20 Alternative Uses for Lemons

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I have wanted a lemon tree for the longest time! Mr. Always told I didn’t need one, since we don’t exactly eat a lot of lemons. So, to prove him wrong, I have come up some alternative uses for lemons! Take That Hubby! lol

Alternative Uses for Lemons

  1. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown – Cauliflower tends to turn brown when cooking. Squeeze a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating to prevent the browning.
  2. Refresh Cutting Boards – To get rid of the smell of chopped onions and garlic and sanitize the cutting board, rub with half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.
  3. Respiratory Problems- Lemon water can reduce phlegm, helping you breath easier.
  4. Keep Ants Out – Squeeze fresh lemon juice on doorjambs, windowsills, and other cracks that ants are getting through.  Also, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. Ants hate the smell of lemons and will stay away.
  5.  Get rid of Fleas and Roaches - Mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with  a 1/2 gallon water and wash your floors with it. Fleas and roaches will run for the hills.
  6.  Anti-Aging – Lemons are packed full of antioxidants, and drinking lemon water helps reduce the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin
  7. Fruit and Veggie Wash – Mix one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice into a spray bottle full of water. Spray your veggies and fruits to disinfect.
  8. Soar Throats  – Salt water not doing the trick? Lemon water can fight throat infections because of its antibacterial property.
  9. New life to your Lettuce – Don’t toss that soggy lettuce out! Place your soggy lettuce in a bowl of cold water and the juice of half a lemon. Place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour, and your lettuce will be nice and crispy again.
  10. Lighten Age Spots – Stop buying those expensive age spot correctors. Take some lemon juice and apply it directly on the age spot, let it sit for 15 minutes and rise off.
  11. Zap Zits – Wipe some lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out. You can also wash your face daily with lemon juice, it is a great cleanser, and because of the antibacterial agents, will help zap zits. After a few days, you will see your skin getting clearer.
  12. Treat Dandruff – Message 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into scalp and rinse with clean water. Repeat daily to get rid of dandruff.
  13. Sooth Poison Ivey – Apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
  14. Wart Remover – Pour lemon juice onto a cotton swab and dab the wart. Do this daily until the wart is gone. The acid in the lemon juice will dissolve the wart.
  15. Polish Brass and Chrome – Make a paste with lemon juice and salt. Rub in onto the tarnished areas, let it sit for 5 minutes. Then polish it off! You can also use a lemon cut in half and rub in directly onto chrome and just rinse it off to remove water spots from shower and sink faucets.
  16.  Give Laundry a boost – Add one cup of lemon juice to laundry for brighter whites, and cleaner clothes.
  17. Remove Mildew – Nothing is worse then unpacking those winter clothes for the season, and see that they are stained with mildew. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt, rub it on the stains, and allow it to dry in the sun. Repeat until stain is gone.
  18. Freshen the Fridge – Dab a cotton ball with lemon juice and place it in the fridge to get rid of odors.
  19. Keep Guacamole Green – Worried about keeping that guacamole green for your party? Sprinkle some lemon juice on top of it to keep it green.
  20. Freshen Breath – Breath not so fresh? Gargle with some lemon juice. The juice levels out the PH in your mouth and kills the bacteria that causes bad breath.


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  1. md kennedy says:

    A comment on #6 – not only is it good for your skin but your innards as well! I add a splash of apple cider vinegar and honey to my warm water and lemon juice in the morning and drink up before I do anything.

  2. Sarah C says:

    I usually use lime juice to keep my guac green – but I have used lemons for copper pots and pans!

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