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13 Ways You Should Be Using Lemons

posted: 05/04/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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  • They're the perfect fruit.
    They're the perfect fruit.
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    Turn Lemons into...Everything!

    If you’re only using lemons to garnish your ice water, you’re really missing out on all the things these tiny but powerful fruits can do. Lemons are basically a miracle fruit and after reading this list, you’ll be buying bags of lemons to clean with, cook with, and to become part of your beauty regimen. Here are some of our favorite ways to use lemons (other than lemonade).

  • It'll make your greens great.
    It'll make your greens great.
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    Salad SOS

    Save wilted lettuce by adding the juice from half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Toss the soggy lettuce in and refrigerate for one hour. Your lettuce will bounce back and be perfect for your salad!

  • Get rid of B.O.
    Get rid of B.O.
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    Natural Odor Relief

    Lemon juice makes a great natural deodorant. Just rub a little lemon juice on your underarms and allow to dry. Just make sure you don’t apply right after shaving. Ouch!

  • We'll toast to that!
    We'll toast to that!
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    Avoid Red Wine Teeth

    If you’ve been enjoying red wine, you know that the dreaded “red wine” mouth is not attractive. Get the red wine stains off your teeth and lips by sucking on a piece of lemon. Just be sure to rinse your mouth with water before your next glass of cabernet.

  • A proven odor remover.
    A proven odor remover.
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    Get Rid of Stinky Trash Cans

    Make garbage duty less of a dirty and stinky job by tossing a few lemon peels in the bottom of the garbage can. The lemon will help to deodorize the can until the next time you take the trash out.

  • No-fuss cleanup.
    No-fuss cleanup.
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    A Cleaner Kitchen

    If your garbage disposal is starting to smell, make ice cubes out of lemon peels and water. Toss a few into the disposal and turn it on. The ice will help to sharpen the blades, and the lemon will clean, disinfect, and deodorize the disposal.

  • Skip the store.
    Skip the store.
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    A Buttermilk Swap

    If a recipe calls for buttermilk, there’s no need to run to the store. Just add one tablespoon of lemon juice for every cup of milk and let it sit for 15 minutes for instant buttermilk.

  • Don't spend money on pricey products.
    Don't spend money on pricey products.
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    An Anti-Blemish Fix on the Cheap

    You don’t need expensive chemicals to lighten dark spot or blemishes on your skin. Add a little lemon juice to the area every day and let it sit for 15 minutes. You’ll start to see results in just a few weeks.

  • So fresh and so clean.
    So fresh and so clean.
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    Get Rid of Odors

    Keep a lemon around when you’re cooking to remove berry stains from your skin or to get rid of the smell of crab, fish, or lobster from your hands. A little bit of lemon juice goes a long way!

  • Fresh laundry made fast.
    Fresh laundry made fast.
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    A Better Bleach

    Ditch the bleach and use lemon juice the next time you’re washing a load of whites. Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your whites to remove stains and brighten the clothes.

  • Simmer scents for the win.
    Simmer scents for the win.
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    Make Your Home Smell Great

    Freshen the air in your whole house by placing lemons in water in a large pot on the stove. Let the lemons simmer for several hours and your whole house will smell better. You can even toss in some rosemary for a great scent. Try these recipes.

  • Try it at home!
    Try it at home!
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    Help for Dry Skin

    Got rough elbows or knees? Cut a lemon in half, add a few drops of baby oil on your skin, and rub the lemon in your skin. Moisture with lotion or oil afterwards for smooth, hydrated skin.

  • Get your best hair, ever.
    Get your best hair, ever.
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    A Free Hair Treatment

    Turns out lemon juice can used for more than au natural highlights! Get rid of product buildup (and potentially dandruff) and add shine to your hair by rinsing your hair with 1/2 cup lemon juice and a two cups of water. Shampoo and condition after the rinse.

  • Say goodbye to discoloration.
    Say goodbye to discoloration.
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    Help Your Nails

    If you left your dark nail polish on your nails too long, soaking your nails in a bowl of lemon juice will remove dark nail polish stains and any other nail discoloration. Just be sure you don’t have any scrapes or cuts on your fingers.