13 Ways to Use Lemons Around the House

Brighten and refresh your home with these 13 easy, natural uses for lemon.

| July/August 2013

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Put lemons to good use with these 13 ideas.

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Sure, lemons make a pretty drink garnish and can brighten the flavors of foods, but they also have many handy nonculinary uses thanks to their natural antibacterial, deodorizing and bleaching properties. When life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade—put them to good use.

1. Grease Cutter: Because they contain citric acid, lemons cut through grease with ease. Add a few drops of lemon juice to your dish soap to increase its grease-fighting power, or mix ½ cup vinegar with the juice of two lemons  in a spray bottle for an easy grease-fighting  solution. For grease stains on clothing, rub lemon juice into the stain and let sit overnight before washing as normal.

2. Copper Cleaner: Remove tarnish from copper pots or discolored brass by rubbing the surface with half a lemon. Another method: Mix ¼ cup salt with the juice of a lemon, rub over surface, then let sit for five to 10
minutes before buffing with a clean cloth. Always test a small spot first.

3. Garbage Disposal Cleaner: Banish odors from your garbage disposal by tossing a lemon in and turning it on. If your garbage disposal has a hard time handling large items, chop the lemon into pieces first.

4. Cutting Board Freshener: Disinfect and deodorize cutting boards by rubbing a cut lemon over the surface. Let the juice dry, then wipe clean with water. 

5. Hard Water Stain Remover: Rub half a cut lemon over hard water stains and soap buildup in the sink or tub. Dip the lemon in coarse salt beforehand to give it extra scrubbing power. Lemons are also helpful at descaling teapots and removing hard water stains from other appliances that hold water, such as coffeepots. To descale a teapot, boil lemon wedges inside the pot, then let the water sit for a few hours before rinsing out. You can also fill the teapot with diluted lemon juice and let sit for a few hours.

8/3/2015 3:05:11 AM

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8/3/2015 3:02:40 AM

My mother in law told me to use a lemon in the dishwasher. Your tip for the laundry was very useful too. My white clothes became shining.

6/17/2014 1:26:40 AM

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6/16/2014 4:09:49 AM

This is super useful. Lemons are actually amazing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_utcOWbN7E

6/16/2014 2:41:21 AM

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6/16/2014 2:39:22 AM

So versatile. It's actually an amazing fruit.Thanks for sharing this great post. It's worth it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHFnxoFI_48

6/22/2013 12:35:25 PM

I wanted to add a couple to your list.  After I squeeze my lemons I usually put the halves in my jug of water.  It adds a nice refreshing lemony taste (I use organic lemons for this).  After they have been in the jug for a couple of days then I take them out and put them in the freezer.  When I need some lemon zest, out comes a lemon half for that.  They are easier to zest when they are frozen as well.  There you go; how to use one lemon 3 different ways.

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