The humble lemon can be used in plenty of recipes and dishes, but did you know its purpose goes beyond food, too?
Think about all the places your fruit has been before it reaches your kitchen. Mix some lemon juice, white vinegar and water into a spray bottle and use it to spritz your fruits clean.
NEXT: Sanitizer for your cutting board →
Just rub half a lemon on your cutting board and wash as usual.
NEXT: Whiten your clothes →
Lemon is a natural bleaching agent, and a cup of lemon juice can give your laundry detergent more cleaning power.
NEXT: Whiten your nails →
We all love our gelish nail polish but it can sometimes cause our nails to yellow. Lighten it with some lemon juice mixed into a warm cup of water. Instantly brighter nails!
NEXT: Stop your avocado from browning →
If you’re making guacamole for a party later (Or if you’re not, why?), coat your halved avocado with a sprinkle of lemon to keep it from oxidizing and turning brown.
NEXT: Clear dandruff from your hair →
Add several teaspoons of lemon juice onto your scalp to remove dandruff. Adjust in accordance to your hair needs.
NEXT: Remove stains on plastic containers →
Food left in plastic containers can sometimes leave unsightly ring stains. Lemon them with a mixture of lemon juice and water, and they’ll wash off easily.
NEXT: Disinfect surfaces in your home →
Add several teaspoons of lemon juice to water to clean the surfaces in your house.
NEXT: Use it as a buttermilk substitute →
Mmmm, we like this one. Mix milk and lemon together to get a substitute for buttermilk, and you’re all set for some homemade pancakes for brunch.
NEXT: Whiten your underarms →
Rub half a lemon to your underarms to brighten its tone. P.S. Lemons can also be used to lighten blemishes and age spots!
NEXT: Whiten your teeth →
Add some lemon and baking powder together and rub thoroughly on your teeth for a bright, bright smile.
NEXT: Polish brass and silver →
Mix some lemon juice and salt together and use it as a scrub for your brass or silverware.
NEXT: Freshen your fridge →
If your fridge is starting to stink up, cut half a lemon and leave it in the fridge. And clear out the food that’s gone bad, of course.
NEXT: Add flavour to your rice →
The next time you’re cooking rice, add a little bit of lemon juice to prevent the rice from sticking, and give it a little zesty kick.
NEXT: Freshen up your garbage →
Add a piece of lemon to the bottom of your bin and let it sit for about an hour to absorb the stink. Wash your bin afterwards.
NEXT: Wash your fruits and veggies →
By Atika Lim, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, July 2017
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