One of the most resourceful and multi-talented fruits out there is the lemon. The lemon is the boss of the kitchen. Not only can it brighten up meals and drinks, but it can clean too! It has antimicrobial properties, it shines and polishes, freshens the air, whitens whites, saves lives and comforts screaming babies. Well, I don’t know about those last two, and yes, I’m getting a little carried away, but it really is a resourceful little fruit. Lemon essential oil is also included in my favorite body butter scent, Lemon Fresca, which will be available online for purchase October 1st!
I’m drawn to anything that has multiple uses or that can be reused, recycled, or upcycled. Lemons are a staple in my refrigerator. I don’t buy the bottled lemon juice which usually includes other ingredients. When I need lemon juice, I just pull out my lemons and start squeezing. Below are 25 ways the lemon proves it’s better than anything else you may have sitting in your fridge:
- Make things shiny. Shine chrome faucets by combining lemon and salt. Let sit, rinse, then dry with a soft cloth.
- Clean stains. Remove stains from wooden and plastic cutting boards by rubbing them with half of a lemon. Add baking soda for stubborn stains. Leave on overnight, rinse and dry.
- Clean your microwave. Place a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in the microwave and heat until the mixture boils. Leave for 10 minutes. Wipe away the food particles.
- Clean disposable containers. Soak plastic food storage containers in lemon juice to remove those stubborn red stains from leftover spaghetti or lasagna. If needed, add baking soda, scrub, rinse, and dry.
- Boost dish washing. Is Dawn not doing it for you? Add drop of lemon juice to your soap to help with fighting grease on your dishes.
- Remove grease stains. This is so necessary for me. Because I only use natural oils on my body, i’m always getting oil on my clothes. Rub lemon juice on the spot and let sit overnight and then wash normally. Avoid doing this with silk, linen or wool.
- Clean mirrors and windows. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray on the windows and wipe clean with newspaper.
- Garbage disposal freshener. Chop up a few lemon rinds, mix with baking soda and vinegar to clean and freshen your garbage disposal. Be sure to use cold water to flush.
- Polish glass jars and vases. I use glass measuring cups to mix my butters and residue from the oils make the glass cloudy. To fix, mix 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and ½ cup of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Add water to fill the bottle completely and spray on glass and wipe clean.
- Keep the fridge happy. To help deal with strange odors, place half of a lemon inside. It may help if you throw away that month-old milk too.
- Underarm stain remover. There’s nothing more embarrassing than to raise you hand like you’re sure and have big sweat stains under your armpits. To whiten the stains, mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 cup of water. Treat the areas with the liquid and let soak for an hour or up to overnight, then throw in to the washing machine as usual.
- Chewing gum remover. When you’ve made the dangerous mistake of getting gum in your hair or clothes, rub on half of a lemon to loosen up the gum.
- Brighten nails. Squeeze lemon juice in a small, shallow bowl. Soak fingertips for 10 minutes. Be careful if you have any cuts on your fingers, this will sting! Afterwards mix ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup water and brush the solution on your nails.
- Freshen floors. Before you start to vacuum, put a few drops of lemon juice in the dust bag. It will make the house smell fresh.
- Make loads brighter. Add 1 cup of lemon juice during the wash cycle. It will help with stains and leave clothes smelling wonderful.
What did I miss? Do you use lemon other ways in your house?
- August 06, 2015
- Tiffany A