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10 Household Uses For Lemon

I love lemons! I love the smell and their bright color.


I put them in my ice water, on my food and I use them everywhere in my house I can to keep things clean and smelling nice naturally.

Lemon’s gift is that it is an acid. It smells fresh and lemon juice is a very good antiseptic and killer of mold, germs, and bacteria.

For many years, lemons have been used for everything from cleaning dishes to helping cure scurvy. They are an amazing fruit.

Here are 10 household uses for lemons:

  1. Add half a lemon in the dishwasher for sparkling spot-free clean smelling dishes.
  2. For a great cleaner, make a paste with lemon juice and salt to clean brass, copper, and stainless steel kitchen sinks.
  3. To remove ink spots or rust on clothing, apply lots of lemon juice to the stain as soon as possible.
  4. Polish chrome faucets with a paste of baking soda and lemon juice.
  5. After you have removed expired food, place a sponge or cotton ball dabbed with lemon juice in your fridge for several hours to remove foul odors.
  6. In your laundry, lemon juice removes mildew, brightens and bleaches whites.
    • For a mild, stain-free bleach, soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
    • To get rid of mildew on clothes, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
    • Diluted or straight, lemon juice is a safe and effective fabric whitener when added to your wash water. Your clothes will also come out smelling lemon-fresh.
  7. To stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scrapes – pour a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut or apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
  8. Soothe insect bites by applying a few drops of lemon juice directly on the bite.
  9. Retouch your hair with a final rinse made out of water and lemon juice (half a lemon mixed to 500 ml of water) to fight dandruff and sweep the soap film and excess oils.
  10. To get rid of ants squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance.

Lemons are best kept at room temperature, which yields more juice as compared to refrigerated lemon. Place a lemon in hot water or microwave it (30 seconds) to extract more juice.

About the author

Lisa Arneill

Founder of Growing Your Baby and World Traveled Family. Canadian mom of 2 boys, photo addict, lover of bulldogs, and museumgoer. Always looking for our next vacation spot!

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