When Life Gives You Lemons… 12 Ways to Use Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

When life gives you lemons… Wow you won the lottery! Lemons are great and can be used in various ways that will spruce up your life. They have an abundance of vitamins, minerals phytonutrients, flavonoids, potassium, folate and antioxidants.  it is believed that lemons originated in north India and grew to east Asia, and Europe eventually. Now lemon grows all over the world and is also a hot house favourite in cold countries.

When life gives you lemons, here are 12  things you could do with them:

 

Prevent fruits and vegetables from oxidizing. Potatoes, avocados, apples and bananas tend to turn brown within minutes off chopping them. If you would like to keep them fresh for a longer period of time so you can have a greener guacamole and use bananas and apples in your fruit salad, squeeze half a lemon onto these fruits and vegetables. Your guacamole is beautiful and your salad has snow white fruits. 

 

Get rid of dandruff. That itchy, scaly dandruff is annoying, find relief in a lemon. Squeeze half a lemon into a bowl. Using just your fingers massage it into your scalp and rinse it with water after five minutes. Do that every time you wash your hair and dandruff will be gone in no time.

 

Soften dry hands and feet. When you use the juice of a lemon for something else, use the rind to scrub it on your hands and feet, including soles and under the nails. Rinse it off with warm water, massage softly with coconut oil and wipe it clean with a warm wet cloth. Make this a weekly routine for soft hands and feet and clean white finger nails. 

 

Refresh your fridge. Get rid of nasty odours from the refrigerator by squeezing lemon juice into small bowls and leaving them in various parts of the fridge for a couple of days. After two days, dilute this lemon juice, soak it up in a washcloth and wipe the fridge down inside and out. Then wipe it down again with a clean wet cloth. This is a monthly routine in my house.

 

Clean microwave and utensils. Lemon rind is great for scrubbing down stains left inside the microwave. Squeeze a lemon into a bowl. Diluted with three times the water. Sprinkle it inside the microwave  and leave it for 10 minutes. Using the rind, scrub down the entire interior and exterior of the microwave. This gets rid of the stains and also the odors inside the microwave. I also like to use the rind to scrub down utensils with which I cook fish .

 

Use a lemon as a skin lightening agent. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a bowl and with a cotton pod apply the lemon juice directly to areas where you have age spots or freckles. Your facial skin might be a bit too sensitive for the juice. If your skin burns wash it off immediately. If not, leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water. I like to scrub my face and hands with the rind before I rinse it off. That helps exfoliate and the essential oils in the rind seal the moisture in. Moisturize immediately.

 

Say goodbye to body order. Scrub under arms with lemon rind for three minutes in the shower and rinse off. This works much better than soap and deodorants. 

 

Remove stains from the kitchen countertop, especially if it is marble. Porous marble can accumulate stains from cooking spices, abandoned tea bags, coffee grounds, vegetables like beets and just about anything. Wet the surface, cut a lemon into four and scrub down the entire countertop, quarter lemon at a time until each piece is down to bare rind. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with a clean wet cloth. 

 

Deodorize your house. Squeeze a whole lemon into your humidifier. And let it run in every room for at least 30 minutes. This will leave your house smelling fresh in a few hours. Repeat every two or three weeks. 

 

Replace your glass cleaner with lemon juice. Mix juice of a lemon with six times the water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the glass you want to clean. Wipe off with newspapers and then polish off with dry microfibre cloth to prevent streaking.

 

Battle lime buildup. Your kettle, taps and shower head are places where lime could build up and look ghastly. Rubbing these items down with lemon rind and rinsing off with cold water will get rid of the lime build up and shine up the chrome again. Scrubbing your bathtubs with lemon juice can remove all the soap scum buildup and shine your tubs again. 

 

Get heartburn relief. Add juice of half a lemon to a tall glass tumbler. Add salt to taste. Top it up with club soda. Stir it well with a spoon and drink it slowly to get rid of heartburn and acid reflux. Do not do this very often as it might dilute or diminish your stomach acids. 

 

And of course you can make lemonade as well! 

 

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