In recent years, it’s become popular to add a wedge of lemon to a glass of water, especially in restaurants. Other people mix lemon with water to drink, or gargle in order to soothe an irritated throat.
As with other multipurpose items – duct tape, baby powder, vinegar, baking soda, rubber bands and rubber gloves – lemon can serve us in a wide variety of ways. It’s a good idea to keep a bottle of lemon juice handy, as well as plenty of whole lemons you can grab at a moment’s notice.
Let’s take a look at some of those uses.
- Baking soda isn’t the only thing that can remove bad smells in your refrigerator. Pouring some lemon juice on a sponge and leaving it in the fridge overnight can also do the trick.
- Cut a lemon in half and use the cut side to rub on your cutting board. It will help rid your board of smells from onions, garlic and whatever else you’ve cut on it, and can also clean the board.
- Bugs don’t like the smell of lemon, which is good for us. Squirt a small amount on windowsills, doorways, cracks and anywhere else you think ants, roaches or other bugs might be getting in.
- Lemon juice can also be an effective stain remover, whether it’s a surface in your home or your hands. It has proven effective against stains caused by berries and tomato-based products.
- Clothes that have been packed away for a while can be stained with mildew. Apply a paste composed of lemon juice and salt, then rub it on the affected area. Dry those clothes in the sunlight and repeat if necessary.
- Some vegetables tend to turn brown when you’re cooking them, including cauliflower. In order to keep them white or whatever their natural color is, squeeze a teaspoon of lemon juice on them before heating.
- Even fruit that looks good might have some invisible, nasty stuff on it, including pesticides. Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice into a water spray bottle and use this natural disinfectant to clean that fruit.
- If your laundry detergent needs a bit of a boost, pour one cup of lemon juice into your washer during the wash cycle. Not only will it treat tough stains, but will leave your clothes smelling fresher.
- If you have any old brass or chrome items that have seen better days, don’t give up on their appearance. Apply a lemon juice and salt paste to a tarnished area, scrub it and rinse. Dry the area with a soft cloth.
- Are bad odors coming from your fireplace? Next time it happens, toss a few lemon peels into the fire.
Lemon can do so much more than clean and deodorize. It’s also good for your personal use – both external and internal. Following are some ways you can use it to improve your appearance and health.
- Lemon helps control high blood pressure because of its potassium content. It can also help reduce asthma, dizziness and nausea. It’s also said to pick us up when we need a mood elevation.
- Because lemon is a diuretic, it aids in the production of urine, which can help us avoid kidney stones. This process also aids in flushing out bacteria and toxins, which reduces inflammation, which in turn can provide relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
- The everyday cuts and scrapes we suffer can be treated with lemon juice. Just apply a few drops of the juice directly on the minor injury and the natural healing process will begin.
- Some people like to use lemon for digestive issues. Mix it with warm water and drink it. It will also help to purify your blood.
- Apply lemon juice directly on liver spots, freckles and blackheads, let it sit for 20 minutes or so, then rinse it clean.