Fifty Seven Great Uses for Lemons

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The lemon tree blooms and produces fruit all year-round. One lemon tree can produce anything from 500 to 600 pounds of lemons each year.

All through the ages, this citrus fruit has been utilized for an assortment of non-culinary functions: such as, toothpaste, a remedy for epilepsy, a scurvy deterrent, a bleaching agent and as an invisible ink.

Although no one really knows where lemons originally come from, they are now cultivated in temperate climates all over the world, with Arizona and California producing 95% of the whole U.S. lemon crop.

Aromatic and Juicy, this extremely acidic, fruit can bring out the flavours in sweet and savoury dishes, and that is the reason why the lemon nearly always has the supportive role in the kitchen  not the main one.

But, we must stop downgrading this fruit to the rim of our gin glass and give this citrus fruit the respect that it deserves – because the lemon is also a serious freshening and cleaning source of power.

You can use lemons to clean just about anything, but there are some things that they are not suitable for – such as anything that is brass plated. (Not 100% brass) So do not clean anything that is brass plated with the juice of a lemon because the juice will damage the brass plating. Apart from that here is a list of things that can be safely cleaned with lemon juice. (If Salt is needed in any of these tips, just use ordinary table salt.)

Table of Contents

Uses for Lemons, Insect Repellent

Uses for Lemons, to Clean Metal

Uses for Lemons, in the Kitchen

Uses for Lemons, Round the House

Uses for Lemons, Health, Hygiene and Beauty

Some Interesting Facts about Lemons

The following is a list of 57 uses for lemons. These 57 tips will help clean and freshen your home, brighten up your laundry, and improve your hair, nails and skin.

Once you have read the following list, you’ll probably want to stock up with at least several lemons in your fridge freezer that you can use 24-7.

Quick tip: First soften the lemon to make the lemon easer to juice. Roll the fresh lemon, with steady pressure, under the palm of your hand on the kitchen work-top, do this a few times until it starts to get soft.

Lemons will keep for about a week or two at room temperature.

To make your lemons last longer put them in a plastic bag and sprinkle them with water, then refrigerate. They will then last for about a month, or more

Uses for Lemons, Insect Repellent

1. To rid Your Home of Insects:

Numerous insects are extremely responsive to smell, insect like ants, spiders, fleas and of course the toughest insects of them all, cockroaches; to stop these little “darlings” overrunning your home squirt some lemon juice into any cracks that you can see, squirt some around the threshold of doors and around windowsills, and along baseboards.

2. To Keep Away Spiders and Mosquitoes:

Put some fresh lemon rind on window sills and in dark corners, this will keep away spiders and the more bothersome mosquitoes.

3. A Great Insect Repellent for Stored Clothing:

If you would like your closet to smell nice, and be free from annoying moths and insects, all you need to do is to get a large lemon and puncture some holes all over it with a nail or some other sharp object.

Then push some cloves into these holes. Then leave the lemon to dry outside for about 4 days or a week in the sun (depending what the weather conditions are in your area).

When the lemon has entirely dried out it will be an ecological insect repellent. Now you can put it in you r wardrobe, or anywhere that you have stored clothing in.

Not only will it keep insects away, but also it will take the stale smell that comes from storing clothes.

4. How to Keep Insects Out of Your Kitchen:

Put about 2 litters (1/2 gallon) of warm water in a mop bucket and the juice of 4 lemons as well as their skins and mix it up. Then mop the floor with the concoction. Fleas and roaches will instantly run off because they can’t stand the smell.

Uses for Lemons, to Clean Metal

5. To Clean Copper:

Take half a lemon and dip the flesh side into some salt. Now go over the tarnish area with the lemon in a circular motion, while squeezing some juice out. Dip the lemon back into the salt every time you think it needs more salt. Continue this process until the tarnish is polished off the item. Then rinse the residue off with warm water and dry with a cloth. You can degrease copper and stainless steel pots and pans with this method also.

6. Cleaning Solid Brass

Remember to never use lemon juice, or anything that is acidic, on any item that has been brass plated because the acidity will damage the item. You can only use lemon juice on solid brass.

If you want to test if an item is solid brass then get a magnet – you can use a refrigerator magnet if you want to. Put the magnet on the item to be tested, if the magnet falls of then it is solid brass because brass is not magnetic.  If the item is brass plated the magnet will stick because what is underneath the plating is probably cast iron or steel.

To clean solid brass use the same process as for copper -half a lemon dipped in salt and rub the lemon on the tarnished area in a circular motion until clean. And then rinse well with warm water.

Remember to be cautious with antiques. First always try-out a small spot before you start polishing away.

7. You Can Shine Chrome Faucets:

Just make a paste out of salt and lemon and smother the faucets with the concoction and scour with a scouring cloth and rinse and dry.

8. Brighten Aluminium Pans and Pots:

You can brighten up your dull aluminium cooking utensils by rubbing half a cut lemon over them inside and out and then rinsing with warm water and buffing up with a soft clean cloth.

Uses for Lemons, in the Kitchen

9. Great for Killing Germs, Cleaning Stains and getting rid of smells on Cutting Boards:

Put some full strength lemon juice on the stain and leave for a few minutes. Then put some more juice on the stain and rub it into the stain in a circular motion until the stain disappears, then rinse and dry.

To get rid of the smell of crushed garlic, onions and fish and also to aid in the sanitation of your cutting board, cut a lemon in half and rub the board all over with the cut side of the lemon. Then rinse with hot water and dry.

10. Clean Around Bathroom and Kitchen Tiles:

Use a toothbrush and some undiluted lemon juice to clean the grout around tiles and in the process kill germs.

11. Great for Cleaning Mineral Deposits:

Clean mineral deposits in a coffee pot or a tea pot. Boil slices of lemon in the pot.  Then leave the fusion in the pot for about two hours then rinse out.

12. Clean Discoloured Utensils:

Dip a clean cloth in undiluted juice and then rub the discoloured area, then rinse with some warm water.

13. Use Lemon Juice as a Fridge-Freezer Freshener:

You can get rid of any bad smells from your fridge-freezer easily. All you need to do is to dab some lemon juice on a sponge or a cotton ball and just leave it in the fridge for few hours. Remember to find out what caused the smell in the first place.

14. Degrease the Garbage Disposal:

Put a few lemons down the garbage disposal to clean/degrease and to keep it fresh and odour free.

15. Eradicating Stains from Tupperware:

Squeeze fresh lemon juice into the Tupper-ware then add some baking soda. Now use a slightly abrasive cloth and work the lemon and soda into the stain or stains. If the staining is bad then cover it with the lemon and soda concoction and leave it overnight then try again.

16. To Clean Stains on Laminated kitchen Work tops:

Cut a lemon in half, and then squeeze it onto the work top. With a slightly abrasive cloth, work the juice over the affected area in a circular motion. Continue this process until success is achieved. You will find that the citric acid will not take long to work in removing the stains. When success is achieved wipe the work top with warm water.

17. The Removal of Microwave Odour and Cleaning:

Just fill a cup 3/4 full with water and add two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Put the mixture in the microwave and heat until boiling. Do not open the microwave door for about 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes are up, just wipe up any old food fragments with a clean dry cloth and then dry.

18. Degrease grates and grills:

Mix some salt and lemon juice together to make a solution; then just scrub away with a scouring pad. Rinse with warm water and dry.

19. To Eradicate Bad smells from Kitchen Utensils:

To get rid of bad smells from kitchen utensils made of wood such as rolling pins, cutting boards, or bowls, just rub the utensil with a portion of lemon. There is no need to rinse as the wooden utensil will soak up the lemon juice.

20. To Refresh the Humidifier:

If your humidifier starts to really smell, you can easily deodorize it with lemon juice. Just pour 2 table spoons into the water. The lemon juice will remove the bad smell so that your home will smell lemon-fresh. Repeat every few weeks to stop the smell from coming back.

21. Clean Cheese Graters easily:

Just dip half a lemon in table salt and run it over the cheese grater. The citric acid from the lemon combined with the salt, will act as an acidic scrubber that will break down cheese fat and most other kinds of foods also.

22. To Stop Cauliflower and Potatoes from Becoming Brown:

Cauliflower and Potatoes are inclined to go brown when you boil them: to stop this from happening, just squeeze half a lemon into the water when cooking. This works with any white vegetables.

23. To Make Soggy Lettuce Nice and Crisp Again:

There is no need to throw away your soggy lettuce because you can still use it in a salad with the aid of some lemon juice. Just add to a cold bowl of water the juice of a whole lemon and then put the lettuce in the bowl then put the whole lot in the refrigerator for about an hour. Then use, but make sure that the lettuce is completely dry before putting into sandwiches or salads.

24. To Stop Rice from Sticking and Turning Into an Inedible Mess:

Just add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the water when it has started to boil. When the rice has cooked, let it then cool for a couple of minutes, and then fluff the rice up with a fork before putting on the plate.

25. To Keep Your Guacamole Nice and Green:

If you don’t want your guacamole to turn brown before your family and friends arrive for your party then just sprinkle a generous amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice all over it. This will guarantee that it will stay green and fresh.

The lemon flavour is a natural accompaniment to the avocados that are in guacamole.

Also if you are making a fruit salad with apples in it then just sprinkle the salad with lemon juice and it will keep the apple slices ivory white.

26. A Wash to Disinfect Vegetables and Fruits:

You can never tell what kind of dirt or germs that may be on the skin of vegetables, or fruits that you buy from the supermarket, or grocer. Natural lemon juice is a disinfectant.

If you have a spray bottle you can squeeze a whole lemon and put the juice into the bottle. Then you can spray your vegetables and fruits to cleanse them from germs; an extra bonus also is that the wash will leave your vegetables and fruits smelling lovely as well.

Uses for Lemons, for Laundry:

27. Great for Removing Stains on Fabrics:

One of the most popular uses for lemons is stain removal. Mildew, wine, oil, berries and sweat, almost anything that can leave a stain on cloth can be eradicated by our old friend, lemon juice. Fabrics that are hard-wearing can be cleaned with a paste of salt and lemon juice. The flimsier kinds of fabrics will need a lighter touch, so you can saturate the stain with some lemon juice, and then wash it out with warm water.

28. Clean White Cotton Clothing:

Get dirty white cotton underwear, socks and tops white again just by putting them in a boiling pan with a few slices of lemon and covering them in water and then boiling.

29. Eradicate Nasty Underarm Marks and Stains:

There is no need for you to pay costly bills for your dry-cleaning anymore just to get rid of underarm stains from your shirts or dresses: simply use this home-base trick. All you need to do is scrub the area that is stained on your dress or shirt with equivalent parts water and lemon juice then rinse out with warm water. The pits of your dress or shirt will look as new.

30. To Whiten Your White Clothes:

If you would like to have your white clothes a little bit more whiter, just add the juice of a whole lemon – undiluted – to your washing water. After the wash the clothes will look a lot brighter as well as having a refreshing fragrance.

31. Increase the Power of Your laundry Detergent:

Use lemon juice if you want a stronger cleaning performance: just add a cup of the stuff into your washing machine while washing. The inherent bleaching qualities of the juice will obliterate stains and eradicate mineral streaks from cotton briefs and T-shirts as well as giving your clothing a lemon fresh smell.

32. To Rid Clothing of Mildew:

To rid any clothing from mildew just make a paste of salt and lemon juice and then rub the paste on the stained area. Put the stained garment, or garments out-side to dry in the sun: once dry, repeat until the stain has vanished then rinse with warm water and dry.

 Uses for Lemons, Round the House

33. A Great Glass Cleaner:

Hard water stains and other marks on your window glass can be got rid of with lemon juice. Dap a sponge in some lemon juice and apply to the affected area rubbing in a circular motion until clean. Wipe the juice off with some newspaper for a really transparent finish to your windows. You can also spray the juice on the glass if you want to.

34. Lemon Furniture Polish:

You can concoct some furniture polish easily, by mixing 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice.

35. Use Lemon Juice as a Paint Remover:

To get rid of paint, that has dried, on glass, smear some hot lemon juice over the affected area with a soft clean cloth. Then leave until almost dry, and then just wipe the paint off.

36. Eradicate Hard to Get Rid of Stains on Marble:

Most people think of marble as stone, but the fact is it is not stone but petrified calcium. And that explains its porosity and why it is so easily damage and stained. A lot of the stains on marble can be very stubborn and hard to get rid of. If washing has no effect on the stain, you can try this: slice a lemon in half, then dip the visible flesh into some ordinary table salt, then rub the salted lemon on the stained area vigorously, in a circular motion. Remember the acid in a lemon can damage marble so use this method as a last resort only.

37. Eradicate Fireplace Odour:

There is nothing pleasanter than a nice blazing fire in the fireplace on a freezing winter’s night.  Except, that is, if the fire just happens to have an awful smell. To stop any unpleasant smell taking over the room, burn some lemon peel with the firewood.

38. Restore Hardened Paint Brushes:

Boil lemon juice and then dip the paint brush into the boiling juice. Then lower the heat and just leave the brush in the juice for 15 minutes, after 15 minutes wash the brush in warm soapy water.

39. To Restore Rust Stained Surfaces:

First sprinkle the affected area liberally with salt; then squeeze a freshly cut lemon over the rusty area.  Now, let this concoction sit over-night. The lemon juice and salt combination will draw out the rust from the stained area.

40. Use Lemon juice to Freshen Your Toilet Bowl:

Just put half a cup of fresh lemon juice in the toilet bowl and then scrub with a toilet brush.

41. Sanitize Your Earrings:

Put your earrings in a saucer and squeeze the juice over them, leave them there for a while.

Then rinse with warm water and leave to dry.

42. To Polish Chinaware:

Use salt, two parts to one part lemon juice to polish chinaware and give it its original sheen. Then rinse with warm water and dry.

43. Eradicate Scratch marks on furniture:

Eradicate scratches on your furniture by just mixing equal amounts of salad oil (such as sunflower oil) and lemon juice and rubbing it on to the scratch marks with a clean soft cloth.

44. To Reduce the Stench of a Cat litter box:

There is no need to use an air freshener spray to defuse unpleasant odours that come from the cat litter box. Just cut two lemons in half and put them in a dish with the cut side up, in the room where the cat-box is and before long the air will have a nice lemon fragrance. This also works for the toilet.

45. Use Lemon Juice as a Weed Killer:

Remember, lemon juice will kill any plant that you spray it on, so make sure you don’t accidentally spray it on your lawn or flowers.

To kill weeds, just cover them in the juice. Within a few days they will have shrivelled away.

Uses for Lemons, Health, Hygiene and Beauty

 46.To Eradicate Warts:

If you have tried various home remedies to get rid of warts and all in vain, then try this remedy. Apply some lemon juice with cotton wool directly on to the wart. Do this each day until the acids in the juice have eradicated the wart completely.

47. To Soothe a Poison Ivy Rash:

If you ever get poisoned by poison ivy don’t worry, just dap some lemon juice on to the rash to sooth the itching and relieve the affected area.

48. A treatment for Dandruff:

If you suffer from scaly, itchy dandruff and you have to constantly scratch your head then thankfully help may be as near as your fridge-freezer. To sooth the itchiness, massage three tablespoons of lemon juice into the scalp and then rinse with warm water. Then get a cup of water and stir one tablespoon of juice into it and then rinse your hair with the concoction. Do this each day until the dandruff has vanished.

49. To Soften Scaly, dry elbows:

For better looking and non-itchy elbows, try mixing lemon juice and baking soda to produce a paste.

Now, just rub the paste it into your dry elbows for a smoothing and soothing exfoliating remedy.

50. To Eradicate Berry Stains:

If you have been picking wild berries and find you can’t get the berry stains off your fingers then next time use straight lemon juice to wash your hands. Then give it a few minutes and then use soapy warm water to wash them. Repeat this until the stains have vanished from your hands.

51. To Disinfect Scrapes and Cuts:

To disinfect small scraps and cuts apply lemon juice with some cotton wool directly on to the area and hold in place for about a minute.

52. To Alleviate Sore Feet and Rough Hands:

Rinse your hands or feet with a concoction of equal amounts of water and lemon juice, then rub with olive oil and pat dry with a soft towel.

53. Use Lemon Juice to Cleanse your Face:

Get rid of blackheads naturally. Just dab some juice on them with cotton wool to draw them out. Your complexion should improve after a few days of using the juice. Remember lemon juice can be harsh on some skins so it is best to dab a little bit on first. Being and acid do not go into the sun while you have lemon juice on your face as it could cause blisters by reacting with the sun.

 52. To Strengthen Your Nails and Whiten Yellowing ones:

Mix a little lemon juice and olive oil together and then rub the solution into your nails. Do this every day until you see results.

53. For an Anti-bacterial Gargle:

Just squeeze one whole lemon into a glass and add an equal amount of water and gargle.

54. Eliminate Toxins and Ease Aches:

Drink a glass of warm water, in the morning, at noon and then at night, with half a lemon squeezed into it. This ritual can help in eradicating any toxins you may have in the body as well as easing aches.

55. To Help with Throat and Mouth Problems:

To eradicate bad breath or to soothe a sore throat, just gargle with a table spoon of lemon juice in a tea cup of warm water.

56. To Help Alleviate Toothaches:

The citric acid in a lemon can help sooth a toothache. But, remember using lemon juice to ease the pain of a toothache is no substitute for seeing your dentist.

Subjecting your tooth to constant contact with citric acid isn’t a wise long-term policy because the citric acid in a lemon will start to erode the tooth enamel: thus, weakening the tooth even more.

But if you are in pain from a toothache and need a quick remedy to alleviate the pain until your dental appointment then put a slice of lemon directly on to the painful area. You can also try mixing a little salt and lemon juice and applying it to the painful area.

57. Lemon Water Cleanses the Blood:

Most people consume food that has a lot of preservatives in it, or just plain junk food with artificial flavours. The result is that the body and blood builds up a great amount of toxins. But you can remedy this by drinking everyday a class of warm water with some lemon juice added, this will aid in purifying the blood.

Some Interesting Facts about Lemons

1. Did you know that the lemon is one of the top sources for potassium? Potassium can help to stabilize blood pressure, help to stimulate clear thinking and with the help of sodium regulates the water balance of the body.

2. A whole lemon has 4 calories for every tablespoon of juice it has and just a trace of sodium.

3. Fashionable ladies during the Renaissance would use lemon juice on their lips to make them more red and voluptuous.

4. Arizona and California produce 95 per cent of the total U.S. lemon crop.

5. Lemon trees can grow between 10-20 feet.

6. Lemons are high in Vitamin C, and so can inhibit scurvy, which is an illness that causes aching joints, loose teeth and bleeding gums.  Scurvy was a commonplace illness among sailors of old that where stuck on ships for months.

Even today, the British Royal Navy expects every ship to have enough lemons on board so that all crew members can have an ounce of lemon juice daily.

7. Lemons are mother-nature’s primary supplier of citric acid, an acid that is essential for life and is found in the cells of all living beings.

8. The most common types of lemons are Lisbon, Eureka and Meyer.

9. The top producers of lemons are India, China, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil.

10. The need for lemons because of their scurvy inhibiting abilities reached its peak in 1849 during the California Gold rush. Undernourished miners were ready to pay a lot of money for just one lemon.  As a result, that is why California is, still today, full of lemon trees.

11. Lemons are thought to be a cross between citron and a sour orange.

12. No one really knows exactly where the lemon originated from. However, it is widely believed that lemons first grew in South East Asia, India, China and northern Burma.

13. Cattle, when given a choice of grapefruit, orange, apples, peaches and a lemon, will eat the lemon first. It is thought the reason they eat the lemon first is because the citric acid in the lemon helps in digestion.

14. The Meyer lemon is essentially thought of as being a cross either between a mandarin and a common orange with a true lemon. It was named after Frank Nicholas Myer (the agricultural explorer) who first brought back a sample of the plant from China to the United States in 1908.

15. Prosperous Victorians cultivated lemon trees indoors as a status symbol.

16. Christopher Columbus took lemons seeds to the Americas in 1493 during his second voyage.

17. Lemon water decreases the creation of free radicals in the body which are accountable for skin damage and aging skin. Lemon water is an antioxidant.

Increasing antioxidant rich vegetables and fruits to your everyday diet will strengthen your capacity to fight disease and infection.


Please note that the above information is designed to provide general information and research only and should not be considered as medical advice. It is provided with the understanding that the author is not engaged in rendering any medical or professional services in the information provided above. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for professional services. The author of this information is neither a health practitioner nor a legal counselor and makes no claim in this regard. In the event that you use this information for your own health, you are prescribing for yourself, for which the author of this information assumes no responsibility.

Always consult a doctor before using lemons as a treatment.

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