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Different Uses for Everyday Items: Lemon

by Kirsten Hudson

Tags: lemon, lemon juice, natural cleaners,

I rarely use lemon except when I squeeze a wedge into my iced tea to add a punch of flavor. This usually leaves me with more than half of a lemon that ends up rotting in my fridge. Try these unusual methods for using those leftover lemons.

Use this tangy fruit for more than just cooking. Photo By jamelah/Courtesy Flickr 

Eliminate bad breath

Rub a lemon wedge over your teeth and tongue to get rid of stinky breath.

Hangover cure

Sip hot water and lemon after a night of drinking to help cleanse the liver and get a boost of Vitamin C.

Clean copper pots

Easily remove food residue from copper pots with a combination of salt and lemon. Also use this concoction to naturally clean wooden cutting boards.

Heal sunburn

Combine apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to heal scorched skin. The lemon acts as a disinfectant to help heal the sunburn.

Reduce oily skin

Lemon can slow the production of overactive oil glands. Dab lemon juice onto your face every morning, leave on for a few minutes then wash off with warm water to minimize pores.

Soothe a sore throat

Combine lemon juice, warm water and a tablespoon of salt for a warm, soothing drink.

Bleach substitute

Mix 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 ¼ cup lemon juice and 12 cups water to create your own eco-friendly bleach.

Do you have any alternative uses for lemons? Tell me about them in the comment section.