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20 Brilliant And Unexpected Things You Can Do With A Lemon

When life gives you lemons, here are 20 different ways to use them. Take that, life!

It seems like I’ve written a lot about lemons over the years, but I just can’t help myself! Not only do I love the flavor of lemon in food and desserts, but I’ve found that lemons are incredibly useful too! Lemons are an ingredient in many of my homemade cleaning solutions, because they can naturally sanitize, deodorize, whiten, and brighten all sorts of objects and surfaces around your house. So in order to help spread the word about this highly useful fruit, I’ve put together a list of 20 of my favorite ways to use lemons. By the end of this list, you’ll see just how much this little citrus fruit can do!

20 Brilliant Ways To Use Lemons

1. Make Dried Lemon Peels

Dried lemon peels are easy to make at home! Use them in recipes, or to make cleaners and homemade beauty products. The peel of the lemon contains oils that are packed with lemon scent and flavor, and you can keep dried lemon peels in your fridge to use for up to a year!

Related: How To Make And Use Dried Lemon Peel

2. Fade Age Spots

Use a lemon to whip up a homemade treatment for skin discolorations! Lemon juice has natural lightening properties which can help reduce the appearance of age spots and sun spots. Get the full recipe at the link below.

Related: How To Fade Age Spots With Just 4 Natural Ingredients

3. Make Your Shower Door Shine

Glass shower doors are like magnets for hard water stains and stubborn soap scum. Use a lemon to help you scrub them clean! Dip half a lemon into a small dish of kosher salt, and get scrubbing. Then stand back and admire the shine!

4. Dust Your House

Gather some lemon peels and some white vinegar, and whip up a batch of your own reusable dusting cloths. You’ll love the way they cut through dust and grime, as well as the invigorating lemon scent they leave behind! Get the super simple instructions below.

Related: How To Make Your Own Reusable Lemon Dust Cloths

5. Make Cleaning Vinegar

I love to clean with vinegar. It’s actually one of my favorite natural cleaning agents, but I know a lot of people don’t like the smell. So I created a scented cleaning vinegar that you can use to clean almost anything! Just grab some lemons and a jug of vinegar, and follow the easy steps below.

Related: How To Make Scented Cleaning Vinegar

6. Eliminate Fridge Odors

Use a lemon to absorb lingering odors in your refrigerator. Soak a sponge or cotton ball in some fresh lemon juice, and place it in your fridge for several hours to absorb those odors.

7. Remove Permanent Marker Stains

With the help of lemons, it IS possible to remove permanent marker stains! You can use a mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar to remove or treat permanent marker stains on fabric or upholstery. (Get more tips on removing permanent markers stains by reading the post below.)

Related: 19 Surprising Ways To Remove Permanent Marker And Save The Day

8. Whiten Your Clothes

Lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide are the two main components in the recipe for my homemade bleach alternative. This all-natural mixture is great for whitening whites and removing stains. Get the full recipe below!

Related: How To Make A Simple, Natural Alternative To Bleach

9. Keep Bugs Out

Use lemon juice to repel pesky insects in your home! Squeeze some lemon juice into holes and cracks where you see ants coming in, and they’ll avoid the area in the future.

10. Clean Your Kitchen

Use lemons to make two homemade cleaners at once – an enzyme cleaning spray and a scrub! I use this enzyme scrub all the time on my sink, and it works like a charm! My sink is left looking clean and sparkling, and it smells so fresh, too! Get all the details and plenty of photos at the link below.

Related: Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner And Scrub

11. Freshen Your Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal is smelling a little funky, there’s a super simple way to clean it! Just pour white vinegar into an ice cube mold, and drop a small chunk of lemon into each section. Freeze the tray, then drop a few of the frozen vinegar cubes into your running garbage disposal. The ice will help keep the blades sharp and clean, and the lemon helps to deodorize the disposal. Repeat the process once a week or so to keep things smelling fresh.

Related: How To Naturally Clean And Sanitize Your Garbage Disposal

12. Wash Your Veggies

Use lemon juice to clean your fresh fruits and vegetables. Just add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 8 ounces of water, and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray your fruits and veggies, let them sit for a few minutes, and then rinse them thoroughly with cold water.

13. Get Silky Smooth Legs

Lemon juice is a component in my homemade exfoliating scrub for super soft legs. It’s great to use right before you shave, and it will help combat dry and itchy skin during the winter. If you’ve never tried this before, I highly recommend it! You won’t believe how silky smooth your legs feel. 🙂

Related: How To Make A Simple Exfoliating Scrub For Your Smoothes Legs Ever

14. Clear Up Blackheads

Lemon juice can help you get rid of pesky blackheads, and even out your skin tone in the process! Apply a simple mixture of lemon juice, baking soda, and honey and give your pores a good steam, then gently remove the remaining blackheads for clear, glowing skin. Get the full details on this treatment below!

Related: How To Use 3 Simple Ingredients To Banish Your Blackheads

15. Eliminate Garbage Can Odors

Save leftover lemon peels to eliminate odors from your garbage can! After you take a full bag out of the trash, place a handful of lemon peels at the bottom of the can, then put your new trash bag in. The lemon peels will help keep your garbage can smelling fresh and clean.

16. Heal Cracked Heels

If you struggle with dry, cracked heels, a lemon can provide relief! Just remove the flesh out of one half of a lemon, then place the empty “shell” on your heel. Put a sock on to hold the lemon in place, and leave it for 30 minutes. The acid in the lemon juice will help slough off dead skin cells, leaving softer, smoother skin behind. Get more details below.

Related: A Simple Solution For Cracked Heels

17. Make Your House Smell Amazing

During the cold winter months, I love mixing up potpourri to make my house smell warm and inviting. It’s an easy way to fill your house with the scents of the season! Check out the link below to get the recipe for a lemon-rosemary potpourri… mmm!

Related: My Favorite Simmering Potpourri Recipes

18. Keep Guacamole Fresh

Lemon juice can help you keep avocado fresh for a couple of days in the fridge. Squeeze half a lemon over guacamole or smashed avocado, then press a sheet of plastic wrap onto the surface. It’ll stay green and fresh, at least for a day or two!

19. Clean A Stained Cutting Board

I thought my stained plastic cutting boards were beyond saving, until I found this amazing trick! Using lemon and good old fashioned sunshine, you can lift those unsightly stains right out of your white cutting boards. Get the details below!

Related: How To Remove Stubborn Stains From Plastic Cutting Boards

20. Treat Dandruff

Treat annoying dandruff with the help of fresh lemon juice. Massage 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp, then rinse. Repeat the process daily until your dandruff disappears.

21. Bonus Tip! – Storing Lemons

I’ll leave you with one last lemon tip. Ever wondered how to prolong the life of your lemons? A reader suggested storing them in a jar of water in your fridge! We gave it a try, and it kept our lemons good for about a week longer than storing them on the counter. Smart!

Related: “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – Part Six


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