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New Ways to Use Lemons

October 21st, 2011 Bed and Bath

Lemons are nice for adding a bit of extra flavor to certain recipes or even a glass of water, but did you know there are plenty of other useful ways you can use them around the house? Here are a few ideas to try next time you have a few extra lemons lying around, inspired by Real Simple magazine and Bonappetit.com.

1. Clean cutting boards. Wooden cutting boards are very absorbent, which means they stain easily and hold smells. To clean them, just squeeze out a lemon half, then scrub the juice into the board. Let it soak for about 20 minutes, then rinse.

2. Preserving fruit. Fruits like apples turn brown when they're exposed to air, but if you want to slow down the process, just squeeze lemon juice over them.

3. Sanitize your garbage disposal. If there's a lingering smell in your disposal, drop in a lemon half along with some baking soda.

4. Clean the microwave. Just boil a bowl of lemon juice and water in the microwave. It will loosen up dried food and allow you to wipe messes away easily - all with a clean, fresh scent.

5. Use lemon juice in the laundry to whiten up tough stains. Just add half a cup into the washing machine.

6. Shine copper and stainless steel. Whether it's pots or a sink, you can shine them up easily by sprinkling salt onto a lemon half and scrubbing it on the surface.

7. Deodorize. If you have bad smells lingering in your garbage can or refrigerator, soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and leave it in the area for a few minutes.

8. Clean up your hands. If you have food-stained fingers or if you've been cutting onions or garlic, rubbing your digits with lemon will get rid of stains and odor.