Surprising Uses for Lemons...Kitchen Tip

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Let's talk about lemons for this week's Kitchen Tip.  We all know that lemons add tons of flavor to our recipes, but did you know that lemons can also be used for every day cleaning around the house?  Lemon juice is is a natural disinfectant and is great in helping you clean your house and getting it to smell fresh.   Here are a few surprising uses for lemons that you might not know.
This week's Kitchen Tip is all about lemons and the surprising uses for them!  Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Clean the Microwave:

Add lemon slices in a bowl of water and microwave for three minutes.  
Food particles will wipe right off!  

Freshen the Refrigerator:

Place lemon juice on a few cotton balls and leave them in the refrigerator
for several hours.  You can also soak a sponge with lemon juice. 
 Lemon juice works better than baking soda for getting rid of odors in your refrigerator.

Garbage Disposal: 

Toss a few used lemons into your garbage disposal to keep it clean and fresh smelling.

Chrome Polisher:

Rub kitchen and bathroom faucets with lemons and wipe with a clean,
dry cloth to bring out the shine of your chrome faucets.  

Freshen Cutting Boards:

To freshen your cutting boards and help sanitize them, sprinkle with salt
and rub half a lemon, cut side down, over the entire cutting board
then wash with hot soapy water. 
You can also use this on wooden rolling pins and wooden salad bowls.   

Air Freshener:

Create your own air freshener by adding sliced lemons to a pot of water.
Bring to a boil and let simmer on the stove for about an hour.
You can also add cinnamon sticks and whole cloves to the water as well.
 Your house will smell beautiful.  

Clean Cheese Graters:

After using your cheese grater, rub half a lemon over the entire
surface and wash in hot soapy water.   The lemon will help get rid of the 
extra cheese that sometimes gets stuck in the crevices of the grater.  

Clean Copper Pots:

Cut a lemon in half and rub the cut side with salt.
Rub into the bottom of the copper pots, rinse with hot water and polish dry.  

Toilet Bowls:

Add half a cup of lemon juice to your toilet for about 30 minutes 
before scrubbing should help removed any stains.  

Trash Cans:

Add a few lemon peels to your garbage can to help remove odors.  

What else do YOU use lemons for?  


  1. Now this is the perfect post for me! I have a lemon farm so I can always use them in the ways you discribe! Thanks for the tips, visiting from "Your turn to shine".

  2. The cheese grater thing is brilliant!

  3. I was just checking out the other posts after I linked mine up and saw yours @ Creativity Unleashed! LOL!! Check mine out, #347! Great minds think alike!!
    Kristine :)
    Didn't know the grater! :)

  4. But it's cool, we both have things the other doesn't!!

  5. These are awesome tips! I am definitely going to have to try the toilet bowl one!! Thanks for linking up with us at Dream. Create. Inspire! I hope we will see you tomorrow night!