Uses for lemons that might surprise you

When life throws you lemons…KEEP THEM. Lemons are one of the most useful fruits available. Besides the use thereof in food, there are plenty other uses that might interest you.

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Home  & Cleaning

Clean Cutting Boards, Rolling Pins, Salad Bowls, and More…

In general, wooden kitchen products gather germs and can develop a strange smell.  Lemons works well on odours and bacteria thus, after cleaning the cutting board, rub ½ a lemon over the wood and let it settle for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the juice off and dry.

Get Rid of Grease

Clean dishes, counters etc. by rubbing ½ a lemon on the affected area together with coarse salt sprinkled on it. Thereafter, wipe clean with a towel. It is important to know if your dish or surface will respond well to acid before you try this trick.

Overcome Odours

A quick and easy solution is to keep a few lemon peels in your fridge. To avoid unpleasant smells in the trashcan, place lemon peels at the bottom of the trashcan.

DIY Deodorant

If you have ever wondered about chemicals in commercial deodorants, you could always try the organic deodorant called lemon juice. Dab a little juice in jour arm pits it will work just as well as commercial deodorant.

Lighten Nails

With age, a person’s nails start to yellow. Reverse it by soaking your nails in a cup of water and the juice of 1 lemon. Rinse and dry.

Remove Armpit Stains from Clothes

Those stubborn armpit stains are unbearable and hard to remove. Mix equal parts water and lemon juice and rub on the stain, let the item air-dry and you’re done.

Food & Drink

Prevent Sticky Rice

There is nothing better than perfect fluffy rice. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the pot while the rice is simmering to prevent sticky rice.

Refresh Sad Lettuce

Rescue soggy lettuce before using it in salad by placing it in a bowl of ice water with the  juice of ½ a lemon for a couple of minutes. It will be crisp again.

Pets, Garden & More

Revive Hardened Paintbrushes.

Almost every home has at least one of those hardened paintbrushes. Give new life to the bristles: Bring lemon juice to a boil on the stove. Place the brushes into the pot, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash and rinse in soap water and to let it dry.

Repel Ants and Other Pests.

What smells great to humans is not necessarily the case for some animals. Ants, roaches, and moths hate the smell of citrus. Place lemon juice in a spray bottle, and regularly mist door thresholds, window sills, and anywhere else bugs might creep in.

Source: care2.com

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