Friday, August 28, 2009

Buddy Friday 50 + 1 uses for Lemon Juice

There are all sorts of things you can use lemon juice for, here are some:

1. Mix up a tough solution of lemon juice and tap water, and your stove, countertops and appliances will be shining like new. Pour a quarter of a cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle, then fill it up with tap water. Shake it a few times to mix the solution, then use it to remove stubborn grease.

2. To give your hair a healthy shine, mix up a quarter cup of lemon juice in a cup of water and rinse your hair with it.

3. Disinfect Your Kitchen Cutting Board . You diced up some onion, and then some poultry for tonight's dinner on your cutting board. Once you were done, you washed it in hot, sudsy water, but is your cutting board really clean? If you spray it lightly with pure lemon juice, then rinse it well. Allow the cutting board to dry thoroughly before you put it away, the bacteria- as well as the onion odors- should be gone.

4. Remove Tarnish From Copper and Brass mix up a quarter cup of table salt and just enough lemon juice to make a paste. Then, apply a coating of this onto any tarnished copper or brass pots, pans and other items you may have. Leave the lemon juice/salt paste set for five to ten minutes. Next, wash the item in warm tap water and then rinse it well. Use a soft, clean cloth to buff it dry. If any tarnish remains, repeat the process again.

5. Write with invisible ink. Use a Q-tip as a pen to write in lemon juice on a piece of white paper. Once it dries, hold the paper near a hot light bulb. The writing will turn brown.

6. To remove fruit or berry stains from your hands, rinse hands with lemon juice.

7. Anytime someone in your household gets constipated, just pour two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into an eight-ounce glass of warm water. Drink it in the morning when you first get up. The citrus juice will help regulate your digestive system.

8. Silence a Hacking Cough and Heal a Sore. Simply mix up two teaspoons of lemon juice and a half teaspoon of honey together. Swallow the mixture and you should feel better soon. Repeat the process, if need be, in thirty minutes.

9. Eliminate blackheads, rub lemon juice over blackheads before going to bed. Wait until morning to wash off the juice with cool water. Repeat for several nights until you see a big improvement in the skin.

10. Remove rust and mineral discolorations on cotton t-shirts and briefs, use one cup of lemon juice in the washer.

11. Remove ink spots from clothing, while ink is wet, apply lemon juice liberally to the spot, and then wash the garment in normal cycle with regular detergent in cold water.

12. Remove Sticky Pine Tar From Your Hands with a mixture of lemon juice and table salt. The pine tar come right off!

13. Get rid of dandruff. Apply one tablespoon of lemon juice to your hair. Shampoo, then rinse with water. Rinse again with a mixture of two tablespoons lemon juice and two cups water. Repeat every other day until dandruff disappears.

14. Whiten, brighten, and strengthen fingernails, soak fingernails in lemon juice for ten minutes, then brush with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Rinse well.

15. Relieve poison ivy by applying lemon juice over the affected areas should soothe itching and alleviate the rash.

16. Clean a microwave oven by adding four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup water in a microwave-safe, four-cup bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe clean.

17. Clear up facial blemishes, dab lemon juice on the blemish a few times a day.

18. Poached fish will be firmer and whiter if you add lemon juice to the cooking liquid.

19. Relieve rough hands or sore feet by applying lemon juice, rinse, then massage with olive oil.

20. Stop bleeding and disinfect minor wounds. Pour lemon juice on a cut or apply with a cotton ball.

21. Eliminate odors in your humidifier by pouring three or four teaspoons of lemon juice into the water

22. Train a dog to stop barking, by squirting some lemon juice in the dog's mouth and say "Quiet."

23. Stir a tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of fresh, sweet milk when you need a substitute for sour cream or buttermilk.

24. Discolored socks will look white again if you boil them for a few minutes in a pan of water with a slice of lemon in it.

25. To shine smooth aluminum, rub it with the cut side of a lemon.

26. Rub a lemon wedge over your teeth and tongue to get rid of bad breath.

27. Sip hot water and lemon after a night of drinking to help cleanse the liver and get a boost of Vitamin C.

28. Mix 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 ¼ cup lemon juice and 12 cups water to create your own eco-friendly bleach.

29. Easily remove food residue from copper pans with a combination of salt and lemon

30. To freshen a stinky garbage disposal, slice a medium sized lemon into the disposal and turn on the disposal with running water until the lemon is gone.

31. Combine apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to heal scorched skin. The lemon acts as a disinfectant to help heal the sunburn.

32. To clean grout around tiles, apply lemon juice and water with a toothbrush and scrub.

33. To clean glass shower doors, apply lemon juice with a sponge. Dry with newspapers for a sparkling shine

34. To freshen the air, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into the vacuum cleaner bag before vacuuming.

35. To freshen the air, place a teaspoon of cinnamon over lemon slices and cover with water. Simmer in a saucepan for 15 minutes on medium heat.

36. To make your own furniture polish that is much better for the wood than what you can buy, prepare enough for a single preparation (make fresh each time you use it.) Mix the juice of one lemon, one teaspoon olive oil and a teaspoon of water. Apply a thin coat to furniture and buff to a deep shine.

37. Remove soft cheese or other sticky foods from a grater by rubbing both sides of the grater with the pulp side of a cut lemon.

38. Add half a lemon to the dishwasher load for sparkling spot-free clean smelling dishes.

39. Sliced apples and pears that come into contact with air for too long tend to brown on the outside. To prevent the discolor, sprinkle some lemon juice over the fruit.

40. Fade tea stains on cloth by diluting lemon juice with an equal amount of water. Use an eyedropper or a Q-tip to make sure the juice targets the stain. Thoroughly flush with cool water.

41. Create a wonderful natural air freshener by mixing lemon juice and water in a spray bottle. Also, just placing a half a lemon in a dish can help freshen a room.

42. Remove mildew with lemon Juice - Pour lemon juice on the affected area, and then rub table salt on it. Place the garment in the sun for a couple of hours, and then launder it as usual.

43. Make your own all-purpose cleaning solution. Combine lemon juice, vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

44. To clean drains, mix hot lemon juice and baking soda to clean out and freshen drains. Safe for septic systems.

45. Eliminating stains with Lemon Juice - Soak a sponge in lemon juice and sponge the stain. Rinse the clothing in water, then blot out excess moisture and let the clothing air-dry. Finally, apply a laundry pre-treat solution and wash the garment in warm water. For very stubborn stains, soak the clothing in detergent, for about 45 minutes, and then wash it again.

46. Lemon juice can dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits

47. For chapped lips create a mixture of 1 teaspoon lemon juice and honey and then rub it onto your lips several times a day.

48. When you skin feels dry and it needs rejuvenating or you just want to give it that smooth, clean feeling use a natural skin lotion made from lemon juice. Mix equal amounts of honey, vegetable oil and lemon juice and massage this into and areas that feel dry, especially your hands, face, elbows and feet. Leave the mixture on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

49. Create your own natural face scrub using lemon juice, cold milk and either ground up orange peel or oatmeal. Mix these ingredients together to form a paste and then rub it onto your face, carefully avoiding your eyes. Rinse it off with warm water and then pat dry. This natural face scrub will unclog your pores and leave your skin feeling smooth and fresh.

50. After washing glassware rinse them in water that has a few lemon skins in it. The acid from the lemons will make the glasses sparkle.

51. Create you own hand lotion which you can use as often as you want to need to. Combine 2 parts fresh lemon juice with 3 parts honey and 4 parts almond oil. Massage the mixture into hands and leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with vinegar and water. This completely natural & inexpensive hand lotion will leave your hands feeling silky smooth and can also be stored in a container for up to 3 weeks.

There are a couple of things I wouldn't mind trying. Hope there are a few useful things in there for you to try?

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Kadeeae said...

Another great list, Gill!

I want to print off your 'lists' and put in the household book I'm creating, thanks for all of the info :-)

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful list Gill, thanks for sharing it.