This week's tip is all about Lemons. 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.
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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.
Toss a few used lemons into your garbage disposal to keep it clean and fresh smelling.
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.
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.
Add a few lemon peels to your garbage can to help remove odors.
Enjoy in Water:
And a favorite in our household is just to fill a glass with water, add a few lemon slices with mint leaves and enjoy! Yes, we like lime too!
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What else do YOU use lemons for?
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