4 great ways to use lemon around the house.
Every part of lemon – from the zest to the juice – has culinary and non-culinary purposes around the world. It’s rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and more. Lemon can also be used creatively around the house and even incorporated into cooking, skin, dental, hair and facial care routines.
… 1. Odour remover
- The refreshing citrus smell of lemon peels will mask odours from garbage disposals or bins that tend to make the kitchen inhabitable.
- Spray or squeeze lemon juice into palms and rub together to remove strong onion and garlic scents from hands. But always make sure to rinse with water after use.
- As a room freshener, cut a lemon in half and let it sit with the cut side up in hot water to give your home a nice citrus smell.
- Leave half a lemon or soak a sponge in lemon juice. Leave in the fridge to eliminate odours and keep food fresh.
- Throw dry lemon peels into the fireplace to keep the house smelling nice.
… 2. Cleaner
- Slice fresh lemons into a microwavable bowl with water and set the timer for 5-10 minutes. Wipe down with paper towels to easily remove hardened bits of foods.
- Add lemon juice to vinegar or water to make a scented surface cleaner. It can also be used to clean windows, glass, and glass covered appliances.
- Spray lemon juice or rub a cut lemon on faucets and shower fixtures to remove soap scrum, hard water stains and unwanted odour.
- Sprinkle baking soda on rust stains, add lemon juice, scrub until the rust disappears. Wipe down with a wet rag or damp paper towel.
- Use lemon juice as a natural disinfectant to clean chopping boards and other wooden bowls and kitchen items.
- Remove nail polish and soak hands in lemon juice to whiten yellowish nails. You can also add olive oil to the juice to strengthen them.
- Cut open lemon and rub it across your face to remove acne, blackheads; lighten spots, scars and blemishes It also evens skin tone. Wait 5-10 minutes before rinsing with water.
- Dilute lemon juice in water and use the mixture to wash hair and scalp. Repeat twice a week to remove dandruff. Add coconut oil to correct dry scalp.
- Add lemon juice to coconut oil and apply as a moisturiser to face and body. It hydrates and brightens skin.
- A combination of lemon juice, sugar, olive oil and honey makes a nourishing exfoliating scrub for your face and body.
… 4. Health
- Drinking hot lemon warm water every morning on an empty stomach is a good source of vitamin c. It also rejuvenates skin, promotes hydration, aids in digestion and weight loss.
- It also helps with sore throat, prevents kidney stones, freshens breath, fights common cold, balances the pH of the body, reduces joint and muscle pain, and acts as a detoxifying agent.