Lemons aren’t just for squeezing into a tall glass of water or sucking on after a shot of tequila! Did you know there are plenty of uses for this cute little fruit?
Fresh lemons offer a multitude of practical uses throughout your home. Let’s unwrap the full power of this zesty fruit and see how it can simply enhance your daily life.
Make up a simple lemon-scented air freshener. Collect 1/8 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 cups of hot water, and for a stronger scent, you can add 2 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix the baking soda and hot water together until the baking soda has dissolved, and add the lemon juice and essential oil (if using).
Once cool, pour into a clean spray bottle and spritz the room as required.
Natural Hair Treatment For Dandruff
Lemons can be used as a natural hair treatment for dandruff sufferers. The acidity in lemon helps to balance your scalp’s pH levels and reduce the excess oils on your head, reducing the build-up of dried flakes. The antimicrobial properties in fresh lemons help fight off the fungus that produces dandruff.
For an extra strength concoction, mix fresh lemon juice with aloe vera or apple cider vinegar and dap it onto your scalp with cotton wool balls, let rest for 20 minutes, and then rinse.
Clean Your Brass and Copper
Bring your antiques back to life with lemons!
Mix 1 tbsp of salt with 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice and rub this mixture onto your brass and copper objects until the shine comes through. The chemical reaction will clean it almost instantly, and you’ve done it the natural way without the use of harsh chemicals.
Clean Your Microwave
Your microwave is most likely the piece of kitchen equipment used most often. But how often are you cleaning it?
Squeeze the juice from one large lemon into a bowl with water, cut up the lemon and add the pieces into the bowl, and then microwave on high for three minutes. Leave it to sit so that the steam can penetrate the walks and door. Remove the bowl and wipe clean with a towel or damp cloth. You should be able to wipe the dirt off easily.
Natural Skin Brightener
The acidity of lemons can be used as a skin lightener, working on reducing acne marks, dark spots, and skin tones.
Before using it on your face, test out a small patch on the inside of your arm or write and leave for 24 – 48 hours. If you don’t have a reaction, then it should be safe to use it. It will take approximately 2 weeks for you to notice changes in your skin tone. If your skin dries out, add a moisturizer after your lemon juice treatment.
Pestered by pests? Ants? Roaches? Mosquitos? Lemons are a great natural insect repellant.
Use fresh lemon juice to get rid of these buggers. Squeeze the juice into floorboards, windowsills, and other cracks where you’re finding ants. Once they stop appearing, wipe these areas clean. To get rid of roaches, mix fresh a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice with water and use this mixture to wipe down problematic areas. In addition to removing the main problem, eg. crumbs on the floor, the natural anti-pathogenic properties will keep them away.
Make Fresh Lemon Powder
Dehydrate lemon slices in your oven or dehydrator and then grind them into a fine grind using a blender or coffee grinder. This fresh, tangy lemon powder is great for baking without adding additional liquid to the recipe and is perfect for mixing into homemade iced teas and lemonades.
Make a homemade lemon salt, perfect for adding some zing to your chicken and pasta dishes or mix the powder with sugar and use it to rim the glasses when making your favorite cocktails.
Keep Your Linen Fresh
To keep your linen or clothes cupboard smelling fresh, create breathable sachets with drawstring tops and fill them with a mixture of other dried lemon slices and other desired scents such as rose petals, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and dried vanilla. Hang these scented sachets inside your cupboard to create a pleasant fresh smell in your storage space.
Aids in Digestion
Start your day with a cup of warm water infused with honey and lemon. Studies continue to show that these two ingredients promote digestion, encourage healthy bowel movement, increase metabolism and weight loss, and help remove toxins from your system.
Lemons in Your Garden
Take some time to learn the desired pH levels of your plants and add lemon powder or lemon peels into the soil of the plants that require a more acidic environment, such as blueberry plants. You can place lemon peels in areas to deter cats and keep away gnats and mosquitoes too.
This all breaks down into compost which is good for your garden anyway. In addition to the plants, you can clean your garden tools by rubbing fresh lemon on them too. Just wipe them dry afterward, and they’ll last longer.
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