While a slice of lemon in your gin and tonic makes a wonderful refreshing drink or a squeeze on your fish starter adds a splash of tang to the taste, if that’s all you use your lemons for, you’re missing out on tonnes of great other uses that this little yellow fruit is hiding.
Lemons are antibacterial and have anti-oxidants to boot, as well as acidic properties and have vitamin C, which means their versatile nature can do many little jobs around the house. From cleaning, to laundry, disinfectants and beauty.
If life gives you lemons, there’s more than making lemonade! Here’s 20 things you can do with a lemon!
1. Ant Repellent
Douse the infested area with some lemon juice to discourage the marching army.
2. Air freshener –
Fill a pot with 2/3 water and slice in a full lemon, add some rosemary and vanilla extract and simmer all day to fill your house with a beautiful aroma.
3. Tub Cleaner
Use an equal amount of lemon and water to create a great product to clean your bath and shower of dirt and mildew.
Add some lemon to vinegar to strengthen the disinfectant properties and use as normal.
5. Microwave Cleaner
Pop a bowl of water and lemon wedges into the microwave and heat for 30-60 seconds. Now wipe down the inside of your microwave. You’ll see it’s now much easier to remove that dried on food and the smell will dissipate.
6. Refrigerator De-smellifier
Keep half a lemon in the fridge to help prevent unpleasant odors.
7. Cleaning Chrome/Brass/Copper
Mix lemon juice with coca-cola and dip a clean hand towel into the fizzy mixture. Rub on chrome, brass or copper surfaces, then wipe with a damp cloth and wipe down with dry paper to make them shine.
Combine half a cup of borax powder with a glass of lemon juice to scrub the toilet, leaving it smelling fresh and clean.
9. Taps and sinks
Use half a lemon to easily remove limescale buildup on your sinks and taps.
10. Make your laundry whiter
A teaspoon of lemon juice in the machine during the wash cycle will also give your fabric a fresher smell, while half a cup will make your whites whiter.
Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your washing up liquid to cut through greasy stains.
Combine hot lemon juice with drinking soda and pour down the drain to unclog pipes.
13. Eliminate Rubbish Pong
Put lemon peel in the rubbish bags, to neutralize bad odors coming from the rest of the foodstuffs in there.
14. Cutting Board
Wipe half a lemon on a wooden cutting board and leave it overnight, rinse the following day. The juice will kill bacteria and leave it smelling better.
15. Glass and Mirrors
Mix four tablespoons of lemon juice with two liters of water to create an effective mixture for cleaning windows, mirrors and glass surfaces.
Add one part lemon juice to two parts olive or normal cooking oil to create a furniture polish.
17. Hair brightening
Put some lemon juice onto your hair and sit in the sun for an hour to give it that sun kissed natural low lights look.
18. Hair softening
Mix lemon juice with water to create a hair mask. Soak for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly. Check first that your scalp is not sensitive.
19. Cuts, stings, and skin irritation
It may seem counter-productive as it will sting a bit but using a small amount of lemon juice on small cuts it will disinfect the wound and stymie any bleeding. It can also help with minor skin irritations.
20. Removing bad smell from hands
Lemon juice is fantastic at getting rid of those nasty odors that stick to your hands without drying or damaging your skin.
See no lemonade anywhere on this list!