Why do lemons get such a bad reputation? Usually, when people buy a car that turns out to be a piece of junk, they often refer to it as ‘being sold a lemon.’ Also, there are many references about life giving you lemons when bad things happen to someone. Ironically, lemons have countless of great uses for them and can be used to help you around the house in so many ways. After reading this great list of what you can do with lemons, you will want to keep them in your kitchen everyday.
When life gives you lemons… here are 15 uses for them.
Many people use baking soda in their refrigerators as a way to help them remove bad odors or smells. However, lemon can work even better when it comes to removing unpleasant smells in your fridge. You can take some lemon juice and use a cotton ball or a sponge to absorb it. Place the lemon soaked item in the refrigerator for several hours so it can counter the odors you’re trying to get rid of. You can also do the same for your trash cans as a way to get rid of unpleasant odors there.
If you have nails which are dry and/or brittle, mix lemon juice with olive oil and soak them into a basin. After soaking rinse them and optionally apply cuticle oil. Lemon juice is known to whiten nails and remove any stains.
For people who suffer from asthma or have a congested chest, drinking lemon water will help reduce the amount and level of phlegm in their bodies. If you have a cold or sore throat, then sucking on a lemon or drinking the juice will also help. Lemons work great due to their antibacterial properties.
Combining some baking soda and lemon juice, can give you a million dollar smile, and whiter teeth. The chemical reaction from lemon juice and baking soda has a teeth-brightening effect. You can either apply the mixture paste with a Q-tip, or a tooth brush. Still, keep in mind that using either of them too much, whether alone or combined, can end up wearing away the tooth enamel. Also, never leave the mixture on your teeth longer than a minute.
Clean Household Items
Kitchen items such as cutting boards, rolling pins and other wooden kitchen tools are magnets for germs and bad odors. But lemons can quickly combat this problem since they kill both bacteria and bad odors. Simply rub a 1/2 of a lemon all over each item after you have washed it. Let it sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes. After the time has elapsed, simply rinse the lemon juice off the kitchen utensils and dry.