Not only do I love to cook with lemons (like my Lemon Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail, or Cayenne Lemonade) I always keep a bag of lemons in the house for other household uses. Here are 20 of my favorite things you might not know you can use lemons for!
Clean and Deodorize Your Sink
I use lemons to help scrub and deodorize my kitchen sink-get the full step by step tutorial here.
Use Lemons to Clean Your Microwave
Cut a lemon in half and squeeze juice into a microwaveable bowl half filled with water. Add rinds to bowl and microwave for 4 minutes. Wipe down the interior of the microwave with a cloth or sponge!
Freshen Stinky Breath
Gargle with fresh lemon juice to combat bad breath!
The easiest way to clean cheese graters is by simply running a cut lemon over the surface-the lemon juice cleans the fat from the garter with ease.
Freshen Up Stinky Trashcans
Throw a few lemon rinds into the trashcan every so often to keep it smelling fresh.
My nails get stained from time to time by my nail polish-slicing a lemon and rubbing it on the nails helps brighten and whiten them!
Make a Citrus Scrub
Lemon is wonderful for refreshing the skin-use the juice to create a citrus salt scrub as I describe in this tutorial.
Lemon Vinegar Cleaner
Soak lemon rinds in white vinegar for two weeks to help improve the smell and cleaning power of regular vinegar. (See my Orange Basil Vinegar Cleaner for a similar idea!)
Get Perfect Rice
Add 1 tsp of lemon juice when cooking rice helps it to be nice and fluffy without stickiness every time!
Many insects, including ants, hate lemon smells! Just spray your threshold with lemon juice to help keep them at bay.
Start Your Day with a Detox
Starting the day with a tall glass of water and lemon juice helps detox your liver and is great for digestion!
Deodorize Your Fridge
We’ve all been told to keep a box of baking soda in the fridge but lemon peels do the trick just as well!
Make Your Own Limoncello
We fell in love with limoncello while living in Italy, make a DIY version with these instructions-it makes a great gift!
Perk Up Droopy Lettuce
Soak wilting lettuce in cold water with lemon juice in the fridge for an hour to help it regain it’s crispness!
Lemon is a drying agent and applying lemon juice to acne can help it go away faster! (Don’t apply on open wounds-ouch!)
Deodorize Cutting Boards
After cleaning, rub half a cut lemon over the surface of your cutting board to help further sanitize and reduce smells.
Save Those Avocados!
I hate how quickly avocados brown-or guacamole as well. Sprinkle liberally with lemon juice to stop the oxidation that causes browning!
We run humidifiers most of the winter and after a while they can smell musty-adding a few tablespoons of lemon juice to the water helps cut the odor and sanitize the machine.
Lighten Age Spots
I’ve come to the age where I can see the bad judgement of extended beach days as a teen starting to show up in the form of age spots. Dabbing on some lemon juice and leaving it for 15 minutes before washing off can help lighten dark spots!
Soften Dry Skin
Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and massage into dry areas of skin to soften and exfoliate.
What are your favorite uses for lemons-I’d love to hear from you in the comments!