The saying goes something like, “When life hands you lemons make lemonade”. I don’t actually like lemonade because it gives me heartburn. However, I do love to add lemon to food and drinks especially water. Adding lemons to your food goes a long way. Not only are lemons anti-microbial (which means they help to rid your food of unfriendly bacteria), but they also help to digest your meal and help to give your food a little zing! Lemons are also handy for multiple purposes around the house. I usually have a few extras, so rather than waste them I put them to use.
Hint: The best lemons are those that have smooth, oily skins and are heavy for their size. They should be bright yellow with no green tinges. Lemons will keep for up to a week at room temperature, two to three weeks refrigerated. Lemon zest (peel) can be frozen for months.
Here are some useful tips for multi-purpose use:
Chopping Board (My favourite use)
Rub lemon juice into your wooden chopping board, leave overnight and then rinse. Wood chopping boards appear to have anti-bacterial properties anyway, but the lemon will help kill off any remaining bacteria and neutralize odors.
The smell of fish can linger on your hands, even after scrubbing with soap – rubbing your hands with lemon juice will neutralize the smell and leave your hands smelling wonderful.
All purpose cleaner
Equal amount of lemon juice and water added to a spray bottle is an effective kitchen and bathroom cleaner and can also be used on walls (spot test first).
A small amount of lemon juice can also be added to vinegar based cleaning solutions to help neutralize the smell of the vinegar.
For bleaching purposes, add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to your washing machine’s rinse cycle and hang clothes outside to dry.
Glass and mirrors
4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with half a gallon of water makes an effective window cleaner.
To lighten hair, dampen it with lemon juice and sit out in the sun for an hour. This does work.
I’ve read that the juice of a lemon mixed with one cup warm water makes for a great hair conditioner. It should be allowed to stay in your hair for a few minutes then washed off. Exercise caution if you have a sensitive scalp.
So, when life hands you lemons use them!