There are many uses for a lemon, with the most common being used in culinary cooking and baking desserts.
The diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds the general knowledge of most people.
But once you know the applications, you will no doubt stock up on lemons.
The Many Uses Of A Lemon
The following is some ideas, but not limited to, on the used of a lemon apart from its culinary and medicinal use.
Refresh Cutting Boards
Your cutting boards are used to chop and dice many different types of food. These could include onions, garlic, and fish.
To rid the cutting board of smells these foods can leave behind, just rub the board all over with the cut side of half a lemon.
Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen
Lemons are also effective against ants, roaches and fleas. Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon water and wash your floors with it. Bugs hate the smell.
To keep ants from entering your home in the first place, just squeeze some lemon juice on entry door thresholds and windowsills.
You can also squeeze lemon juice into any holes and cracks where the ants are getting in.
Zest or cut into small pieces slices the lemon peel and place around any exiting doors of your home.
Fruit and Vegetable Wash
There could be pesticides or dirt lurking on the skin of the fruits and vegetables you purchased at the supermarket.
Slice a lemon in half and squeeze one tablespoon of juice into a spray bottle with about 12 ounces of fresh water. Lemon juice acts as a natural disinfectant.
Deodorize Kitchen Garbage Containers
Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the bottom of the garbage pail before placing a bag into it.
The peels will keep the pail smelling fresh. Replace peelings once every couple of weeks.
Harden Brown Sugar
What a drag when you go to reach for the brown sugar, and it has harden.
To soften it up, just add the peel of half a lemon to the packaged brown sugar, and allow to sit overnight.
The sugar will absorb the moisture of the lemon peel, tuning that harden brown sugar soft and manageable once more.
Faucets That Sparkle
Hard water stains on faucets can be removed with a cloth that has been dampened with lemon juice.
Just rub the hard water spots until they disappear.
Boost Laundry Detergent
To boost the cleaning power of your detergent, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle.
The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.
Freeze Lemon Peel For Later Use
Place the peel in a zip-lock baggy and place in the freezer. When making a dish or dessert that calls for lemon zest, and you rich for the lemon, but so sad it’s not there. Don’t fret, the frozen lemon peels to the rescue.
Just grate the frozen peel, and you have fresh lemony zest. You can also do this with lime and orange peels.
Try these deliciously yummy recipes using lemon.
- Instant Pot Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs
- Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Bread
- Blueberry Lemon Flognarde
- Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade
- Lemon Artichoke Chicken
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