Lemons have made themselves at home in your home by yielding delicious, fresh lemonade. They may also have found usefulness in certain baked-goods recipes and served as an aromatic addition to your favorite potpourri. There are, however, a great number of “other” uses of this fruit that may surprise you. A dozen other things that lemon juice can function as are listed below.
- Finger nail solution: Just soak your cuticles in lemon juice for a few minutes, and you will be astounded at how well it rids them of that dull, yellowish tint.
- A preservative: Added to a little water, lemon juice can keep those potatoes, apples, pears, etc. from browning.
- Garbage disposal deodorizer: Pour a little lemon juice into the drain or throw some chopped-up lemon peels into the garbage disposal, and you will soon notice an aroma instead of an unpleasant odor emanating from your sink.
- Back-up body deodorant: Slice a lemon in half, rub it under your arm, and you will kill most of the odor-causing bacteria that reside there.
- Insect repellent: Many bugs can’t stand the smell of lemon. Use it to clean your windows and furniture. Pour lemon juice into cracks and crevices through which insects might be tempted to enter your house. You will keep many of those pesky critters outside where they belong.
- Glass and fabric cleanser: The power of lemon can often leave glass sparkling like never before. It can also often remove tough stains in clothes that other cleansers can’t touch.
- Throat-soothing tea: Lemon tea can help to drive away sore, swollen throat conditions by killing harmful bacteria. You can also just gargle with lemon water to accomplish the same thing.
- Toilet cleaner: Mixed with borax, lemon can help loosen up those tough, rusty stains on your toilet so that they can be thoroughly scrubbed away.
- Health tonic: Lemon boosts your metabolism and thus can help you live healthier and lose extra weight.
- Rice additive: Add a little lemon juice to rice as it boils. This will prevent it from sticking so easily to the sides of the pot and make your clean-up job that much easier.
- Bleach alternative: Throw fresh lemon juice into your next load of whites, and they will come out of the washing machine looking brighter. The effect is even greater if you opt to sun dry your laundry.
- Skin treatment: Applied to the skin, lemon has properties that will remove oils and strip away your outermost layer of dead skin cells. It can also help contain and soothe itchy skin rashes.
Lemon is a highly multi-functional fruit whose juice is useful in a great diversity of ways. Learning how to more fully use common household items, like lemons, can save you money. Since lemons are 100 percent natural, you will also be able to gain valuable health benefits from many of the lemon’s uses. Like so many of God’s good gifts to mankind, the lemon is an extraordinarily helpful and flexible product.