8 Unusual Uses for Lemons
Lemons are essential to add that special flavor to our favorite foods, but they also happen to be amazing as a natural remedy, they can treat a cold and also whiten your clothes and make them look brand new:
Below there’s a list of 8 uses for lemons, after reading this you are going to want to load up your kitchen with them.
1-TAKE AWAY BAD ODORS
-Refrigerator: by soaking a sponge in lemon juice and place it inside the fridge it will absorb odors.
– House scent: the citrus smell takes away all bad smells, in winter place them by the heater and let them dry, it will give your house a fresh scent.
2- REMOVE TARNISH
Make a mix of paste of lemon juice and salt.
Let it sit for five minutes, then rinse with warm water, dry it with a dry towel and it will remove tarnish.
-No bleach required: Add a quarter-cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle when washing white laundry, and then hang the clothes and let it dry under the sun.
-Remove stains: even the hardest ones like wine and tomato. Hand wash as much as you can the stained are, then put lemon juice on it, sprinkle with salt and then rub the salt in, then put the item in the wash.
4- PREVENT FOODS FROM TURNING BROWN
Potatoes and cauliflower: by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into the cooking water, they wont turn brown after boiling.
Fresh guacamole squeezes about 2 lemons over it and it will remain fresh and green, also the lemon flavor gives the guacamole a more delicious taste.
White apples: sprinkle some lemon juice on apple slices, and they’ll stay white and fresh.
5- SORE THROAT
The combination of lemon and honey is the best homemade remedy for sore throat due to the fact that lemon clears congestion, while the honey soothes inflamed tissue.
Homemade cough syrup:
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of honey
1 cup of warm water
6- CLEAN GREASY DISHES
Scrub away grease and stains with a mix of salt vinegar and lemon juice.
Degreasing dish detergent:
1/3 cup liquid dish soap
1/3 cup distilled water
½ lemon juice
Stir all ingredients and put into a jar with a screw top.
Temperature of: 120F
7- REPEL INSECTS WITHOUT PESTICIDES
The intense scent citrusy scent will repel Ants, fleas, moths, cockroaches and other insects put a sachet of dried lemon peels in your closet, squeeze fresh lemon juice onto windowsills and doors also in the cracks between appliances and walls.
8- BRITTLE WHITE AND STRONG FINGERNAILS
On bare nails start by coating your fingernails with olive oil, then wash your hands and finally soak your fingernails in full-strength lemon juice for a minute or two. Soft nails can become stronger by adding a mix of cider vinegar and lemon juice.
SOURCE: natural remedies for a healthy living, readers digest, 2011.