When life hands you lemons, do a bunch of stuff! New uses for lemons.

Friday, January 6th, 2012

This bright yellow fruit may be best known for its culinary prowess, but this little citrus powerhouse can do so much more! Take a look at some of the new uses we found for lemons.

Sanitize and deodorize your cutting board.
The low pH of lemon juice makes it antibacterial. Rub half of a lemon, cut side down to remove odors and kill germs after using. (We recommend giving it a good rinse first.)

Keep foods looking fresh.
Apples, potatoes, avocadoes and bananas have a proclivity to turning brown once the are exposed to oxygen. Keep these food items looking great even after you’ve cut them by sprinkling them with lemon juice.

Brighten your whites.
The acetic acid in lemon juice acts like a bleaching agent. Add a cup to your washing machine for an alternative to bleach.

Remove stains.
Squeeze a little lemon juice over the offending stain. Sprinkle with a little salt and gently rub with the cut side of the lemon. Blot with a clean damp towel.

Remove stubborn cheese from a grater.
Cut a lemon in half and rub the cut side on the grater to get rid of cheese.

Clean and deodorize your microwave.
Cut a lemon in half and place it in a bowl with about an inch or two of water. Microwave for a few minutes or until the microwave is filled with steam. Wait a few minutes and then wipe down with a clean cloth.

Polish your furniture.
Trade in those chemicals in store bought polish for an all-natural alternative. Mix one part lemon juice to two parts oil in a spray bottle. Use olive, jojoba or grapeseed oil. Give the bottle a good shake before using. The lemon will act as a cleaning agent and keep the oil fresh. The oil will moisturize your wood.

As an ant and roach deterrent.
Spray lemon juice around the threshold of your doors leading outside. Make sure to also spray around your window. Target areas like the space between counters and appliances and any other cracks that seem to be ant prone. Periodically clean your counters and floors with a mixture of lemon juice and water.

Soothe itchy insect bites.
Dab those pesky bites with a little lemon juice a couple of times and the itch should disappear.


4 Responses to “When life hands you lemons, do a bunch of stuff! New uses for lemons.”

  1. Anne Mostella

    Thanks for the great tips! …never knew it could help deter ants and roaches. We sometimes have a problem in the summer with those little ants, and I am definitely going to try this 🙂

  2. Sarina

    Great article! I never thought about using lemon to clean a cheese grater! I’m going to definitely try that. I love using them to clean my cutting board 🙂

  3. Eugenie

    I didn’t know that lemon juice is an ant deterrent. I’ll have to try that.

  4. Howell

    I like the tip to sanitize and deodorize a cutting board by rubbing it with a lemon. My board tends to have an onion odor from all the onions I chop on it.


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