Nothing is quite as refreshing and energizing as the scent of lemons. Sometimes I’ll inhale lemon essential oil for a quick mood booster or have a cup of hot water with lemon slices for a soothing and relaxing hot drink. Lemon juice has so many varied uses, but these are my favorite 5 Practical Uses for Lemons.
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- Whiten laundry: Lemon juice is a great way to whiten and brighten your white laundry. Use the juice of one lemon (about an ounce) in an average size load of laundry. This substitute for harsh bleach works better than a lot of other alternatives I’ve tried.
- Air freshener: Cut a lemon in half and place it anywhere you need help keeping the air in your home fresh. I put one near the cat box and also keep one in the refrigerator to absorb odors. Another way to eliminate odors and freshen the air is to add the juice of one lemon to 1 cup of water and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Simmer the “juice” for a sweet lemony cake smell.
- Deodorant: Lemon juice can be used as a natural deodorant! I read about using lemon juice as a deodorant and I was a little skeptical. But I tried it and it works great. According to an article in Allure magazine, it’s lemon’s citric acid that kills bacteria and odor. Lemon doesn’t, however, have antiperspirant properties so it can’t be counted on to keep you dry. Most of the time I’ve used it, though, it has kept me pretty dry. Not every time, but most.
- Salad dressing: Lemon juice makes for a quick and easy salad dressing. Use 4 parts Olive oil (fat), 1 part lemon juice (acid), 1 part herbs (flavor). Wisk or shake in a jar.
- Flavor enhancer: Poke holes in 1 whole lemon with a fork and place the lemon inside the cavity of a chicken. If you like, place several garlic cloves in the cavity as well. Season with salt and pepper. Coat chicken with Olive oil. The chicken will be flavorful and moist.
If you’re like me and like to buy the big bag of lemons at the grocery store because they’re a much better deal, then you’re always looking for more and new ways to use lemons. Try these 5 Practical Uses for Lemons the next time you pick up a bag. They’re simple, quick, and effective!
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Have you tried any of these lemon uses before? How did it work out for you? How do you use lemons?
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
Lisa’s always involved in one project or another whether it’s work related or serving her community. She also recently went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Lisa tries to make every day a good day—that means learning something new, practicing kindness, and enjoying the present moment.