Awesome Uses Of Lemon

When life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. But what to do with finishes? Besides adding lemons to drinks there are a lot of ways to use lemons in your home. So don’t toss all those lemon peels and put them to work.




Here’s every single way you can use lemons:

Clean greasy messes

Have you got anything Greasy or splattered stove tops? If your kitchen has been the victim of some sloppy sautéing, try to use lemon halves before taking out possibly toxic chemical cleaners. Add some salt for abrasion on a juiced lemon half and rub on the greasy areas, wipe up with a towel. Be careful while using lemon on marble counter tops, or any kind of surface that may be sensitive to acid.

Clean coffee pot or tea kettle 

For cleaning mineral deposit that is build up in the tea kettle, fill it with water, add a handful of thin slices of lemon peel and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and leave it for one hour, drain and rinse well. For coffee pots, add salt, ice and lemon rinds to the empty pot; swish and swirl for one or two minutes, dump and rinse.

Clean the microwave

All it needs is one exploding bowl of food to render the gunk interior of the microwave, sometimes with cement like properties. Instead of using strong chemical cleaners, try to add lemon rinds to a microwave safe bowl filled halfway with cold water. Cook on high for five minutes, in order to boil the water and the steam to condense on the walls and tops of the oven. Remove the hot bowl carefully and clean away the dirt with a towel.

Deodorize the garbage disposal

Use lemon peels to deodorize the garbage disposal and make your kitchen smell freshly at the same time. It is a quick way to finally dispose of spent lemon peels after you have used them for any of these reasons.

Polish chrome and copper

A halved lemon dipped in salt or baking powder can be used to brighten copper ware, as well as brass, stainless or chrome steel. Put a juiced lemon half in salt, you can also use cream of tartar or baking soda instead of the salt and rub on the affected area. Let it stay on for ten minutes. Then rinse in warm water and polish dry.

Keep insects out

Many pests hate the acid of lemon. You can chop of the peels and place them along thresholds, windowsills, and near any holes or cracks where ants or pests can be entering.




Make a scented humidifier

If your house suffers from dry heat in the winter, you should put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on the lowest stove top setting to humidify and scent the air.

Refresh cutting boards

Because of lemon’s low pH, it has antibacterial properties that makes lemon a good choice for refreshing cutting boards. After proper disinfecting rub the surface with a halved lemon, let it sit for a few seconds and then rinse.

Lighten age spots

A lot of folk remedies suggest using lemon peel to help lighten age spots. You should apply a small piece to the affected area and leave on for one hour.

Soften dry elbows

Take a half lemon sprinkled with baking soda on elbows, just place the elbow in the lemon and twist the lemon as if you are juicing it for more than ten minutes. Rinse and dry.

Use on the skin

Lemon peels can be very lightly rubbed on your face for a nice skin tonic, then rinse. Always be careful around your eyes.

Make a sugar scrub

Mix a half cup of sugar with finely chopped lemon peel and enough olive oil to get a paste. Wet your body in the shower, turn off the water and massage sugar mix all over your skin, rinse, but be soft.




Awesome Uses Of Lemon




 

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Get even more thorough with your cleaning, while saving time in the long run.

1. Hang your brooms and mops instead of storing them on the floor.

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This keeps them from getting mildewed and bent.

2. Use slow cooker liners.

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You know these things are a pain to clean.

3. Make the steel plate on your iron smooth and shiny again.

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All you need is salt. Get the directions here.

4. Remove any carpet stain (and anything off a mattress as well).

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5. Use an iron to remove REALLY stubborn stains from carpet.

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6. Use Pledge to really clean your stainless steel.

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Your fridge is so bright, you gotta wear shades. Get the full instructions here.

7. Invest in a “Purifying Light Sanitizing Cutting Board System.”

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It costs $129 but just think of all the germs from old food that could be embedded in your cutting boards.

8. Clean your clean machine: the washer.

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This page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine.

9. Use a dish scrubber filled with dish soap to clean the gunk off your cabinets.

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So much faster than using a toothbrush.

10. To kill the germs and viruses that have gathered on your nasty sponges, microwave on high for 2 minutes and let cool.

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Note: This only works for non-metal sponges!

11. When your toaster gets all sticky and gunky…

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Use a few drops of water, cream of tartar, and a sponge to get your stainless steel appliances looking brand new again.

Now watch this video on how to clean the INSIDE of the toaster.

12. Clean your sink drain.

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Your sink drain is home to some of the grimiest dirt and germs. Get directions on how to use baking soda, a toothbrush, and citrus fruits to get your sink smelling and looking fresh.

13. Clean your window tracks.

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Dip a q-tip in white vinegar and run it along the track. For more window cleaning tips, check out Ask Anna.

14. Refresh your mattress.

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Once you sprinkle the ingredients on, you’ll also need to vaccuum the bed. Get the full instructions here.

Hint: you can also use fabric softener instead of lavender oil if you DON’T want to do this the all-natural way.

15. Keep baseboards clean with fabric softener.

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16. Dust first, then vacuum.

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That way you can vacuum up all the fallen dust. On a sidenote, did you know that dust is made up of 80% human skin?

17. Clean your candles with pantyhose.

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It’ll get the dust off.

18. Unscrew light bulbs and wipe off with a microfiber cloth.

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Dust builds up on those things.

19. Rub a faucet with waxed paper to prevent water spots and finger prints.

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You can also remove mineral deposits easily with white vinegar.

20. Snip off a slice of a Magic Eraser and drop it in the toilet.

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Let it float overnight and it’ll remove any toilet ring. No scrubbing! No one wants to be touching toilet germs, not even with gloves on.

21. Use Resolve to get your grout back to white.

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Claire over at It’s the Little Moments discovered (via her husband) that Resolve completely lifts up the old grime.

22. Keep a Scotch Brite dishwand in the shower filled with 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 dishwashing detergent.

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This will make it easy and convenient to wipe down the walls while you’re in the shower.

23. Deep clean your water bottles if they’ve started to smell a little moldy.

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Use a vinegar or a very weak bleach solution if your water bottle isn’t dishwasher-safe (or if you don’t own a dishwasher). Get the directions here.

24. Clean your hairbrushes if you really want a good hair day.

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Get the full directions here.

25. Clean old paintings with a bagel cut in half.

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Get the full directions here.

26. Clean blinds with an old sock.

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Get the full directions here.

27. While cleaning the bathroom, fill the tub up with a couple of inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap.

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Heating up the bathroom 10 degrees above the normal air temperature “doubles the effectiveness” of alkaline cleansers. It’s a trick hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least 5-7 minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent build-up.

28. Cut a hole in a cloth napkin to make dust covers for coats and vests.

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29. Use foil in your George Foreman grill or panini maker to prevent mess.

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Electrical appliances are a pain to clean, and you can’t just dunk the whole thing in soapy water. Prevent disgusting drips and messes by either covering the insides of the grill with foil, or wrapping the item you want to grill in foil.

30. Use WD-40 to erase scuff marks on floors.

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31. Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid into the detergent cup of your dishwasher.

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It’ll remove lime deposits and iron stains.

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Cream of tartar is another natural cleaning agent. Get more tips on how to use cream of tartar here.

And here’s an effective but natural recipe for Martha Stewart’s Tub Scrub.

32. Start cleaning out your dryer vents.

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You’ll prevent fires by cleaning out the dryer vent every six months. Get the full directions here.

33. Behold, the sanitizing vacuum cleaner.

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It’s $120 from Verilux. They also sell a UV sanitizing wand that kills E. coli, dust mite eggs, and other germs and allergens.

34. Use a solution of 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 baking soda to remove sticky residues.

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It’s the non-chemical equivalent of Goo Gone.

35. Wax your vents with car wax to keep the dust off all year.

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36. Know your uses for vinegar and natural cleaning agents.

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If you’re paranoid about chemicals, white vinegar is an ideal alternative. It kills 99% of bacterias, 82% of molds and more than 80% of viruses. You can use it with tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda to increase its antibacterial effectiveness. However, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar should be applied separately, not mixed together. Also, don’t use vinegar in your microwave or oven — your kitchen will smell like vinegar for days when using those appliances. And never mix bleach with vinegar in hopes of amplifying the cleaning power — it creates a dangerous chemical reaction.

37. The ultimate organization tip: anything and everything should have a place.

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This seems to be the #1 organization tip from neat freaks: everything you own should have a place to be put away, and should always be put back to that place after use. Sounds simple, but it’s a practice that takes getting used to if you’re an inherently messy person.

For more tips read this: http://sketchysloth.com/101-tips-clean-everything-home-beyond/