Lemons are a great way to add flavor to drinks or foods, but they have a plethora of other uses. We recommend buying lemons at discount stores and big bulk stores to get the most bang for your buck. Remember that lemons have a very thick skin, so they aren’t a fruit that benefits from being grown organically. As long as you aren’t eating the lemon skin (and who is?), you won’t get any of the pesticides. After all, a bag of lemons can go a long way once you start utilizing the tart fruit in other areas of the home.
Other Great Uses for Lemons
- Remove odors from hands. Remove the smell of kitchen odors with lemons by rubbing your fingertips on a quarter portion of a lemon. The acidity will break down the residue left on your fingers which give off a fishy odor after adding a crust to salmon or smell musty after chopping onions. A simple rub of lemon juice will remove the scent.
- Run it through the garbage disposal. Take half of a lemon and cut it up. Run it through the garbage disposal to get rid of any funky smells that are lingering in the area near the disposal. This is a useful trick that can be used as many times as you want throughout the week or month. It’s natural and won’t clog up the disposal, as long as you remove the skin!
- Run it through the microwave. If the kids are having too much fun burning popcorn in the microwave, get rid of the rancid smell by chopping up a lemon and soaking it in water. Put this concoction in the microwave and set it for about 30 seconds to a minute. The heat and acidity from the lemon will cut the smell in the microwave substantially, or it will get rid of it altogether.
- Clean up the house. A blend of equal parts three parts water, three parts lemon juice and one part vinegar is a great way to cut through grease, grime and works as an all-purpose cleaner for bathrooms. This formula can also be used for windows and mirrors when wiped clean with newspaper (trust us, it works!). Make a few batches for the house and you’ll find yourself skipping the price cleaning products at the store. This is an all-natural formula that is safe to use around babies and children. Once your kids are around seven or eight, you can even put them to work to help with a few easy chores around the house. When they’re using this homemade cleaning product, you’ll feel safe about putting your little one to wipe down the kitchen table.
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