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Top 25 Unbelievable Uses for Lemon Juice
Most people know that lemon juice can soothe a sore throat or make a nice cup of tea, and even keep fresh cut produce from browning, but lemon juice has so many other uses! The wide range of applications for lemon juice far exceeds most people’s knowledge. From cleaning your home to whitening your clothes to treating dandruff, lemon juice and lemon peels have so many uses! Once you read our list of the top 25 uses for lemon juice, don’t be surprised if you find yourself buying lemons in bulk from your farmers market!
1. Clean Up Your Dog’s Face
If you have a white or light colored dog then you are well acquainted with chromodacryorrhea, that brownish red stain that affects the eyes, mouth, and sometimes even the feet. Although it’s not harmful, it certainly is ugly and regular washing won’t make it go away, but lemon juice can!
Mix equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda and rub the paste into your dog’s fur in the affected areas. Be sure not to let them lick it off and try to keep it directly out of their eyes. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse well. Your doggie will have their beautiful, natural color back!
2. Whiten Your Nails
If you have ever gone to a salon for a manicure or pedicure and paid extra to have your yellowing nails whitened, here is a little money saving tip for you: simply use lemon juice. Yellowing nails is normal with age and a lack of sunlight. Add the juice of ½ of a lemon to 1 cup of warm water. Place your nails in this solution for 5 minutes. You can even rub some of the lemon peel across the top of the nail for extra whitening power. Rinse and moisturize afterwards.
3. Terrific Skin Exfoliator
Make a paste with ½ cup of sugar, ½ cup of almond or olive oil, the juice from one lemon and half of a finely chopped lemon peel. Mix well and apply this paste to your wet body in the shower. Avoid your eyes and genital area. Rinse thoroughly afterwards and check out your beautiful, glowing skin.
4. Super Window Washer
Mix the juice of one lemon with two tablespoons of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Fill with water and then spritz on your windows or other glassware. Not only does this make them sparkle like crazy, they’ll smell good, too!
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5. Make Your Own Furniture Polish
No need to buy expensive wood furniture polish that is loaded with chemicals. Simply mix one cup of olive oil with a half cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle. Shake well, and then spritz it on your furniture. Rub it in well with a soft cloth. This method cleans and moisturizes the wood, making your furniture look beautiful and last longer.
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6. Polish Copper or Brass
Dip half of a lemon in salt or baking powder and rub your brass or copper cookware. Allow to sit for 5 or 10 minutes, then rinse in warm water.
7. Remove Stains from Marble
Do you have some stains on your marble countertops that just don’t seem to come off? Give lemon juice a try! Cut a lemon in half and dip it in table salt. Rub the stains vigorously. Rinse very thoroughly. This should be your last resort as too much acid can damage marble.
8. Boost Your Laundry Detergent Naturally
You can remove rust stains and mineral discolorations from cotton clothing by adding one cup of lemon juice to your wash during the wash cycle.
9. Remove Mildew Stains
Don’t throw clothing or linens away because of a mildew stain! Make a paste with lemon juice and salt and rub it into the affected areas. Allow to dry in sunlight, and then launder. Repeat as needed, but in most cases one or two applications will do the trick!
10. Remove Food Stains from Dishes
Things like blueberries and strawberries can sometimes leave their mark on your dishes! You can remove those stains, however, by filling the sink with hot or boiling water and add two or three lemon peels and their juice. Soak for three or four hours, then wash normally.
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11. Clean Your Microwave
Due to spatters, these can get disgustingly dirty, but there is an easy way to clean them quickly. Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to 1.5 cups of water in a glass container. Allow to boil in your microwave. Depending on your power of your microwave, this should take about 5 minutes. You want the steam to really condense on the top and side walls of the oven. Carefully remove the hot water, then simply wipe away with mess with a wet sponge or some paper towels.
12. Clean Coffee Pots or Tea Kettles
You can remove those ugly mineral deposits from your coffee pot or tea kettle by filling it with water, then adding a handful of thinly sliced lemons, including the peels. Turn on the heat and allow to boil. Turn off the heat and allow to sit for one full hour. Drain and wash.
If you have a coffeemaker, you can clean the glass pot by adding ice, salt, and lemon slices as mentioned above. Stir for a couple minutes, then empty and rinse the pot well. Read more about natural cleaners.
13. Deodorize Your Disposal
Chop up some pieces of lemon, including the peel, and toss them into your garbage disposal.
14. Soften and Whiten Elbows
When your elbows start getting that flaky, dry look, mix up some baking soda and lemon juice to make a paste. Rub this mixture into your elbows for a smoothing, whitening, and exfoliating treatment.
15. Crisp Lettuce
Don’t throw out lettuce that has gotten a bit limp and soggy. With a little help from lemon juice, you will be able to use it in a salad instead! Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of very cold water. Put the lettuce in the water and refrigerate for one hour. Dry the lettuce a bit with a paper towel and you are good to go!
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16. Improved Oral Health
Lemon juice can stop bleeding, help canker sores to heal, and reduce toothaches. Mix the juice of half a lemon with about 4 ounces of water. Rinse your mouth well, and then brush.
17. Lighten Those Age Spots
You don’t need expensive creams to lighten those ugly age spots; all you need is a lemon. To lighten liver spots, freckles, or age spots, apply lemon juice directly to the affected area. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then rinse. This is safe and extremely effective!
18. Great Dandruff Treatment
If dandruff has you scratching your head, then try this lemon rinse for quick relief. After shampooing, rinse your scalp with two tablespoons of lemon juice. Allow to sit for a minute, then rinse well. Repeat this daily until the dandruff completely disappears.
19. Natural Blonde Highlights
Don’t pay a hairdresser big bucks for highlights, you can get your own naturally with lemon juice. Shampoo your hair, and then rinse it with ¼ cup of lemon juice and ¾ of a cup of water. Don’t rinse, but go outside and bask in the sun until your hair is dry. Repeat until your hair is as light as you wish it to be. Read more about using lemons instead of beauty products.
20. Whiten Shoes
If you want your white tennis shoes to be super white again, but don’t want to use damaging bleach, simply spray your shoes with pure lemon juice and then leave them in the sun to dry.
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21. Natural Cat Repellent
Stop neighborhood cats from using your garden or lawn as their own personal litterbox. Mix coffee grounds with lemon peels and place this mixture in areas where cats like to relieve themselves. This won’t hurt your garden and should stop those cats from doing their business as they really dislike the smell of both lemons and coffee.
22. Degrease Almost Anything
Go green and remove grease from just about any surface by mixing salt and lemon juice on the area. Allow to sit for a minute, scrub if you need to, and then wipe it off!
23. Refresh Cutting Boards
Lemons naturally have antibacterial compounds that make them perfect for cleaning and whitening cutting boards naturally. After scrubbing the board, rub the surface with half a lemon. Allow to sit for a few minutes, and then rinse with hot water.
24. Soften Brown Sugar
Does your box of brown sugar get clumps or turn rock hard between uses? Add some lemon peels to the box before closing to absorb the moisture safely and keep the sugar soft between uses.
25. Stop Sticky Rice
Don’t you hate it when your rice turns into a sticky, gloppy mess? Simply add one teaspoon to the boiling water, then add your rice. Not only will the rice separate beautifully, but it won’t stick to the pot either!