A Dozen Ways to Use Lemons around the House

A Dozen Ways to Use Lemons around the House
Guest post by Marina Chernyak

 

Lemons are eaten, drank, used for seasoning, as a cooking aid, a cleaning aid, insect repellant, and a beauty aid. The lowly lemon is so versatile that one wonders why junk cars are called lemons.

Lemons help the cook.

  • A squeeze of lemon rescues the salad from browning. Apples, artichokes, avocadoes, fennel, celeriac, and bananas keep their appealing color.
  • Squeeze just a little in the water while cooking asparagus and broccoli to retain the vivid green coloring.
  • Add just a tad to the water when cooking cauliflower or rice to retain the brilliant white.
  • Using a potato peeler remove the outer layer of the organic lemon to prepare zest. Adding this when preparing foods will add zip to many dishes and enhance the food’s natural flavor and color.

Lemons help to relieve a cough.

Steep about two tablespoons organic lemon rinds, 1 teaspoons of sage and ½ teaspoon of thyme in boiling water for 15 minutes. Sweeten to taste (preferably with honey), let cool slightly and drink as a tea throughout the day.

Lemons are air fresheners.

  • Toss your lemon rinds in the fire place to freshen stale odors in your home.
  • Soak cotton balls in lemon juice, place in the refrigerator to freshen.
  • Place a few teaspoons of lemon juice in the water in your humidifier to deodorizer the air in your home.
  • Place lemon slices in dishes in the home for a natural deodorizer and to repel ants and fleas.
  • Toss lemon peels, cloves, cinnamon sticks and orange peels in water and simmer for a delightful fragrance.
  • Toss the lemon peels into the garbage disposal when running the disposal to freshen and deodorize.

Lemons help do the laundry.

  • Mix lemon juice with white vinegar and soak underarm stains to remove them from blouses and shirts.
  • A paste of salt and lemon juice rubbed into mildew stains helps to remove stains.
  • Lemon juice is gentle bleach for whites.

Lemons are a beauty aid.

  • Wash you face each night with lemon juice to lighten age spots, and freckles.  Do not rinse until morning and watch your complexion clear up. This also helps to stop black heads and acne.
  • Before sitting in the sun, spray your hair with lemon juice to get blond highlights.
  • Add lemon juice to your favorite shampoo to aid in the removal of dandruff and add two teaspoons of lemon juice to two cups of warm water to rinse hair after washing. This will aid in removing hairstyling buildup and dandruff.
  • Blend lemon juice and olive oil to rub into hands and feet to relieve aches and pains and soften skin.
  • Soak nail polish stained fingernails in lemon or a mixture of warm water and white vinegar to help bleach the nails back to their original color.

Lemon juice helps in other ways.

  • Lemon juice helps to make the breath fresh. Bad breath is created by bacteria and lemons kill the bacterium that causes bad breath. Drinking or gargling with the juice is all it takes.
  • A few drops of lemon juice mixed in a glass of warm water in the morning helps to maintain regularity.
  • Pour lemon juice directly on rashes from poison ivy to relieve the itch and discomfort.
  • Dab warts with lemon juice daily until the wart falls off.
  • If you have no alcohol in the home, use some lemon juice to dab at minor wounds. Not only will it kills germs but it will also aid in stopping the bleeding.

Warnings and tips:

  • Because of the acid contained in lemons, use only stainless steel, ovenproof glass, porcelain or ceramic when cooking with lemons or lemon juice.
  • Be careful not to get lemon juice in the eyes as it will sting.

Marina Chernyak is SAHM and co-owner of an hall and foyer table website located at – HallAndFoyerTables.com

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