We all know lemons are delicious, adding a citrusy kick to everything from salad dressings to cocktails. And the laundry list of health benefits is seriously impressive – not only does the fruit contain antibacterial properties that cleanse the kidneys and liver and strengthen your immune system, but it offers a hefty dose of vitamin C and antioxidants that fight free-radicals and help keep you looking younger.
Health booster: Get in the habit of starting the day with a cup of hot water and lemon – it’ll kick start your metabolism and get your morning off to a healthy start!
Everyone loves the scent of freshly cut lemons. Great on salads, zested over pasta, or squeezed over vegetables prior to serving, lemons are a versatile culinary ingredient. Here are 25 other ideas for lemons from the domestic to the mysterious.
Cut up lemon peels and put them along windowsills and cracks where insects may be sneaking in from outside. They don’t like lemons so they’ll go bug someone else.
Mix 1 tbsp. of olive oil with 2 tsp. of lemon juice for a killer shoe shine.
Cut lemons in half and place them (cut side up) in small, decorative dishes around the house.
Simmer water, lemon peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins in a cast-iron pot or bowl for a steamy air freshener.
Messages written with lemon juice can be developed by applying heat with a hairdryer.
Squeeze a bit of lemon juice into a small, warm glass of water. Swish around your mouth for 30 seconds and swallow.
Put half of a lemon in the garbage disposal. Run warm water for a few seconds and then the disposal. Leave the slightly chopped lemon in the disposal overnight. Finish running the disposal the next day.
Microwave 1 cup of water with ¼ cup of squeezed lemon juice for 5 minutes. The lemon-y steam will loosen up grease and grime for an easier wipe down.
Rub half a lemon on a clean face. Leave on for 20 minutes. Stay out of the sun though, lemons enhance sun sensitivity.
Mix 2 tbsp. of vinegar, 1 tbsp. of lemon juice and 1 cup of water to create an inexpensive and natural veggie and fruit wash.
Rub lemon juice on the wart daily until it vanishes.
Put fresh lemons in a vase for a bright and cheerful centerpiece.
Rub half a juiced lemon over your cutting board after it’s been washed to remove stains and sanitize.
Juice half a lemon into a small bowl of water and soak your fingernails for 10 minutes. Rinse with vinegar and voila, brighter nails.
Add 3 tbsp. of lemon juice to a load of wash for stain-free laundry whitening.
Rinse just-conditioned hair with 2 tbsp. of lemon juice and 3 cups of water for a cleaner and grease-free rinse.
Soothe on contact by gently rubbing the cut side of a juiced lemon on the sunburned areas.
Squeeze eight lemons into a gallon jar, add ¾ cup of sugar and stir well.
Dab a bit of lemon juice on age spots for a few consecutive days for quick lightening.
Mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice for natural and effective furniture polish.
The scent of a fresh lemon can be an anti-depressant. Try keeping a fresh lemon at your desk or taking a bite into half a lemon—that’ll wake ya up.
Rub half a lemon on stainless steel, leave for a few minutes and then rinse.
Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and put in the back of the fridge for some intense freshening.
Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to cooking rice to prevent rice-on-rice sticking.
Add sliced lemons to your water for a boost of vitamin C that will pump up your immune system and support proper digestion.