Household uses for lemons
Keep your dishes clean by placing 1/2 lemon upright in your dishwasher. Not only will your dishes smell good, but the lemon cuts away grease and grime naturally.
To keep the sliced fruit in your kids’ lunches from turning brown, sprinkle with lemon juice. Chances are, those healthy fruit slices will be eaten instead of traded for cookies. Well, maybe.
Did you know that lemon removes ink spots from clothing? Apply generous amounts of lemon juice to the spot as soon as possible, then wash on a regular cycle in cold water. Bye bye ink. Also, try that process for underarm stains on shirts.
Lemons can help keep your kitchen smelling fresh. Throw the lemon (or orange) peels into the garbage disposal once a month. Or, simmer water mixed with lemon peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves and apple skins. Not only will your house smell delish, but it’s also great for adding humidity to dry houses during those winter months.
Clean and shine your copper pots, brass and stainless steel appliances and kitchen items by using lemon juice mixed with salt.
To keep insects away, sprinkle lemon juice on windowsills, door thresholds or anywhere else they’d enter. Also, add lemon juice to your floor wash and the bugs will head over to the neighbor’s house.
Lemon pulp mixed with brown sugar is a great foot exfoliator and cleanser. Scrub your feet with the mixture and rinse in warm water. For a fabulous nail soak, place fingernails in lemon juice mixed with a little olive oil. Your nails will be clean and shiny and your cuticles, so soft.
A little sunshine mixed with one juiced lemon and one teaspoon salt applied to your hair creates beautiful, natural highlights in your hair. Not to mention, that extra vitamin D does the body good.
Feeling a little bound up? Drink some warm water mixed with lemon juice and honey to get things moving along.
For pimples and skin irritations such as poison ivy, apply straight lemon juice on a cotton ball to the affected areas. Pimples disappear and itches are relieved. Nice!
A horrible hacking cough is not comfortable. For relief, heat up 1/4 cup lemon juice, one cup honey and 1/2 cup olive oil. Heat for five minutes, stir for 2. Drink the mixture as needed throughout the day. It calms the throat and loosens the mucus causing the cough.
Lemons are good anytime in tea, and ShopAtHome.com has a huge selection of gourmet tea stores to visit.
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