Some common and some uncommon uses for lemons.
- Remove tough food stains from your cutting board by rubbing with lemon juice and baking soda. This will also kill germs and freshen.
- Clean and deodorize your microwave by placing 4 tablespoons of lemon juice in 1 cup of water. Place in microwaveable bowl and boil for 5 minutes. The condensation from the boiled mixture will enable the microwave to be wiped out easily, and will deodorize the oven.
- A paste of salt and lemon juice will clean and shine your sink while killing germs.
- Toss lemon rinds into the fireplace to freshen stale smells.
- Toss lemon rinds into simmering water along with cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels to make a delightful aroma and humidify the air.
- Polish chrome faucets with a paste of baking soda and lemon juice.
- A few tablespoons added to the water in a humidifier will deodorize the air in the home.
- Cut a lemon in half and place in dishes for air fresheners.
- Stop potatoes or cauliflower from discoloring while cooking by placing 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in the water while cooking.
- Stop apples or guacamole from discoloring when preparing fruit salads by sprinkling lemon juice on them.
- Place a sponge or cotton ball dabbed with lemon juice in your fridge for several hours to displace foul odors. Do not forget to remove the spoiled food.
- By adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to rice while cooking you can prevent your rice from sticking.
- Freshen soggy lettuce by dipping lettuce in a bowl of cold water with the juice of ½ lemon. Place lettuce in fridge for 1 hour. Remove lettuce from the bowl and allow to dry. The lettuce can then be used for sandwiches or salad.
- Ant-proof the kitchen with lemon juice. Squirt lemon juice on thresholds and window sills. Squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks that the ants are entering. Scatter small slices of lemon peel around door entrances. Ants do not like the lemon fragrance and will not enter your home. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas. Reader’s Digest suggests a mixture of ½ gallon (2 liters) of water and the juice and rinds of four lemons. Wash the kitchen floor and the counters with this mixture and watch the insects leave.
- Lemon or orange peels tossed regularly into the garbage disposal will keep the garbage disposal smelling fresh.
- Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Rub the solution on your aluminum pans, then buff and watch them shine.
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