Lemons are amazing, all-purpose fruits. They go well with savory dishes and sweet treats. They smell great and they”re good for you. But did you know that lemons are great for quite a few purposes other than eating? Check out this list of 26 ways to get the most out of your lemons. Before you know it, you”ll be buying up all the citrus fruits in the produce section.
1. If you have a lemon that”s going bad, cut it in half and put it in your trash bin to beat bad odors.
2. If your refrigerator has a nasty odor, half a lemon will soak up those odors, too.
3. If you”ve been working with smelly foods or products, wash your hands with a slice of lemon. It will absorb the odor.
4. Feeling nauseous? Suck on a lemon slice to calm your stomach.
5. Lemons can help dry out pimples and clear up blackheads. Put a little bit of lemon juice on a paper towel and rub it on the affected area.
6. Before your lemons go bad, freeze them for later use.
7. Make an all-natural furniture polish from one part lemon juice and two parts cooking oil.
8. After cooking fish or other potent foods in the oven, bake lemons for a refreshing scent.
9. Put a little bit of lemon juice in your laundry for whiter whites and a super clean scent.
10. Equal parts lemon juice and water make a great all-purpose cleaner.
11. Vinegar-based cleaning products leave a gross smell. Neutralize it with a bit of lemon juice.
12. Clean a toilet without scrubbing by throwing in half a cup of lemon juice.
13. Get more juice from your lemons by massaging it on the countertop before you squeeze.
14. For a healthy, quick salad dressing, mix up lemon juice and olive oil to taste.
15. Put a lemon in your water for an extra kick of immunity-boosting vitamin C.
16. Disinfect a wound with a lemon slice if no hydrogen peroxide is on hand.
17. Lemon juice is a natural way to break up grease, so the next time you have a pesky pan, wash it with the tangy juice.
18. Take the pain out of a wasp sting with a drop of lemon juice.
19. To get rid of dandruff, mix two teaspoons of lemon juice and two cups of water. Rinse and repeat.
20. Mix up a teaspoon of lemon juice and a cup of water. Use it to rinse your hair for extra shiny locks.
21. Clean mirrors by mixing two tablespoons of water and half a gallon of water.
22. You can remove mildew and rust from clothing with a lemon. Put the juice on the spot and leave your clothes in the sun for the day.
23. Sugar, olive oil, and lemon make an exfoliating hand scrub.
24. Add dried lemons to potpourri to keep it smelling fresh.
25. Use a slice of lemon to clean built up food off of a cheese grater.
26. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
The best, and obvious, solution to having extra lemons around the house.
(via Friends of the Earth)
You”ll never let your lemons go bad again now that you”ve learned how to hack into their full potential. I”m going to wash my hair with lemon juice for an extra dose of shine tonight. Which of these uses will you try first?