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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