Bacteria like salmonella and E.coli can easily breed in the deep knife cuts on cutting
boards and cause food poisoning. To disinfect and clean your chopping board, rub
a lemon half over the entire surface, and let it sit for a few minutes or leave overnight.
In the morning, rinse well and air dry.
The other benefit of rubbing lemon halves on your chopping board is that it helps
to get rid of nasty cutting board odors – strong garlic smell, pungent onion smell,
fishy smell, etc.
You can also remove food stains and neutralize the odors of the previously cooked
food in the microwave using lemons. Place a few lemon slices in a bowl of water,
heat on HIGH for 1 minute.
7. Keep Cut Fruits Fresh
Keep freshly cut fruits like apples, bananas, pears, and avocados from turning brown
by coating them with lemon juice. Lemon contains citric acid that slows down the
oxidation process and prevents fruit slices from darkening.