Household Uses for Lemons

At the Almanac, we know that lemons can add plenty of flavor to some of our favorite recipes, but they also are very useful to have in the house. Here are some of our helpful home uses for lemons.

  • For a sore throat or bad breath, gargle with some lemon juice.
  • Clean discolored utensils with a cloth dipped in lemon juice. Rinse with warm water.
  • Toss used lemons into your garbage disposal to help keep it clean and smelling fresh.
  • Use one part lemon juice and two parts salt to scour chinaware to its original luster.
  • A few drops of lemon juice in outdoor house-paint will keep insects away while you are painting and until the paint dries.
  • Remove scratches on furniture by mixing equal parts of lemon juice and salad oil and rubbing it on the scratches with a soft cloth.
  • To make furniture polish, mix one part lemon juice and two parts olive oil.
  • To clean the surface of white marble or ivory (such as piano keys), rub with a half a lemon, or make a lemon juice and salt paste. Wipe with a clean, wet cloth.
  • To renew hardened paintbrushes, dip into boiling lemon juice. Lower the heat and leave the brush for 15 minutes, then wash it in soapy water.
  • To remove dried paint from glass, apply hot lemon juice with a soft cloth. Leave until nearly dry, and then wipe off.
  • Rub kitchen and bathroom faucets with lemon peel. Wash and dry with a soft cloth to shine and remove spots.
  • Fresh lemon juice in rinse water removes soap film from interiors of ovens and refrigerators.
  • Create your own air freshener: Slice some lemons, cover with water, and let simmer in a pot for about an hour. (This will also clean your aluminum pots!)
  • Fish or onion odor on your hands can be removed by rubbing them with fresh lemons.
  • To get odors out of wooden rolling pins, bowls, or cutting boards, rub with a piece of lemon. Don’t rinse: The wood will absorb the lemon juice.
  • Save lemon and orange rinds to deter squirrels and cats from digging in the garden. Store rinds in the freezer during the winter, and then bury them just under the surface of the garden periodically throughout the spring and summer.
  • After a shampoo, rinse your hair with lemon juice to make it shine. Mix the strained juice of a lemon in an eight-ounce glass of warm water.
  • Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of salt to make a rust-removing scrub.
  • Before you start to vacuum, put a few drops of lemon juice in the dust bag. It will make the house smell fresh.
  • Get grimy white cotton socks white again by boiling them in water with a slice of lemon.
  • Clean copper pots by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing the cut side with salt until the salt sticks. Rub the lemon onto the metal, rinse with hot water, and polish dry.
  • Suck on a lemon to settle an upset stomach.

What are some of your favorite lemon hints and tips? Post Below! 

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Hello there lemons are

By Sue Nield on July 11

Hello there lemons are wonderful deodorisers, as one gets older under arms skin darkens slightly, after showering a cover of lemon juice not only smells good but it bleaches out dark patches. I live in the english countryside and in spring I surround the outside of my house with lemon juice, I have not seen an ant in my home for years. Sue.

Love to read all the uses of

By Linda Sorola

Love to read all the uses of lemons.

Very helpful list! But

By InventorNC

Very helpful list!

But paint? Which paint? Oil-based? Latex? That's important.

This is great information.

By Moby

This is great information. All of my coffee pots have turned completely brown.

I have never tried lemon but I think it will work.

Thank you

I guess when you have your

By Dacota Naish

I guess when you have your own lemon trees it's different.
To me, using citrus pulp for anything other than yummy purposes is, oh, such a waste. But I do keep the peels, align them on paper until they dry to a crunch, then store them in cardboard box(es). The ones I do not use to make "tea", I use as dish-detergent-sponges: soak them in the pots while the pots need soaking, then use them as disposable dish sponges. Usually they do the job. If they can't, I add baking soda like Kelster5. Next time I'll try salt like hsmom2004. When they're used up as dish-rags, they go to clean the garbage disposal. Haven't bought a dish sponge or detergent in over three years. My hands look and smell fresh, not like the onion and garlic I clean and chop every day. My Kitchen smells like a citrus orchard. I don't know why I didn't figure this out sooner, and how come not everyone does this since stone age?? Good to meet you :)

I've heard it works good on

By SCmomma

I've heard it works good on fleas too....I tried it once....used some lemon juice and water in a spray bottle and sprayed it on the area and no more fleas...

In place of real lemons or

By maryeagee

In place of real lemons or juice, I use dry, unsweetened lemonade powder for just about EVERYTHING. I clean food odors from my hands, chopping boards, etc. I make lemon meringue pie with it-add to taste to cooked vanilla pudding (yours or store-bought. Make lemon jelly, lemon cookies-use your imagination! Put just a touch of it in your cake icing. Soak your fish in it before cooking. Sooo inexpensive, and convenient! If you haven't already done all this, you're gonna LOVE me!

wonderful in place of over

By polylulu

wonderful in place of over the counter deodorants!

It's true!! I haven't used

By Jz

It's true!! I haven't used deodorant in over six months since switching to lemon juice. Wayyyy better, keeps me and my clothing fresh!!

they make great lemmonaide

By poorichard

they make great lemmonaide too!!but don't use them on a kite n an electrical storm no good.

We boil down cut lemons into

By sherijfowler

We boil down cut lemons into a tea, salt and drink as warm as you can for chest congestion. Works wonderful!

Sounds like a folk remedy my

By AnonymousBosch in MI

Sounds like a folk remedy my Dad kept making when I was sick as a dog with flu and bronchitis as an adult--except he'd add a shot of whiskey, a good dash of tabasco, and a good dose of honey to sweeten it (and make it a little more palatable) as well. Boy, did I sleep... It really helped loosen the congestion though, and I usually felt a bit better and nearly human in the morning from the deep sleep.

Sherijfowler: This sounds

By maryeagee

Sherijfowler: This sounds like a great tip, but how is the taste? My old Granny from the hills of KY used to make all kinds of homemade remedies. She lived to be one hundred. My motto is: When life stinks, God gives us lemons.

My best friend & I were

By dianeclaudio

My best friend & I were joking around one evening over dinner. She was saying the skin on her her elbows were really rough, dry & discolored. I told her,jokingly, to put lemon juice on them. Well, she did. She uses it as a regular beauty regimen now. Her elbows are no longer rough.

To clean and remove water

By Kelster5

To clean and remove water spots on glass shower/bath enclosures, just cut a lemon in half, pour baking soda on the cut lemon and rub the glass ~ can be used on the chrome trim and faucets! Plus it makes the bathroom smell fresh and clean too!

YES, I used SALT with my

By Dacota Naish

YES, I used SALT with my grapefruit-peel-dish-sponges on my Corning-glass-pots today. All the hard-water-rings wiped clean, down to the old, forgotten shine of the magic Jena-Glass ... :) After soaking them overnight with the grape-fruit peels inside, of course, but from that the hardened salts never wiped clean. The only way I knew how to remove them was by soaking in vinegar. I very much prefer the citrus-grove smell. Thanks, Kelster5.
Next: I'll try it on the chrome.

I discovered this by accident

By cmonster

I discovered this by accident a few weeks ago. I sip on a very large insulated cup of tea through the day and evening. If I use Splenda, it tends to sour quicker for some reason (hmmmmm...maybe stop using Splenda!?). I can slow down the "souring" by adding lemon juice or Real Lemon. Just a few drops. It works even better without the Splenda, of course. I can go to bed with a full cup at night and still be able to drink it into the next morning.
The few drops of lemon seems to really liven up sugar-free drinks also. I don't know what it does, but it makes those nasty things tolerable when I occasionally "jones" for a soft drink. It is most awesome in diet root beer, but that is a personal taste. It's just fresher tasting. Mind you, just use a few drops of Real Lemon!

Enjoy!
:)

Splenda is a chemical, not

By Healthrunature

Splenda is a chemical, not recognized by the human digestive system, causes many health problems and does not help with weight loss. Lemon water will help though, preferably warm. Skip the blue, pink and yellow packets. Stick to Real food. Your body will thank you

I love finding out natural

By Michelle Knowles

I love finding out natural ways of cleaning things since I don't like to use chemicals if I don't have to. Thank-you for this! :)

You can clean a electrict

By Mike Clark

You can clean a electrict kettle with a oz. of lemon juice and fill with water and let boil leave it for a few miniters and boil again empty and rinse it should have removed the acumliation of city dirt if not do it again.

Clean stained coffee pots:

By hsmom2004

Clean stained coffee pots: use about 1 tbs lemon juice, table salt, and 3-4 ice cubes. Swirl around. The stains will come off without scrubbing or damaging the coffee pot. Rinse with warm water once the stains are removed.

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