Lemon, One Squeeze Or Two

I love to share fun new uses for things. I have  mentioned vinegar and olive oil in the past. But lemons are handy for more than the rim of your favorite ice tea. Side note I bought these wood bowls for only $2.00 each at Tuesday morning.







Did you know that you can  polish copper pots with lemon and a little baking soda. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle the baking soda ( about a teaspoon) over the cut side of the lemon and then use it to scrub the pot. When it’s nice and shiny use a damp cloth to wipe the residue away.

You can polish chrome with lemons too. Use the lemon rind as a scrubber to get rid of mineral deposits (works well on chrome faucets) Rinse well and dry.

We use a humidifier, and with a lemon it’s easy to keep it smelling fresh. Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons of lemon juice into the water ( ours holds one gallon). You’ll have a lemon fresh scent instead of a stale musty smell. Do it a couple of times a month to keep it smelling fresh.


This is one of my favorite tricks, you can keep rice from sticking together in a big lump by adding a teaspoon full of lemon juice to the boiling water while your cooking. When the rice is done, let it cool for a few minutes and then fluff it up with a fork before you serve.

As long as I’m mentioning food, you can also use lemon to perk up wimpy lettuce. When your lettuce is looking a bit soggy and you are thinking you need to toss it out. Don’t! Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce into it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Dry the leaves ( I use a salad spinner) completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.

You can fade tea stains on your tablecloths by diluting lemon juice with an equal amount of water. Use an eyedropper or a cotton swab to make sure the lemon juice goes directly on the stain. Then rinse with cold water.

Just a few more quick tips, I imagine a lot of you already do these. Sanitize your chopping block by running a slice of lemon over the surface. It works as a disinfect. Whiten your fingernails by rubbing a lemon wedge on the surface of your nails. Place lemons in a bowl and use it as a fresh and bright centerpiece. Brighten your laundry whites by adding 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle of an average sized load.

Do you have a favorite tip for using lemons?

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Happy Labor day to those in the US,enjoy your long weekend.

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  1. I wasn’t aware of the tip for rice. Thanks! I’ll have to pass that one on.

  2. WOW! Those are some great tips! I only knew a couple of them. Good to know! Thanks!

  3. Next time life gives me lemons I’ll know what to do with them, Katie! Thanks for the great tips!

  4. Good morning, Katherine! Sorry I couldn’t hop by to enter your last giveaway; net/cable were down & out for a few days. I’m back to my appointed rounds now! Thanks for the tips here! xox, Maura

  5. A Tuesday Morning opened a few miles away a few months back – I had no idea they had such cool things – love those bowls! Stopping in to Follow you on Friday – hope you can visit and return the favor soon! http://www.shaunanosler.blogspot.com/

  6. I love these tips. You can never learn too much. I am happy to hear the one about rice, what a great help that will be.
    Have a lovely weekend Katherine!

  7. Hi Katherine! I also learned that adding lemon juice to water makes things like pasta and rice and potatoes taste as if they have been salted, without harmful effects of salt for those on salt-restricted diets. You can also rest your elbows in lemon halves to keep them soft and smooth! My mom taught me that one when I was a child. xo,

    • Oh I do remember that elbow one from when I was young too, thank you for the reminder. I must admit I haven’t tried it in potatoes, but now I will. Hugs!

  8. Such great Lemon tips and beautiful pictures…I wonder can it be used to get the mineral deposits off of the Ice and Water tray on the Fridge…???

    • . Absolutely! Cut a lemon in half and scrub let sit for a few minutes then rinse well. For plastic ice cube trays you can scrub the insides of the ice cube tray with a lemon cut into quarters. Allow the juice to sit for a few minutes then rinse.
      Big Hugs!

  9. I didn’t know the rice trick. I’ll have to try that next time. I like to keep my lemon and orange peels in vinegar to scent the vinegar I use for cleaning. I also like to use a few wedges in the disposal to freshen it. Lemons are really useful in so many applications!

  10. Great advice, thank you. Hope you have a nice weekend.

  11. This was great advice!
    Thank you so much!
    I didnt know lemon could be so useful besides cooking with it!

    Deborah :)

  12. I enjoyed learning lots of new ways to use lemons……My favorite is fresh squeezed lemonade *winks* Vanna/your newest follower

  13. Great information. We have lemons on our farm and also limes. Thanks for this valuable information. Take care and have a good weekend.
    Judy from Jamaica

  14. Awesome tips! I knew lemon juice was great for stuff, but some of these things I had never heard of! I’m going to have to try that rice trick! ~Hugs, M

  15. I can’t wait to try the rice trick!! I always have lemons hanging in my fruit basket. We actually bought a lemon tree and I’m hoping to have some home grown this season.
    Also love love love Tuesday morning.
    I add lemons to my disposal for cleaning

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  16. Great tips and uses for lemons. I love to buy them just to display on my counter in a pretty three-part platter. I also use them squeezed into a cold quinoa salad with some EVOO…no mayo and no worries taking outdoors or to a picnic. Safe Labor Holiday weekend…

  17. Great tips!
    Have a good weekend ~

  18. I love lemons and posts about new uses for common items! :) Thank you so much for linking your post up at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

  19. Jami @bettyproject says:

    Lemons really are an all purpose fruit lol. They can be SO useful.. both great smelling and really effective for many jobs.

    Great list of tips here :)

  20. What wonderful tip. No, I did not know you could polish copper with lemon and bakign soda. Thank you for this info! Hugs, Mina

  21. So many great tips…thanks so much for sharing!!!

  22. This is awesome! I had no idea that lemons could do so many things! I am bookmarking this so that I can do some of these things! Thank you for sharing this at our Strut Your Stuff Link Party! We hope that you will join us again tomorrow!!
    Camille @

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