When Life Gives You Lemons…

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Don’t you just love tips and tricks using ordinary household items that do double duty as other things?  I know I do, so here are some of the favorite tricks I found for using lemons…

Beauty and Grooming:

  • Add brightness to your hair, try a fresh lemon rinse.  Strain lemon juice into warm water and rinse through hair.  Rinse again in clear water.
  • Soak your fingernails in lemon juice for 10 minutes, then rinse well with warm water. This will help strengthen and brighten your fingernails.
  • Rinse your hands with lemon juice to get rid of stains after working with berries or other fruit.
  • Try this facial to tone and soften your skin.  Beat 1 large egg white; fold in the juice of half a lemon.  Apply to face and neck.  After 20 minutes, rinse it off with filter, distilled, or bottled water.  Pat dry, then gently apply witchhazel with a cotton ball.
  • For freckles or age spots, dissolve a pinch of sugar in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.  Apply the mixture to each spot with a cotton ball or a tissue.  Repeat every few days until the spots have lightened to your liking.

Cleaning and Odors:

  • As an alternative to furniture polish, mix 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 10 drops of lemon oil and 4 drops of olive oil in a bowl.  Gently apply to furniture with a soft, clean cotton cloth, using circular motions.
  • Remove scratches from a wooden table by mixing equal parts lemon juice and vegetable oil.  Using a soft, clean cotton cloth, gently run in the mixture, Repeat as needed until scratches are gone.
  • Pour lemon juice over silver pieces and polish with a soft Clean cotton cloth to remove tarnish.
  • Make a paste out of lemon juice and salt to the consistency of toothpaste and apply to brass, copper or stainless steel kitchen sinks and sink fixtures to make them shine. Scrub gently, then rinse with clean water.
  • Spills on stove tops and in ovens are no match for this mixture: Make a paste of lemon juice, water, and baking soda.  Apply to spills; let sit 15 minutes. Scrub and rinse with clean water.
  • Add fresh lemon peel to harsh cleaning solutions to give them a lemon-fresh scent as you clean.
  • Make your own air freshener by brewing up: 4 teaspoons lemon juice to 1 quart brewed tea and pour into a spray bottle.  Lightly squirt the mixture wherever odors are a problem.
  • Freshen the air in your kitchen with the simplest of methods. Heat oven to 300 degrees and place a whole, unpeeled lemon on the center rack.  With the door slightly ajar, let the lemon bake 15 minutes; turn off oven. Let lemon cool before removing it.
  • Add 4 teaspoons lemon juice to the water in your humidifier to eliminate stale odors.
  • Toss a little lemon peel in your fireplace for a lovely fragrance when a fire is lit.

I could go on and on but I have to stop somewhere.  Let me know if this is a blog subject you’d like to have continued.  I have a million other tips and tricks for various household staples that I would  love to share with you if you’re interested.

For now and until later,

One Comment

  1. Lots of tips I never heard of before. Keep them coming Renee and thank you.

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