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15 Household Uses for Lemons

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When life gives you lemons, do way more than make lemonade! Check out these great household uses for all the lemons in your fridge.

  1. Decontaminate your smelly cutting board. Rub a half a lemon (don’t rinse) over the wood to detox it!
  2. Bug spray. Keep your kitchen bug free by adding a little lemon juice or a rind to your floor-cleaning bucket. No more bugs!
  3. The perfect manicure. Rubbing a lemon peel on your nails will whiten and clean them.
  4. Grind it up. Use a half a lemon in your garbage disposal and grind it to make your sink smell squeaky clean.
  5. No more blackheads. Squirt a little honey on a half of lemon and rub it on your face. Let the honey-lemon sit on your skin for about ten minutes before rinsing.
  6. Bright and shiny. Use lemon water to brighten and shine most metals, including copper, chrome, and aluminum.
  7. Deodorize the fridge. Dip a paper towel into fresh-squeezed lemon juice and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours. Goodbye, stinky fridge!
  8. Remove paint. Lemon is highly acidic, and can remove paint from almost any hard surface, such as glass. It will also remove built up paint on paintbrushes.
  9. Two for one. Clean your aluminum pot and freshen the whole house at the same time. Simmer two lemons’ worth of slices in water for about a hour. Super clean pot and lemon fresh house, all at once!
  10. Happy and healthy. Lemon water has been known to help detox your body, help with asthma symptoms, and help to wake you up in the AM without caffeine.
  11. Straight, no ice. Lemon juice will help brighten your teeth and make your breath super fresh. Just take a sip right from the bottle. Also a cure for a sore throat!
  12. Delicate whites. Keep your delicate clothes a bright white with a little lemon juice in your washer. For really bad stains, soak the clothing in lemon water before washing. No bleach needed!
  13. Bright and shyny!  Rub a cut lemon on your faucets to make them bright and shiny!  This will remove lime scale and hard water stains.
  14. Burn it up. Next time you use your fireplace, add a few lemon peels to the flames. It will freshen the whole chimney to keep that smokey smell from hanging around the house.
  15. Clean hands. Rub your hands with a little lemon after cutting fish, onions, or anything else that sticks around. No more smell!

 OR!!  Make delicious Homemade Strawberry Lemonade!

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  1. Thanks for the tips…I usually freeze used lemons halves and put them in the garbage disposal it freshens and sharpens the blades.

  2. Thanks for the tips! I LOVE lemons!

    I’ve read that lemons aren’t good for your teeth and will strip enamel, how can I do #11 without hurting my teeth?

    1. I seen where you can use a banana peel rub the inside of peel on your teeth and it will whiten them, not as much acid to eat the enamel.

  3. Yippee. It worked! My aluminum kitchen cookware, utensils, etc.
    lookbrand new after getting their hot lemon bath. ladies…do not
    put aluminum things in the dishwasher. They turn an ugly black/grey.
    Thank you for posting these useful hints.