Lemony Snippets


My dear friend G recently sent me a box of these wonderful lemons from her tree. Not having much time to cook, I’ve been using the juice in my homemade vinaigrette, slices in sparkling water, as well as freezing the juice in an ice cube tray (each cube is about 2 TBSP of lemon juice) but I’d heard that lemons have a lot of great uses around the house, so went in search of tips.

Did you know…

1. Lemon peels will deter insects. If you have a problem with ants or other insects, place cut up lemon peels around windowsills or other areas where they may normally enter and they’ll move on.

2. Grandparents, fun activity alert for the kids: lemon juice makes invisible ink! Becomes visible only when heat is applied (try a hair dryer).

3. Whiten fingernails. Soak fingertips in lemon juice, then rinse with white vinegar. Your tips will be nice and white.

4. Sanitize cutting boards. Rub a cut half lemon over your cutting board after washing. It will also remove stains.

5. Whiten your laundry! Add 3 TBSP to a load of laundry to whiten.

6. Keep rice from sticking. Add lemon juice to cooking rice.

7. Keep your fridge fresh. Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and place in the fridge.

8. Fruit and vegetable wash. Use lemon juice as a wash to remove pesticides and other “gunk” on fresh fruit and veggies.

9. Keep fruit salad looking pretty. Squeeze just a little lemon juice into your fruit salad and toss. It will keep the fruit from turning brown. Works for guacamole too.

10. Cuts phlegm. Your mother’s tea with lemon and honey worked for a reason.

More Lemony Snippets here and here.

Do you have any favorite uses for lemons or lemon juice? Please share!

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  1. Esmeralda
    November 24, 2013 / 3:06 am

    Microwave an empty (already squeezed) lemon half in a bowl of water to get a nasty smell out of the microwave.

    Also good for cleaning tea stains on the inside of mugs.

    And – as this is the first time I have ever commented – thanks for your blog! I love your style and your travels.

    • Jill
      November 26, 2013 / 9:54 pm

      Use lemon juice and water to rinse fish before cooking. Even a piece of frozen fish loses the fishy smell and tastes fresh. Use the juice of one lemon in a cup of water, place fish in the rinse for 30 seconds, dry with a paper towel and cook as usual. I learned this from a chef who does the menus and gets vendors for Linbad cruises. The do the National Geographic Cruises.

  2. November 24, 2013 / 5:54 am

    A bowl of lemons looks lovely sitting on a table or a counter for decoration.

  3. November 24, 2013 / 6:24 am

    I squeeze lemons down my kitchen sink for freshness. Will try the cotton ball in the fridge tip!

  4. November 24, 2013 / 7:04 am

    Grind them in the disposal! Bend the skin and watch the little pockets of oil spray, just for fun.

  5. November 24, 2013 / 7:47 am

    Simmering lemon slices with a handful of basil makes your house smell wonderful

  6. November 24, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Number 4 is of great interest, I came into the kitchen this morning and found two meeses running riot, they had dumped all over my cutting board, lemon it is.

  7. November 24, 2013 / 10:31 am

    limoncello (easy)
    preserved lemons (easy)

    and..remember the scene with Susan Sarandon in Atlantic City??? Famous lemon scene.

  8. November 24, 2013 / 12:00 pm

    The first time I ever traveled to California I was mesmerized by the lemon trees growing everywhere we went. I love lemons…cookies, bars. on fish, always in my tea…and I grind the rinds in the disposal so the house smells lemony clean!!

  9. fashionovafifty
    November 24, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    wow, what a wealth of information here! Who knew? xoxo Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. November 24, 2013 / 3:46 pm

    I think writing out all these fabulous ideas on a beautiful card and gift wrapping a lovely little basket of perfect lemons would make a wonderful gift!! Very cool.

    • une femme
      November 24, 2013 / 5:51 pm

      Jean, that’s a FABULOUS idea!! I love it.

  11. November 24, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    My lemon harvest, from my espaliered trees planted this spring, is just coming in … and I was wondering what I was going to do with them all! You have now given be so amy great ideas!


  12. Mrs C
    November 24, 2013 / 11:19 pm

    Oh, I’ve seen a lot of them lemons the past couple of weeks after my husband was diagnosed with kidney stone. Apparently lemon infused water help with the passing of the stone. 2 weeks and kilos of lemons later still no sign of stone.. I guess more lemons 🙂


  13. Krysta
    November 30, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    Another use for lemons! They’re supposed to be a good hair rinse, and can also be used as a hair lightener. I keep meaning to try it myself… I’m a natural blonde, but as I get older, my hair gets darker… Need to reverse that trend! lol

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