“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Anyone living the Simple Life has a few things on hand, such as baking soda, vinegar, olive oil, onion, and garlic.
And they use these items in crazy ways: as household cleaners, de-greasers, hinge de-squeakifiers, rust inhibitors, and of course, in cooking.
So here are the most popular ways to use lemon:
1) Cure a cough. A throat elixir made of lemon juice in warm water can cure a cough and a sore throat. Mix in some honey for an extra immune system booster.
2) Remove ink from fabric. Squirt lemon juice on a fresh stain, and then wash in cold water with detergent.
3) Cure dandruff. Wash your hair in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to one cup of water. Rinse and repeat at least once every other day.
4) Zap your blackheads and clear up your skin. Rub lemon juice on your face before bed. Rinse in the morning with cold water.
5) Freshen up your cutting board. Lemon naturally eliminates the smell of acidic food such as garlic or onions. It also cuts odors and grease from fish. Lemon will also reduce stains in your cutting board or counters.
6) Wash your hands. If you’ve been picking berries, painting, or working on your car, lemon juice will remove all traces of the evidence.
7) Brighten your whites. Lemon is a great way to get snowy white laundry. It also eliminates rust stains! Add one cup of lemon juice to your load of laundry as a natural laundry booster.
8) Deodorize your microwave. Microwave 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and one cup of water in a bowl for 5 minutes. The steam will allow you to wipe the residue out of the microwave.
9) Strengthen your fingernails. Give yourself a manicure by rubbing a wedge of lemon on your fingernails. Afterwards, brush with white vinegar dissolved in hot water.
10) Stop bleeding. (note: this is for minor injuries, not major wounds.) Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and press on the affected area.
11) Stop itching. Rub lemon juice on skin that has minor irritation, such as poison ivy.
12) Get rid of odors in your basement. Add 3 or 4 teaspoons of lemon juice to the water in your humidifier.
13) Soften your skin. Rub lemon juice onto foot callouses. Follow up with olive oil.
14) Shine up your metals. Scrub your faucets and handles with a mixture of lemon juice and salt. You can even do this on the interior of your cookware!
15) Keep food fresh. Squirt lemon juice onto lettuce and fruit to keep from browning.
16) Clean your cheese grater. Rub lemon on the grater to clean and freshen.
Originally posted 2011-01-14 10:14:23.
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