Yesterday I shared Laura Ingalls Wilder's recipe for Real Homemade Lemonade. Today I'm going to share a list of some other uses for lemons.
Why all of the lemony talk? Because tomorrow we're going to all gather round my comment box and Keep It Real (inspired by this post here). Please be sure to come back and join us! In the meantime take a look at my lemons, see which is your favorite, and then please cast your vote in the poll on my sidebar.
A week ago the world was seeing "green." This week I want to to look at just how "green" yellow can be by exploring the myriad of ways that you can replace many household cleaners, beauty supplies, etc... with the all-natural, economical, multipurpose lemon. There are a million different uses for lemons and just as many web sites listing those uses. Here is my compilation to add to those millions.
Around The House
1.) Citrus Vinegar- Place the peels (white pulp removed) from your lemonade into a quart sized jar. Fill with vinegar and allow to sit for a couple weeks, occasionally shaking. Remove peels. Use it to clean your oven. Spray onto soiled areas and allow to sit for 2 hours before wiping clean. You can also dilute citrus vinegar in water to mop your floors for a more pleasant smelling alternative to mopping with just vinegar and water. (It also will act as a disinfectant!)
2.) Brighten your laundry by adding lemon juice, an all natural bleach alternative, to your wash.
3.) Use on your laundry to remove rust and mildew stains.
4.) Freshen your air by slicing a lemon. Alternately, you could simmer it on the stove with (or without) some cloves. - Obviously not as frugal of choice as you are using electricity.
5.) Lemon juice works as an insect repellant, particularly for ants. Sprinkle some in your hot spots or wash your floors with the citrus vinegar from #1. (I can't wait to try this! We get ants very bad and an exterminator costs a fortune!)
6.) Scale deposits? Substitute lemon juice for CLR or Lime Away. Soak the area for up to several hours and then wash away.
7.) Clean your shower with lemon juice in the same manner as in #6. Difficult areas can be scrubbed with a paste made from the juice and either salt or baking soda.
In The Kitchen
8.) Stop the oxidation process on fruits and vegetables by sprinkling with lemon juice. This works particularly well with apples, pears, and potatoes.
9.) Remove stains from your countertop or cutting board by making a paste with baking soda or salt.
10.) After you make lemonade, throw the rinds down the garbage disposal and freshen it up.
11.) Combine 1 T. lemon juice per 1 cup of milk and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Use as a substitute for buttermilk.
12.) Remove offensive kitchen odors such as onion, garlic, or fish from your hands.
13.) Add a few teaspoons of lemon juice to the water when cooking rice. This should prevent sticking.
14.) Clean your metal with a lemon juice/baking soda paste.
15.) Keep a peel in with your brown sugar to keep the sugar soft.
16.) Place a lemon half in the refrigerator (or anywhere stinky) to remove odors.
17.) Place small slices in the trays when you make ice cubes.
18.) Old Fashioned Tips has some fantastic looking recipes for ice tea that I can't wait to try, many of which include lemons.
Health & Beauty
19.) Detoxify your liver and gallbladder by adding lemon to your water.
20.) Gargle with lemon water to alleviate a sore throat.
21.) Works as a cough suppressant when you combine lemon juice and honey- take one tablespoon as needed.
22.) Soak yellow nails to stregthen and brighten, then dip in vinegar water to rinse.
23.) Topically apply to soothe a poison ivy rash.
24.) To stop bleeding and use as an antibacterial treatment, apply to minor cuts and scrapes.
25.) Mix with water to soothe a sunburn. (I like this much better than the vinegar my husband uses! It's so difficult to sleep when you're smelling vinegar.)
26.) Aromatherapy- the smell of lemons is sure to lift your spirits.
27.) Use as an antiseptic. Lemons can kill mold, bacteria, and germs.
28.) Remove dead skin cells by using the fruit acids in lemons to loosen the cells before washing your face.
30.) Kim C. at Life in a Shoe has been using it as hair conditioner for the past several months.
32.) Lemon juice works as a coagulant. To control nosebleeds, dab a bit of lemon juice inside of your nose.
33.) Boost your metabolism. The acid in lemons helps to burn up your food in your stomach.
35.) Stonewall Jackson used to eat lemons because he felt that they aided with his indigestion. Turns out he was onto something. Lemons prevent bacterial growth thereby inhibiting acids from forming.
36.) Lemon battery
39.) Invisible ink
I need a # 40! What do you use lemons for (besides lemonade)? Is there something that I omitted from this list that I should add? Please share your sour tips with us!
40.) From Mrs. Querido, "you can also use lemon and baking soda to whiten your teeth! It's fun because the acid foams when it meets up with the baking soda. A DIY frugal teeth whitener :)"
Thanks to Mrs. Querido for this fantastic idea! I love that we pregnant or breastfeeding mothers now have a teeth whitening option that won't harm our babies. This is such a budget friendly idea.
But just because I have #40 doesn't mean that my search for lemon uses has ended. If anyone else has more fantastic ideas like this one please share.