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15 Household Uses for Lemons

June 24, 2013

household uses for lemonsWho doesn’t love the smell of fresh lemon? Not only does it lift our moods and freshen our summer drinks, it is also a terrific way of going green! Here are a few household uses for lemons that we love.

HOUSEHOLD USES FOR LEMONS AROUND THE HOUSE:

1. Rub kitchen and bathroom faucets with lemon peel. Wash and dry with a soft cloth to shine and remove spots.

2. Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of salt to make a rust-removing scrub.

3. Clean stained coffee pots: use about 1 tbs lemon juice, table salt, and 3-4 ice cubes. Swirl around. The stains will come off without scrubbing or damaging the coffee pot. Rinse with warm water once the stains are removed.

4. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section of the lemon. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains.

5. Put a whole lemon peel through the garbage disposal. It freshens the drain and the kitchen.

6. Create a natural, fragrant firelight by baking discarded lemon peels until they darken. Perfect for your next grilling party!

7. To increase the grease-cutting power of your dishwashing detergent, add a teaspoon of lemon juice.

8. Soak plastic food storage containers in dilute lemon juice to remove stains and odors. Add baking soda and scrub, rinse and dry.

 9. Remove odors from your refrigerator with a half lemon on a saucer. Change once a week.
10. Keep your toilet bowl fresh by placing a half cup of lemon juice in the bowl and swish with a toilet bowl brush.

HOUSEHOLD USES FOR LEMONS AS A BEAUTY AID:

11. Rub a cut lemon dipped into a half-teaspoon of sugar over your face for a few minutes, or create a mild mixture by using lemon juice, sugar and a small amount of water. Do this once a week to help remove dead skin cells and refresh your skin.

12. Reduce dry skin by mixing equal amounts of honey, lemon and olive oil in a bowl. Apply the mixture to dry areas on the skin and allow it to dry thoroughly for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

13. Add lemon juice to a cup of cool water to rinse your hair after shampooing to add shine.

14. Dry, flaky hands? Create your own lemon hand scrub !

15. Juice half a lemon into a small bowl of water and soak your fingernails for 10 minutes. Rinse with vinegar and voila, brighter nails.

How do you use lemons around the house? We would love your ideas!

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