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Uses for Lemons

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This citrus fruit has a variety ways it can be used besides as food. This guide is about uses for lemons.


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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh2 found this helpful
June 9, 2009

Normally when I shop, I don't fill my cart with bright yellow lemons. Until recently, that is. Now, after reading about the versatility of lemons in a grocery store flyer, lemons are at home in my fridge. Lemons are a reasonably priced replacement for some products, and they recoup their costs easily throughout the house.

Cleaning with Lemons

It's not surprising to know that everything about lemons smells fresh and clean. "Waste not; want not" with lemons and use not only the fruit but their peels as well. Purchase lemons for whatever their intended purpose, but don't throw the rinds in the garbage afterwards. Instead, throw them into your garbage disposal and grind them. The fresh smell will eliminate stale garbage disposal odors and replace them with the fresh smell of lemon.

Another cleaning option to spread the lemony smell around your kitchen is to clean cutting boards with the fruit. Not only does the fruit and its juice freshen but it sanitizes as well. Rub lemons on wooden spoons and other porous surfaces that may retain germs and odors.

Lemons can serve as scouring pads if they're dipped in coarse salt and used to clean pots. Cut them in half or in quarters and dip the juicy inside of the fruit in the salt. Any metal in the home that shows a few spots of rust can be cleaned with your new natural scouring pad. The lemon and salt eliminates the rust dots on bathroom fixtures, utensils, and other metal surfaces. This combination also works wonders cleaning copper bottom pots. It's more efficient and cheaper than copper cleaner.

Beautiful Lemons

Lemons are useful as beauty aides as well. Instead of spending money on heavy moisturizers and the heel buffers, spend it on lemons. Cut a lemon in half and dip that half in sugar. Then, rub the lemon half on your elbows and heels. The fruit will soften and heal the tough skin.

Use lemon juice to keep food beautiful, too. Adding a bit of lemon juice to fruits that normally brown will stop the browning and keep apples and bananas fresh and white. The little bit needed won't alter the taste, and lemon juice can be added to dips and sauces that naturally brown in the air as well.

I Like Lemons!

I like lemons, because ants don't like lemons. Some lemon juice squirted outside by windowsills and across thresholds will work as a barrier to ants and some other pests. The commercial pest barriers are expensive; lemons are less than a dollar a piece.

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January 19, 2013

Wat can you do with lemons to make your home smell good?

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June 22, 20180 found this helpful

Many people enjoy juicing lemons for recipes or just to add to water. This guide has tips on how to juice lemons.

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