Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits out there.
Most people are familiar with the traditional uses of lemons, but diversity of applications for lemons are far exceeds general knowledge. Lemon juice is an acid, a natural disinfectant, and a nutritional powerhouse. Its scent is perfect for humans, but a deterrent for pests.
It helps preserve food and can easily replace harsh chemical-based ingredients. Now read the following list and i guarantee that you’ll want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24/7.
First some tips for lemons for health and beauty uses:
Teeth Whitening Treatment
Get sparkling white teeth with a simple combination of lemon juice and baking soda. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice and baking soda until it bubbles. Using a cotton swab, apply the mixture to your teeth and let sit for a minute before brushing off gently. This is a cost-effective way to get the smile you want without paying for expensive whitening treatments. However, it’s important to follow the instructions exactly because citric acid can erode tooth enamel if it’s left on your teeth for more than a minute.
Combine lemon and honey in a bowl for an easy, do-it-yourself facial mask. The vitamin C from the lemon will brighten your skin while the honey antiseptic properties will help prevent acne as it helps moisturize your skin. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes for best results.
Cook your fish on a lemon slices
Whether you are grilling or baking fish, try cooking it on lemons slices. Fish has a tendency to stick to surfaces so it can be tricky keeping it all together when it’s time to plate up. Laying it down on a bad of lemon slices will not only keep everything intact and provide an easy clean up (everyone hates cleaning grills), but the lemon will infuse into the fish giving it a subtle lemon flavor.
Get more juice from your lemon
If you like more juice from your lemon try this fantastic little trick. To maximize the amount of juice, roll the lemon on a kitchen counter and apply some firm pressure. This should help burst some of the tiny juice-filled beads. If this sounds like too much work, pop it in the microwave for a minute or two instead.
Prevent potatoes from turning brown
Potatoes and cauliflower tend to turn brown when boiling, especially when you’re having friends for dinner. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into the cooking water.
Lemon twists and ice cubes!
Brighten your drinks by putting twists of the peel into ice cubes. Perfect for summer parties. Use a vegetable peeler or knife to make long strips, cutting away from the white pith which can be quite bitter. Again, these can be frozen.
Lemon water can reduce phlegm, and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma. The vitamin C in lemons can also help with long-term respiratory disorders. Lemon is also antibacterial and can help get rid of any germs inhabiting in your throat.
Now some more tips for lemons in the home:
Get rid of bad smell from your hands
If you’ve been chopping onions or garlic, the smell may linger on your hands for hours afterwards. Banish any smells before they have time to settle by rubbing a slice of lemon over your hands and washing with soapy water. Just be careful not to go over any small cuts
Clean your microwave
Is the inside of your microwave caked with bits of hardened food? You can give it a good cleaning without scratching the surface with harsh cleansers or using a lot of elbow grease.
Follow these 5 step instructions to remove stuck-on food and grease from the inside of your mircowave:
- Pour half a cup of water into a small microwaveable bowl
- Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl
- Drop the lemon halves into the bowl too
- Microwave for 3 minutes or until the water boils
- Leave the bowl to stand for 5 minutes without opening the door
If you can’t clean any stubborn spots, just use the lemon water and sponge to clean them away. Your microwave will be clean and lemon fresh.
Keep insects out of the kitchen
You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windows. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.
Clean Cutting Boards
Cutting boards and other wooden kitchen products are germ, and funky smell, hotbeds. Lemons is the best solution here. The stuff works very well on both odors and bacteria. This is what you need to do: after you’ve washed your cutting board, rub 1/2 of a lemon over the wood and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the juice off and dry.
Polish Chrome and Stainless Steel.
Replace harsh, chemical-filled cleaners with a natural, lemon-based one. Forget that sponge, lemon rinds are excellent mild abrasives and work wonders of chrome and stainless steel. Scrub the metal, rinse, and towel dry then finish with a rinse of cold water.
Lemon’s fragrance can quickly eliminate nasty smells in your house. Start by boiling lemons to make your own, toxin-free air freshener! Leave lemons on the stove for several hours and slowly the good smells will diffuse throughout the air. If your kitchen is the issue, try putting lemon peels down your garbage disposal and rubbing lemon on wooden cooking items to get rid of lingering smells.
Make a scented humidifier.
If your home suffers from dry heat in the winter, you can put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on the lowest stove-top setting to humidify and scent the air. This is one of my favorite uses for lemon peels, especially during the holidays.
Deodorize the garbage disposal.
Use lemon peels to deodorize the garbage disposal and bring that amazing citrus smell to your kitchen. Fake lemon cleaners have nothing on the real thing. Simply put a peel or two down the disposal, flip the switch on, and done.