Thanks to its citric acid and natural antibacterial and bleaching properties, lemons have a lot of uses around the house, from cleaning up tough messes in the kitchen to improving personal appearances. When life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade—check out these 17 uses for lemons! 

Cleaning with Lemons

1. Cut grease. An enzyme in the citric acid of lemon juice cuts through grease as good as any commercial cleaner. Combine the juice from two lemons with ½ cup of vinegar to create a powerful grease-fighting cleaner.

2. Banish odors. Nothing says “I’m clean!” like the fresh scent of lemon. Not only will cleaning with lemons leave your home smelling fresh, but the lemons can actually remove the offending odor—not just cover it up.

3. Dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits. Just pour undiluted lemon juice on the deposits, or rub a cut lemon over the troublesome spot.

4. Clean cutting boards. Disinfect and freshen wooden cutting boards by rubbing a cut lemon over the surface. Let the lemon juice sit for a while before wiping clean.



5. Clean your garbage disposal. Strong odors and bacteria can buildup in your garbage disposal over time. To clean this hard-to-reach area, cut a lemon up into chunks, place in the garbage disposal and turn it on.



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