Lemons are one of the best fruits on the planet. Its consumption offers plenty of healthy benefits. They abound with vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, protein, and flavonoids, which consist of antioxidant and anti-cancer ingredients.
Nowadays, most people are aware of lemon’s healthy benefits, and thus consume lemon juices, lemon water, or prepare a lemon salad dressing. However, there are many different other uses of lemons in your house.
Here is a list of sixty lemon and lemon peel uses around your home:
Conceal Unpleasant Smells
Garbage disposal: Make ice cubes of lemon slices and vinegar and put few of them in your garbage disposal for removing odors.
Fridge: Remove the unpleasant smell from your fridge with a sponge soaked in lemon juice. Just put the sponge in the fridge and leave it there for a couple of hours.
Air freshener: Just put some water, lemon peels, cinnamon sticks, and cloves in a pot and bring to a simmer.
Humidifier: If you have a humidifier machine in your home put lemon juice in the water for air freshening.
Breathe: Drink lemon water for freshening your breath, then drink plain water.
Rubbish bin: Remove odor by putting some lemon peels in the bin.
Fireplace: You can start or kindle the flame or freshen up the smell by putting some lemon peels in your fireplace. Note that the peels should be peeled a couple of days earlier before their usage.
Hands: Just add some lemon juice to your regular washing hands routine and the odors will disappear.
Furniture polisher: Make your own homemade furniture polisher by mixing lemon juice, lemon oil, and jojoba/olive oil.
Microwave: Mix water, lemon slices and lemon juice in a bowl and put it into the microwave. Then, run the machine for 3 minutes.
Windows: Make your own window cleaner by mixing water, lemon juice, vinegar, and cornstarch, and remove grease and stains from your windows.
Faucet and shower: Remove hard water stains from your faucet and shower and make them shine by simply rubbing half a lemon on them.
Chopping boards: Freshen up and remove grease from your cutting board by sparkling it with coarse salt and then rubbing with a cut lemon.
Coffee machine: First run the machine with plain water and then add water mixed with lemon juice. Keep it for a while and then run it again. Repeat the procedure one more time.
Marble rust stains: Sprinkle marble with baking soda and then add some lemon juice. Scrub the stains, then wipe with a wet cloth.
Brass and copper polisher: First, mix equal amounts of lemon juice and vinegar. Then, apply on these metals with a paper towel. At the end, wipe with a soft cloth until it is dried.
Silverware polisher: Mix 1 ½ cup of water, ½ cup instant dry milk, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Soak your silverware in this mixture and leave it to stay overnight, then wash and dry.
Dish soap: Enhance the strength of your dish soap by adding a teaspoon of lemon juice in it.
Containers: Remove stains by rubbing a cut lemon and leave them dry in the sun.
Toilet: Remove stains from your toilet by adding ½ cup lemon juice, and scrubbing after a while.
Drains: If you want to remove all of the accumulated matter in your drains just pour boiling water, then ½ box baking soda, and 8 to 12 ounces of lemon juice at the end.
Shower doors: Get rid of water stains by rubbing ½ lemon previously dipped in baking soda, then wash and dry with a towel.
Cheese graters: If you don’t want to ruin your sponge you can remove grease by rubbing ½ lemon.
Kitchen or bathroom cleaner: Mix water, vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and lemon oil in order to make an all-purpose cleaner for your kitchen or bathroom.
Hardwood floor: Make a natural cleaner that is toxic-free and fights against grime by mixing vinegar and lemon juice.
Bleach: Soak white linens in hot water mixed with lemon juice, then rinse and wash as you regularly do. Or, add ½ cup of lemon juice to your washing machine.
Remove spots: Put lemon juice on the spots and add some salt. Then, rub, wash and dry in sun for better results.
Mildew spots: Make a paste out of salt and lemon juice, apply it on the mildew spots, and dry in the sun.
Grease spots: Apply a mixture of vinegar and lemon juice to the spot, keep it for a while and then wash.
Fruits and vegetables: Stop browning by cutting the fruits and vegetables and putting them into a lemon water.
Lettuce: Soak limp lettuce into a cold water with lemon juice from half a lemon. Keep it in the fridge for one hour, and then dry the lettuce leaves.
Rice: To prevent the rice sticking, cook the rice with a tablespoon added to the water. When it is done, fluff with a fork.
Ice cubes: For getting a tasty flavored drink, add some slices of lemon in the ice trays.
Marinade: For marinating meat add lemon juice to your favorite herbs and oils.
Buttermilk: Make a substitute for buttermilk by adding lemon juice (2 tablespoons) to milk (1 cup). Then, leave it for 15 minutes.
Sour cream: Substitute sour cream by adding lemon juice to a whipped cream. Then, leave it for 30 minutes.
Hair: Lighten your hair by using lemon juice mixed with either almond or coconut oil. Apply the mixture to your hair before going out in the sun.
Fading freckles: Put some lemon juice on a cotton pad and swab your freckles.
Skin brightener: Again, mix a couple of drops of lemon juice with coconut oil and apply on your skin.
Nail whitener: Mix lemon juice with olive oil and soak your nails in this mixture.
Dandruff: Apply lemon juice (2 tablespoons) on your scalp and massage. Then, wash with lemon water.
Acne: Apply lemon juice to your face twice a day. Keep it for 10 minutes and wash with cold water.
Exfoliator: Mix sugar, olive oil, honey, and lemon juice. Then, scrub your face with this mixture.
Digestion and Immunity: Drink lemon water for relieving indigestion and to boost your immune system.
Sore throat: Make a gargle with lemon water for alleviating a sore throat.
Canker: Make a gargle with lemon juice and a cup of hot water speeding up the process of cancer sores healing.
Rashes: Relieve skin rashes soaking a cotton pad in lemon juice. Then, apply to your skin.
Insect bites: Alleviate swelling and itching caused by insect bites by using lemon juice.
Coughs: Reduce the symptoms of a cough by drinking hot lemon water with honey.
Warts: Get rid of warts and speed their healing process by applying lemon juice to them.
Leather shoes: Polish your shoes by applying a mixture of two parts of olive oil with one part lemon juice.
Jewelry: Clean any type of jewelry, except gold and pearls, by using a mixture of cup and a half of water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
Pets: Remove stains from your pet’s mouth or eyes area, make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and apply to your pet’s fur. Keep it for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Berry stains: Remove berry stains from your hands by rubbing a paste of lemon juice and cornmeal. Leave it for a while before washing your hands.
Paintbrushes: Soften your paintbrushes by soaking them in a boiled water with lemon juice. Leave them to sit for 15 minutes. Then, wash with soap.