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Use lemons in unique ways as part of your beauty routine
Try these home beauty remedies today!
Lemons are universally celebrated for their many uses in the world of beauty. The new year is all about fresh starts and self-improvements. Lemons are one of the most underrated yet incredibly versatile tools we have at our disposal. With New Year's resolutions declared and the accompanying sense of personal responsibility at hand, there's no better time to delve into the wonderful world of lemons — and all the fantastic things one of the trendiest foods of 2014 can do for all those resolution-makers in 2014.
Heal that dry skin.
Cold winter winds can wreak havoc on your skin! Mix equal amounts lemon juice and honey and apply on your face and neck. After 10 minutes, rinse off with cold water. Lemon contains hydroxyl acid, which is highly valued in many beauty products.
Lemons work wonders on chapped lips.
As with the dry skin, chapped lips are hard to avoid in the colder months. Mix a teaspoon each of cream, lemon juice, and honey and rub it on your lips. Use for a week and see your chapped lips disappear — naturally!
Revitalize dull or damaged hair.
Combine ¾ cup olive oil, ½ cup raw honey, and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Set aside. After shampooing your hair, towel dry and work the lemon juice mixture into your hair by combing it evenly throughout. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for ½ hour. Shampoo and rinse hair thoroughly.
Keep your breath nice and fresh.
Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto your tongue and swish it around in your mouth, swallowing the juice after a few swishes. This can lower the pH level inside your mouth and kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.
21 Ways to Clean with Lemon All Around the House
Tap into a lemon's natural bleaching, degreasing, antibacterial, and fresh-scent properties to successfully tackle all sorts of household jobs in an earth-friendly manner. Green cleaning experts share their best practice tips for harnessing lemons' powerful attributes to remove stains, clean and polish surfaces, refresh appliances, and even control pests.
Stock Fresh Lemons
1. Cleaning expert Mary Findleyꂭvises keeping fresh and frozen lemons on hand for all sorts of chores. "If you only need a small section of the lemon, quarter the rest and freeze it. Lemons freeze for long periods," Findley says."I buy lemons on sale, quarter, and freeze them so they are always ready to go." Maximize the amount of juice you get out of a lemon by placing the lemon in hot water for 15 minutes or heating it on low in a microwave for a minute (before microwaving the lemon, poke its top to prevent explosions).
2. Clean the air. The Old Farmer&aposs Almanac recommends simmering cut-up lemons in a pot of water for an hour or so the steaming vapors will replace winter&aposs musty smells with slice-of-summer scents. Or, spread citrusy aromas by sprinkling a few drops of lemon juice in your vacuum bag right before you vacuum. Findley recommends another air-freshener option: Mix lemon juice and water in a small spritz bottle and use the chemical-free spray to get eliminate fried food and bathroom odors.
3. Keep ants out. Lemon juice and lemon peels are pet- and people-safe controls that discourage ants from entering your home, according to the folks at PETA. Figure out where the ants are coming in, spray the area with lemon juice, and tuck lemon peels into holes and cracks to stop incoming ants in their tracks.
4. Mix up an all-purpose cleaner. Cleaning specialist Leslie Reichertreates her germ-busting "Happy Hour Cleaner" by mixing together 8 ounces white vinegar, 4 ounces lemon juice, 4 ounces vodka, eight drops essential lemongrass oil, and two to three drops castile soap in a spray bottle. Another Reichert formula: Let lemon peels sit in distilled white vinegar for a few weeks the citric acid from the peels will be extracted by the vinegar to create a powerful cleaner.
5. Wash windows and glass. Place club soda in a spray bottle and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. No club soda? Use distilled water spiked with a splash of lemon juice to create your own glass cleaning spray.
6. Disinfect everywhere. Findley ensures colds and germs don&apost spread by wiping down door knobs, car door handles, refrigerator handles, telephones, TV controls, and other often-touched surfaces with a cloth sprayed with a mix of lemon juice and water.
7. Make a handy-dandy scrub. Combine two parts salt with one part lemon juice to create an abrasive scrub that you can use to remove rust, eradicate clothing stains, and clean piano keys, copper pots, cutting boards, and scummy shower doors.
8. Gain a painter&aposs helper. Painting projects get easier with these tips from the Old Farmer&aposs Almanac: Renew paint-hardened paintbrushes by setting bristle ends in a pot of boiling lemon juice. Lower the heat, let brushes sit for 15 minutes, then wash them with soapy water. Remove dried paint from window glass by wiping the drips with a soft cloth and hot lemon juice. When the lemon juice is nearly dry, wipe off the juice and the drips.
Improve Kitchen Operations
Reichert shares tips for using lemons to quickly rejuvenate your kitchen&aposs mechanicals and dishware to make operations run more smoothly.
9. Refresh garbage disposals. Banish food odors by tossing used lemons into the disposal or, throw in frozen lemon quarters to create citrusy scents while cleaning disposal blades.
10. Steam-clean microwaves. Put a bowl of lemon juice in the microwave and let it boil away. The lemon juice will steam to soften stuck-on debris so you can clean the interior with the wipe of a cloth.
11. Scour dishwashers. Place a bowl of lemon juice in the top rack or basket and run the machine on a normal cycle. The juice will mix in with the cycling water to remove hard water spots and iron build up.
12. Degunk grill grates. Spear a lemon half on a long fork and rub the exposed side across a hot grill to clean the surface.
13. Sharpen small appliances. Pop frozen lemon peels into blenders and coffee grinders to clean the blades. Turn on the power and let blades whirl.
14. Tend to dishes. Clean water spots off your china and silverware using a microfiber cloth dampened with a touch of concentrated lemon juice. Remove stains from plasticware by rinsing them with lemon juice.
15.lean the cheese grater.ਏor an easy way to clean your grater just cut a lemon in half and then grate the fleshy side of the lemon on both sides of your cheese grater, says cleaning expert Melissa Maker. The lemon oil and juice help to cut the dairy fat and break up any of those proteins. After a quick rinse you should find that the lemon does an excellent job -- and it also saves you from ripping apart your sponges!
Practice Good Bathroom Hygiene
Findley advises using lemons in the following ways to keep bathroom surfaces gleaming and sterilized.
16. Set fittings shimmering. Rub a cut lemon on metal shower door frames and bathroom faucets to remove water spots and stains.
17. Bleach stained grout. Carefully apply the juice of a lemon to grout lines to remove mold and stains. Lemon juice is an acid that can pit and damage tile, stone, and composite surfaces, so make sure you wipe up juice spills immediately. Reichert recommends the following grout cleaning formula: Mix concentrated lemon juice with borax or baking soda to create a paste. Use a stiff toothbrush to apply the paste to grout lines let it sit awhile to bleach the grout and wipe off.
Clean Dining and Living Rooms
18. Buff furniture: Mix together one part lemon juice with two parts olive or vegetable oil to create a chemical-free furniture polish that hides scratches and leaves a high-shine finish. Rub the polish into furniture surfaces using a soft cloth.
19. Dust smartly: Reichert advises making a dusting spray using two tea bags, lemon juice, and 3 cups of water. Boil the water, add the tea bags, and let the mix cool. Put the mixture into a spray bottle with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Lightly spray the mixture on a microfiber clothਊnd dust.
Ease Laundry Day Chores
20. Care for whites. Use lemon juice to remove ink stains from white fabrics (place an absorbent clean rag under the stained fabric to absorb the stain and protect your work surface). Brighten white washables by adding a splash of lemon juice to the rinse cycle.
21. Eliminate laundry stains and washing machine odors: T-shirts with underarm stains get new life when treated with a 50-50 solution of water and lemon juice applied to the stain and allowed to set for 30 minutes before the shirt goes in the washing machine. Freshly washed towels smelling musty? Add 1/2 cup of bottled lemon juice to top-loading washing machines and 1/4 cup of bottled lemon juice to front loaders and rewash your towels -- take care not to stuff the washing machine.
24 Unexpected Ways to Turn a Lemon Into a Life Hack
Lemonade is fantastic, but it's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the things you can make and do with lemons. There are so many other exciting and genuinely helpful ways to put that little yellow fruit to good use. As someone who's never been able to get through a full bag of lemons before they go bad, I'm thrilled about this news. In the past, Iɽ use one or two, usually for salad dressings, and forget about the rest until they were shrunken, hard, and basically unusable. Or the opposite: moldy and gross. Either way, not a good look.
Now, mostly thanks to Pinterest, I know that you can use the juice, pulp, and even the rind to make just about anything, not just food and drinks. Lemons are great for cleaning, and you can use them to sterilize your microwave, deodorize your fridge, or even get berry stains off of your hands. And then there are the craftier ideas like turning them into essential oils, gourmet finishing salts, or even homemade limoncello, all of which are so easy, you'll find yourself wanting to try them out even if you're not big on DIYing.
Bookmark one of these 24 hacks for the next you have a mountain of lemons to get through.
This hack is super easy and it makes a ton of salt. Packed up in cute jars, the salt also makes a great gift. Get the recipe here.
Slice a few lemons, add them to a bowl of water, and microwave the bowl for five to ten minutes. Afterward, all you have to do is give the inside of the microwave a wipe with a paper towel or washcloth and it'll be good as new. Try the hack here.
If you can't get your whites bright no matter what you do, try adding a bit of lemon juice to your next load. Try the hack here.
With the help of lemon juice, a super simple salad dressing is completely within reach. Combine it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other flavoring agents you like (honey and Dijon mustard are a couple of my favorites). Or, if youɽ rather not wing it, follow this recipe.
To make these, you'll need baking soda, salt, lemons, and that's it. Combine everything, dole the mixture into a mold (an ice cube tray works fine), and in 24 hours your pods will be ready for tossing in the garbage disposal. Try the hack here.
This hack has saved me time and time again—it's really that good! Combine one cup milk and one tablespoon lemon juice, let it stand 5 minutes or until it starts to look a little curdled. Just like that, you've got buttermilk. Try the hack here.
Double down on the lemon flavor in all your baked goods by using both the juice and the zest. FYI, using the zest will make you look fancy AF. Get the recipe here.
If you've ever tasted something you were cooking and absolutely could not figure out what it was missing, it probably needed some form of acid. You know what has acid? Lemons. It is almost never a bad idea to add a squirt of lemon juice to your food. In pasta, soups, and roasts alike, the juice will bring a much needed freshness and contrast. Try this lemon-parmesan angel hair recipe here.
Hate it when you slice apples, avocados, and bananas and they immediately turn brown? Squirt them with lemon juice to keep them fresher longer. This is especially useful if you only plan to use half of the fruit and want to save the rest for later. Try the hack here.
As classic as apple pie, how could we not include lemonade? Get the recipe here.
We've tried it and the results were amazing. Combine water and lemon juice in a spray bottle, give your hair a quick squirt, and you'll be blond(er) before you know it. Try the hack here.
Preserved lemons have a light, mild flavor that can enhance anything from pasta to salad. To make them, combine lemons and salt in a jar and let it sit until fully preserved. They'll be ready to use in about a month. This is a great way to avoid food waste if you've got a mountain of lemons you know you aren't going to be able to get through. Get the recipe here.
Homemade limoncello takes a bit of effort to make, but it's so worth it. Most recipes take three weeks total, but the one featured above is a faster, albeit weaker version that only takes three days to make. Get the recipe here.
Mix warm water with some lemon juice and you've got a great, totally natural stainless steel polish on your hands. Try the hack here.
If you've ever envied people who have beautiful, fragrant bowls of potpourri lying around their house, know that you could be one of them with the help of some lemons. Try the hack here.
This easy-to-make, all-natural cleaner will make your house smell fresh to death. Try the hack here.
You know that moment when crusty, white scales start forming in your kettle? That moment can be quickly reversed with a little lemon juice. Those scales are actually calcium deposits, which are easy to get rid of with acid, which lemon juice has plenty of. Add juice to your kettle, boil it, dump out the water, give it a quick rinse and that's it! Try the hack here.
After you've squeezed a lemon (say for a vinaigrette or lemonade), place the remaining, juiced half in a bowl cut side up. It'll freshen up your fridge in a matter of hours. Try the hack here.
There are a few different ways to make your own lemon-infused oil. You can simmer it in an oil of your choosing and then strain out the lemon remains when it's cooled and ready to use. Or, if youɽ rather not get your stove involved, you can let lemon rinds soak with cold oil for a few weeks until fragrant. The lemon oil tastes great on salads or in pasta! Try the hack here.
We don't recommend using the lemon oil on your body, since citrus can be harsh on skin and some people might react badly. But, it's perfect for scenting candles, like this easy beeswax one. Try the hack here.
Turn these cuties into garlands, hang them on the rim of cocktail glasses, or even add them to warm drinks like tea for a quick hit of concentrated lemon flavor. Try the hack here.
Along with a few logs, toss dried peels into your fireplace and next thing you know, it'll be LIT. Bonus: they'll make your fire smell amazing. Now that's how you hygge. Try the hack here.
This one requires a bit of technique, but if you've got the time why not give it a try? Your muffins and pancakes are practically begging you to. Get the recipe here.
Because who hasn't dreamt of sending secret messages? Made entirely of just lemon juice, this project might be the easiest on this already pretty easy list. Try the hack here.
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36 Lemon Desserts to Zest up Your Meals
When life gives you lemons, make these citrusy treats!
Lemons are available year-round, of course, but they're especially good when they're in season. You hardly need a reason, however, to include lemon flavor the next time you're making dessert. The contrast of tart acidity and sugary sweetness is a classic pairing: Think old-fashioned lemonade, or Lemonhead candies, both of which are irresistibly good.
So let that flavor combo make your homemade desserts extra special as well. And here, we have all kinds of ways to make lemony desserts, from the simple (lemon sandwich cookies) to the extra-impressive. The citrus is particularly delicious in lemon cake recipes, but it also makes everything from cookies, pies, tarts, bars, muffins, scones, and more taste amazing.
One of the great traits of lemon, however, is that it doesn't need to be the star ingredient. A touch of lemon zest, or a little lemon juice will brighten up strawberry desserts or blueberry recipes and add a pop of flavor to sugar cookies and crème brûlées. And easy-to-make lemon curd is the ideal topping for all manner of sweet treats, from bundt cakes to meringues to cupcakes.
So whether you're baking to manage stress, trying to make dessert-night a little more interesting, or thinking up something sweet to celebrate a loved one or occasion, try one of these editor-favorite lemon desserts. You won't be sorry.
Eight Ways to Preserve Meyer Lemons
It is Meyer lemon season and I am in the midst of my annual binge. As I’ve chopped, juiced, dried, fermented and otherwise infused my way through ten pounds, the though occurred to me that it might be useful to have all my favorite ways to preserve this citrus hybrid in one place.
Some of the recipes are mine, some link out to other folks. I’ve tucked my recipe for Meyer lemon jelly in at the end of the post (it’s a recipe from the cookbook, but I feel compelled to share). Enjoy!
I think that marmalade is one of the highest forms of preservation for Meyer lemons. There’s a recipe in my cookbook, but if you don’t have it, use this recipe for Small Batch Blood Orange Marmalade. It will work just as well. If you want something a little different, consider trying the Strawberry Meyer Lemon Marmalade recipe I wrote for Simple Bites last year.
For those of you who like their citrus with a little funk, make Salt Preserved Lemons. Use them in salads, braises, stews and even salted lemonade. If you struggle with them in their whole state, blend them and scoop the puree into vinaigrettes and smooth soups.
Dehydrated lemon slices are good for dropping into mugs of tea, water bottles and even braises that need a little acidity. If you store them in airtight containers, they last up to a year.
Whenever you find yourself in a situation where you’re going to juice a bunch of lemons, make sure to zest them (either with a vegetable peeler for big chunks or with a rasp for fine bits) thoroughly before you give them the big squeeze. Then stir that zest into sugar or salt, let it dry on a plate or baking sheet for a bit and then pack it into jars. You’ll get good Meyer lemon flavor, all year round.
This recipe for Meyer Lemon Caramel is not mine and I’ve not yet tried it (but I plan to). However, when it comes to delicious things, I trust Janet without question. Her blog is a delight and you should be reading it. And then you should make Meyer lemon caramel.
Meyer Lemon Curd is one of my weaknesses. I love it a little too much, which is why I make it just once a year. It’s dangerous for me to have around. But in January or February, it just seems right to whisk up a batch and stir it into greek yogurt. It beats the winter blues better than a trip to the tropics.
If you like limoncello, I implore you to make this version of Meyer Limoncello that Heather posted on her blog (Voodoo and Sauce) about two years ago. I’ve made it following her instructions twice and it’s divine. I’ve not changed a thing (which is rare for me).
After the jump is my recipe for Meyer Lemon Jelly. The set can be a little tricky to hit right on the nose, but since I like to spoon this jelly into sparkling water, it’s no great loss if it’s too loose. For a slightly pulpier preserve, substitute segmented Meyer lemons for the grapefruit in this jam recipe.
Popular Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
Easy Cinnamon French Toast Bake
This cinnamon french toast bake is super easy to prepare. It is great for guests who stay overnight or to have on a weekend morning with family.
You save a lot of time making this using the Pillsbury flaky cinnamon rolls you can get in your grocery store. For the recipe, click the link… Cinnamon French Toast Bake
Real French Toast Bake Recipe
If you love an easy french toast like I do, then you are going to love this recipe. It is one of the most popular recipes on this post. Rachel Sheldon shares how she makes a real french toast bake from scratch.
This is a very economical brunch dish that can be made ahead of time. You will need Texas toast bread slices for this instead of the regular slices (they are thicker) but other then that, all the other ingredients are simple things you most likely have at home. Want this recipe and directions? Click the link to see the recipe and photo instructions… French Toast Bake Recipe
How To Prep A Month’s Worth of Green Smoothies
Preparing smoothies in one day so they are easy to whip up together quickly is an excellent idea to save you time. The All Things G & D blog shares how to prep a month’s worth of green smoothies all in one day. The recipe calls for kale but you can substitute for another green vegetable such as baby spinach if you prefer.
To see the recipe and how to prepare these green smoothies, click the link… Prep A Month’s Worth of Green Smoothies
Coconut Flour Crepes Recipe
The lellalicious.com blog shares a yummy and healthy coconut flour crepes recipe. This recipe is low in carbohydrates, and ‘gluten’ free. Click the link to see more and get the recipe for these coconut flour crepes… Coconut Flour Crepes
How to Make Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
Do you love egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast, but don’t want all the preservatives that go with it if you buy from fast food joints? Better make them yourself, then. It’s healthier since you get to decide what ingredients to include–none of those chemicals they put in commercial sandwiches!
Macheesmo has shared a recipe that’s good for 12 servings. If your family doesn’t finish all of it, it can be stored in the freezer and just reheated later on. If you want to try out this recipe for egg and cheese sandwiches, check out the link here… Breakfast Sandwiches
Homemade Low-Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Protein shakes oftentimes don’t taste good, but people still drink it after a workout since they need it to re-fuel their bodies. Some of the more delicious ones are full of sugar (and calories!) which defeats the purpose of working out. Live Like You Are Rich has shared a recipe for a homemade protein shake that’s so delicious it’s hard to believe it’s light on calories too.
It takes less than five minutes to make this protein shake. Go to the link for the recipe… Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Paleo Banana Pancakes Recipe
Following the paleo diet can be good for your body. However, if you love bread and pasta, it can be a challenge to follow. One solution is to make your non-paleo dishes into paleo ones, like this banana pancake recipe shared by The Fit Bald Man. It tastes as good as any pancake but it’s much better for you.
Visit the link if you want to learn how to make this healthy and delicious pancake… paleo banana pancakes
Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches To Last 3 Weeks
Making breakfast sandwiches ahead of time is a big time saver and can ensure you never miss breakfast:)
You can easily make a batch of egg sandwiches to last you three weeks in the freezer but it might not last that long. See the details at the link below from the Exploring Domesticity blog on how to put these frozen breakfast sandwiches together… Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches To Last 3 Weeks
Cast Iron Skillet Cinnamon Roll Recipe
Instead of making cinnamon rolls, how about making one big cinnamon roll in a cast iron skillet?!
The Sprinkle Bakes blog shares how to make this wonderful breakfast idea in a step by step manner with photos to help along the way. See link below for all the details on making this giant cinnamon roll using a cast iron skillet… Cast Iron Skillet Cinnamon Roll Recipe
Lemon is clearing up the dark stains form the body and at the s ame time act as a natural deodorant. Lemon’s citric acid is responsible for destroying bacteria that cause bad smell. Mix oatmeal with lemon juice and a some honey apply the resulting paste to your armpits, and allowed it to work for 1 hour.
Lemons are great allies for fighting annoying blackheads, because they deeply clean the skin and promote the elimination of toxins. Rub a bit of lemon on your skin and leave it to work for 10 minutes. If you are going to be exposed to the sun, don‘t use this treatment. This could cause stains. Lemons have antibacterial and astringent properties that promote the elimination of excess oil and waste on the skin.
A Million Ways That Lemons Can Save Your Life
America has known about lemons since at least the 16 th century, when Christopher Columbus brought them to what is now Florida. Lemons (and limes) were very valuable at the time for the protection they offered against scurvy. During the Gold Rush in California, lemons were so popular and in such unbelievably high demand that people were willing to pay the unheard price of $1 each. This would be expensive even for today, but imagine that in the 1800’s!
Although high levels of vitamin C and alkalizing effects on the body are no doubt among the great reasons to always keep lemons around (or to plant your own tree) these sour fruits have a type of antioxidant known as flavonoids that can fight inflammation, heart disease, and cancer, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
The Ancient Egyptians thought that drinking the juice or eating lemons would protect you from poison. Although there are many health benefits to lemons and their juice, protection from poison might not be one of them, but they will certainly help to protect you from disease and infection, which can save your life. They are also powerful cleaning and beauty agents, which are almost as important, right?!
Well, although we might not have quite a million things listed here, it might seem like it. This list contains valuable information about how you can use lemons for your health, for cleaning, for beauty treatments, and more!
Keep reading to find out just how valuable lemons actually are and why people would pay a buck a piece for one!
1. Add lemon juice to your humidifier for instant room deodorizing.
2. Freeze slices of lemon with a bit of vinegar in an ice cube tray, and then put a few cubes in your garbage disposal for instant cleaning and a fresh scent.
3. Rub a cut lemon over your chrome kitchen faucets or shower fixtures to remove hard water stains and leave them bright and shiny.
4. Gargling with lemon and water can help soothe a sore throat and kill bacteria that might be trying to set up house.
5. Coating warts with pure lemon juice will help them break down and fall off.
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6. Smelling lemons or lemon essential oil can lower blood pressure and reduce feelings of nausea.
7. Drinking lemon and water daily can help to remove and prevent painful kidney stones.
8. Lemon juice can help ease the pain of eczema and psoriasis.
9. Lemon juice can help to relieve respiratory problems such as asthma attacks.
10. Applying lemon juice to corns on the skin can help them to soften so they can be removed more easily.
11. Adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to your dish soap will help clean the grease off and increase the overall effectiveness of the soap.
12. Clean your hardwood floors with a mixture of lemon juice and vinegar to make a super dirt cutting, but non-toxic floor cleaner.
13. Get rid of grease stains on clothes by mixing lemon juice with vinegar and applying it to the stain. Allow to sit for an hour or so, and then rinse and wash as normal.
14. Add lemon juice or lemon slices to your ice cube trays to add some healthy flavor to your favorite beverages or spice up some plain water.
15. Out of sour cream? Add some lemon juice to whipped cream and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
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16. Lemons are the only food in the world that have an ion with a negative charge. All other foods have a positive ion charge. This means lemons can give your body energy, since all cationic ions provide cells with energy.
17. Lemons are super cancer-fighters, containing 22 anti-cancer compounds.
18. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which improves the immune system
19. Lemons are also rich in flavonoids which are anti-viral in nature, helping you fight off flu and cold viruses.
20. Add lemon juice to some hot water and soak your white clothing for a few hours before washing for super white whites without toxic bleach.
21. Prevent fruits from turning brown by soaking them in some cold water and lemon juice after cutting.
22. Make your own natural furniture polish by combining lemon juice and olive oil. Apply a small amount to your wood furniture, allow to sit for a few minutes, then buff with a dry cloth.
23. Soak a sponge in lemon juice and allow it to sit in your refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. This works much better than baking soda when it comes to removing odors.
24. Drinking a glass of water and the juice of one lemon in the mornings will help to cleanse the bowels and keep things moving along smoothly.
25. Drinking some lemon juice every day will help dissolve, as well as stop the formation of gallstones.
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26. Lemon juice is a natural blood purifier, which means that in a pinch, you can stop diseases such as malaria and cholera.
27. The potassium in lemon juice helps to lower blood pressure and eliminate dizziness.
28. Make your own nourishing exfoliating body scrub by combining honey, olive oil, sugar, and lemon juice. Read more how to use lemons instead of beauty products.
29. Mix some lemon juice with coconut or almond oil, then apply it to your hair and sit in the sun for a few hours. The lemon juice will give you natural highlights and the oil will help to keep your hair from drying out.
30. Whiten your finger or toe nails by soaking them in some lemon juice and olive oil.
31. Get rid of acne by rubbing some lemon juice over your face twice per day. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes to kill the germs that cause acne, and then rinse with cool water.
32. Kill weeds naturally by spraying them with lemon juice.
33. Soften paintbrushes that have become hard by boiling lemon juice and water. Turn off the heat and add the brushes. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, and then wash the brushes in soap and water. Once dry, they will be soft as new.
34. Give lemon juice mixed with a bit of water to someone who is suffering from a fever. The lemon juice will help them to sweat out the fever and break it naturally.
35. Add one drop of lemon juice onto your regular toothpaste to help whiten teeth as well kill germs. Rinse your mouth with water after brushing.
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36. Rinse your scalp with lemon juice and water to kill dandruff.
37. Add the lemon peels to the bottom of your trash can to help stop odors.
38. Dried lemon peels make great fireplace kindling and smell wonderful!
39. Make your own fantastic window cleaner by mixing a bit of cornstarch, vinegar, lemon juice and water for a streak free shine!
40. For a super foot rejuvenator, add some lemon juice to very warm water and soak your feet for some powerful foot relaxation.
41. To help dissolve uric acid (and avoid gout), drink lemon juice and water daily.
42. Lemon juice can kill intestinal worms. Drink the juice of one lemon, mixed with some water, daily.
43. Lemons can improve breathing. The first person to reach the top of Mt. Everest, Edmund Hillary, stated that his success in reaching the top of this mountain was due to his consumption of lemons.
44. Blood vessels are strengthened by the bioflavonoids in lemons, which means it can help to prevent internal hemorrhages and treat high blood pressure.
45. Remove the smell from wooden bowls and spoons by soaking them in some lemon juice and water.
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46. Clean your coffee maker by adding lemon juice and water to the water tank and allowing it to run through its normal cycle. Then run another cycle of plain water, and then wash the pot.
47. Remove odors and stains from plastic storage containers by rubbing them with lemons, then allowing them to dry in the sun.
48. To prevent rice sticking, add one tablespoon of lemon juice to the water while the rice is being cooked. No more clumpy rice!
49. Make a super meat marinade by mixing lemon juice and your favorite oils and herbs. The lemon juice will slightly break down the meat so that your oil and spices can better penetrate it.
50. Stop skin rashes, such as poison ivy, by soaking a cotton ball in lemon juice and applying it directly to the affected area.
51. Ditch those toxic air fresheners. A bowl full of fresh lemons will add a splash of color and add natural fragrance to a room for days.
52. Potassium is super beneficial to the heart and lowers blood pressure by removing salt from the blood stream. Lemons have more potassium than an apple or grapes!
53. Because lemons were once very rare in certain regions of the world, they were often offered as gifts to kings! A few lemons in a pretty bowl or jar tied with a beautiful ribbon are also a great gift for friends!
54. Your liver simply loves lemons! They stimulate the production of bile and help the liver to detoxify itself.
55. Lemons are natural diuretics which can help to flush bacteria and toxins from the body. This means they can help treat edema, arthritis, and rheumatism.
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56. Applying lemon juice to old burns and age spots can help to fade scars and other dark spots on the skin. Try rubbing a cut lemon on your elbows every night before bed.
57. Lemon juice applied to bee stings or bug bites can help ease the sting and itch in minutes.
58. Polish leather and remove grime by mixing two parts of olive oil with one part lemon juice. Rub this mixture on the leather, allow to soak in for 10 or 15 minutes, and then rub with a dry cloth.
59. Ease the pain of a canker sore and help it heal more quickly by gargling or rinsing with a glass of water and the juice of half a lemon. Rinse with clear water afterwards.
60. Get relief from a nasty cough or sore throat by sipping hot lemon water with honey.
61. Mix three parts water with one part lemon juice and mop floors to repel spiders, roaches, and fleas.
62. Revive some limp lettuce by soaking the leaves in a bowl of cold water and the juice of one lemon. Leave this in the fridge for one hour, and then rinse your now crispy lettuce!
63. Whiten those sneakers by spraying them with lemon juice and then letting them sit in the sun for a few hours.
64. Get rid of those ugly yellow underarms stains on clothing by saturating the area with lemon juice, then pouring salt on the area. Rub for a few moments, rinse with water, and then wash as usual.
65. Clean soap scum and hard water stains on your bathroom tile or glass shower door by dipping a half of a cut lemon in baking soda and rub over the glass or tile. Rinse with water afterwards.
Place a lemon peel or two inside your fridge to absorb smells and bring a bright citrus scent. Lemon peel is an effective air freshener and keeps things smelling great.
Throw a few lemon peels in the bottom of the trash can. This will also help absorb odors and keep things smelling fresh.
14. Simmering Stove Top Scents
This idea has been floating around pinterest for some time, and with good reason. You’ll make your house smell heavenly simply by adding lemon peels to simmering water. Throw in some cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels. This adds a wonderful scent and humidifies the air.
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- Author: Sonja Overhiser
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 8 cups 1 x
This cucumber lemon water recipe is ultra refreshing and takes only 5 minutes of hands on time. Fancy drink, done in a flash!
- Wash and thinly slice the lemon and cucumber.
- Add lemon and cucumber slices to bottom of a pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to lightly muddle (mash) them several times to release the juices.
- Add the cold water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, more if time. Flavor is best within 1 day.
Keywords: Cucumber Lemon Water, Cucumber Water, Lemon Water, Cucumber Lemon Water Recipe