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When Life Gives You Lemons…

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Aug 29, 2016
When Life Gives You Lemons…

Lemons have long been known for their culinary purposes. From flavoring water to seasoning fish to (of course) making lemonade, the sour fruit is an extremely versatile cooking staple. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, lemons are a healthy addition to any dish.

However, you might be surprised to learn that lemons have many other uses, especially in your kitchen. The citrus is a powerful cleaning agent that can tackle grease and grime on almost any surface or appliance.

The next time life gives you lemons, here’s a list of creative ways to put them to work!

  • Clean a cutting board. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze its astringent juices all over the board. Using the cut lemon half, scrub the surface to remove bacteria.
  • Deodorize your refrigerator. Squeeze the juice from a lemon slice onto a cotton ball and leave the ball in your fridge for several hours.
  • Eliminate unpleasant odors from your trash can. A couple of drops of lemon juice rid your trash can of garbage smells.
  • Sanitize your microwave. Cut up some slices of lemon and put them in a cup with water. Microwave the cup for five minutes. Your microwave will not only smell fresh but the lemon water breaks up stains and help you more easily wipe away spills.
  • Unclog a stopped-up drain. Rinse the drain with boiling water and fill it with a half a box of baking soda. Pour the juice of several lemons over the baking soda and leave for 15 minutes. Pour hot water into the drain to wash the mixture away and it should be running smoothly.
  • Freshen up your dishwasher. Tossing a couple of slices of lemon in your dishwasher should do the trick.
  • Clean counters and dishes. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto counter surfaces (except marble) and dirty dishes. Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda or vinegar, apply to counters and surfaces and scrub vigorously with a sponge.

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