12 Surprising Uses of Lemons
Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits out there. We are not just talking about in cooking! Lemon can act as an acid, a natural disinfectant, a good cleaner and one of the most effective beauty ingredients. Let’s check out some off the easy yet surprising uses of lemons to make your life simpler.
HOME & CLEANING
1. Overcome Odors
Keep a couple of lemon peels in your fridge to avoid unpleasant smells.
2. Clean Plastic Containers
Reusing plastic food containers is a great way to reduce waste, but smells can linger forever. Overcome that stink by soaking the container in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water.
3. Clean Cutting Boards, Rolling Pins, Salad Bowls, and More
Cutting boards and other wooden kitchen products are germ, and funky smell, hotbeds. Lemon works very well on both odors and bacteria. After you’ve washed your cutting board, rub half of a lemon over the wood and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse and dry.
4. Polish Chrome and Stainless Steel
Forget that sponge, lemon is an excellent mild abrasive and works wonders for chrome and stainless steel. Scrub the metal with lemon rinds, rinse, and towel dry.
BEAUTY & FASHION
5. Replace Toxic Bleach
Skip the bleach in your laundry by adding half cup lemon juice to the wash instead.
6. Remove Armpit Stains from Clothes
Scrub a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water onto the stain, then let the dress air dry.
7. Lighten Nails
As we age, our nails start to turn yellow. To remove that yellowness from your nails, soak your nails in a cup of water and the juice of one lemon. Soak for a few minutes and rinse.
8. Sanitize Jewelry
Safety first! You can sanitize metal jewelry in a mixture of equal parts lemon and water. Just skip your fanciest gems and metals here, though.
FOOD & DRINK
9. Preserve Food
A little lemon juice will help prevent apples, potatoes, pears and cauliflower from browning.
10. Prevent Sticky Rice
To get perfect fluffy, stick-free rice, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the pot while the rice is simmering.
11. Refresh Lettuce
Placing soggy, wilted lettuce in a bowl of ice water and the juice of one half lemons will refresh the lettuce.
12. Lower Salt Intake
Lemon juice is one of the best salt substitutes out there. Skip the salt shaker and season your meals with lemon.