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