50 Ways To Use A Lemon

50 Ways to Use a Lemon

Lemons are an amazing fruit.  They are cheap (often go on sale for 4/$1) and very versatile.  I always make sure I have a few on hand. Here are some of my favorite ways to use a lemon as well as a few tips on purchasing, storing, and juicing. There are a few tools I recommend keeping on hand: a citrus zester & a citrus juicer. Citrus juicers come in many different styles. The type you purchase depends on how often & how much juice you will need. I prefer the press because it is very easy for the boys to use and they love helping in the kitchen.

50 Ways to Use a Lemon

Using Lemons for Beauty

  • Soak clean fingernails in lemon juice for a coupon minutes to brighten.
  • Use lemon juice as a natural astringent for cleaner, tighter pores.
  • Add subtle highlights to your hair for less than $1!  Simply mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1/2 cup of water and apply to your hair.  Stay in direct sunlight for about 2 hours (don't forget the sunscreen).
  • Massage lemon juice into your scalp to help remove dandruff flakes. Leave for 10 minutes and then shampoo & condition as usual.
  • Rough elbows?  Cut a lemon in half, add a few drops of baby oil to each half, place your elbows into the lemon & tape on for 30 minutes.
  • Mix lemon juice with salt for a natural exfoliant paste.
  • Lemon juice makes a great natural deodorant.  Rub a little lemon juice on & allow to dry.  Apply cornstarch to help keep dry.
  • Rinse your hair with 1/2 cup lemon juice & 1 1/2 cup water to remove product buildup & for a healthy shine.
  • Dab lemon juice on acne to help dry it out.
  • Mix lemon juice & cucumber juice in equal amounts. Apply to your face & leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water & pat draw.  Apply 2 to 3 times per week to help lighten scars.

Cleaning with Lemons

  • Add lemon juice to baking soda water for cleaning out the fridge.  It helps kill bacteria & remove odors.
  • Dip half a lemon into salt and use to scrub stainless steel & copper to bring to a like-new shine (great step to add to shining your sink).
  • Use lemon juice, diluted in a cup of water, to clean windows. Wipe with newspaper for streak-free glass.
  • Rub durable fabrics with a salt & lemon juice paste to remove strains. Delicate fabrics can be soaked in lemon juice then washed.
  • Ditch the bleach & use lemon juice instead! Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your whites to remove stains & brighten.
  • Mix lemon juice with borax into a paste and apply it with a brush or sponge to the inside of the toilet. Leave it for 2 hours and then scrub to remove rust stains.
  • Add to vinegar in your favorite homemade cleanser to neutralize the vinegar smell.
  • Grind lemon rind in the garbage disposal to freshen the drain. No garbage disposal?  Pour a little lemon juice down.
  • Tough laundry stains?  Brush lemon juice directly onto the stain and hang in the sun.
  • Mix lemon juice with baking soda & scrub counter-top stains. Make sure to rinse thoroughly and don't let sit for more than 5 minutes.

Lemons in the Kitchen

  • Revive droopy lettuce by soaking in ice water & 1 Tbsp lemon juice.
  • Add a little lemon juice to poached fish for whiter, firmer fish.
  • Berry stains?  Rinse your hands with a little lemon juice to help pull the color.
  • Provide finger bowls with water & lemon slices for guests to rinse their fingers when eating messy foods at a dinner party.
  • Use in marinades. Its as an effective as vinegar but lends a citrus flavor.
  • When lemons go on sale, stock up!  Juice them & freeze in ice cube trays. Store frozen lemon juice cubes in a freezer bag. Defrost when you need lemon juice for a recipe.
  • Simmer lemon peel in a pot of water on the stove to remove odors in the air. Great for cooking strong-smelling foods (did this while I was pregnant so I was able to cook).
  • Add a tsp of lemon juice to milk and let sit for 15 minutes. Use in recipes when you do not have buttermilk on hand.
  • Cut a lemon in half & rub both sides of your cheese grate with the pulpy side of the lemon to remove soft cheeses that refuse to come off.
  • Add a couple drops of lemon juice to rice to keep it from sticking to the pot.

Medicinal Uses for Lemon

  • Lemon juice for a hangover? YES! It helps re-balance your pH levels, replaces vitamin C, and re-hydrates   Add a little to hot tea or water.
  • Mix the juice from 1 lemon with 1/4 cup of hot water. Swish for 60 seconds & spit. Then gargle for 60 seconds to help shrink swollen tissue & kill bacteria.
  • Rinse you mouth three times a day with lemon water to help heal a canker sore.
  • Drink 2 Tbsp lemon juice in a glass of warm water every morning to help regulate your digestive system.
  • Drink hot tea (or water) with a tsp lemon juice & a tsp honey to help soothe a sore throat & kill bacteria.
  • Soak a tea bag in lemon juice & apply to insect bites to remove the sting, itchiness, and reduce the swelling FAST!
  • Rub a lemon slice over your teeth and tongue to freshen breath. Use sparingly as lemons used frequently can cause erosion of the enamel.
  • Mix lemon juice and olive oil. Apply to eczema prone skin to easily remove damaged skin & soften eczema-hardened skin.
  • Lemon has been shown to increase concentration & alertness.  Score a lemon & rub the oil onto a handkerchief to inhale before stressful situations.
  • Make a lemon poultice by slicing a lemon and applying overnight to corns and calluses.

Miscellaneous Uses & Tips

  • Add lemon juice to mop solution for a natural insect repellent.
  • Use lemon juice to clean around windows, doors, and other areas insects might enter the house to deter insects from entering.
  • Add lemon juice to your humidifier to cut down on odors in the home.
  • Invisible ink!  Use a cotton swab to write on a piece of paper with lemon juice. To read, hold near a light bulb & the “ink” will show up.
  • Warm a lemon in the microwave for 30 seconds to help release more juice.
  • Pierce a lemon before you start to juice it to help prevent uncontrolled squirting.
  • Never freeze a whole lemon. The juice sacs will burst.
  • Only need the juice for something?  Grate the bright yellow zest and freeze in a small resealable bag for later.
  • Store lemons at room temperature when you are going to juice them.  Loosely wrap & store in the fridge to keep longer.
  • The juiciest lemons are small and feel heavy for their size.

What's your favorite way to use a lemon?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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