Lemons are an amazing source of vitamin C, which is one of the most important vitamins for good health. They are also excellent antioxidants and a good anti-inflammatory, and are known to play a beneficial role in fighting degenerative brain diseases, heart disease, and even cancer. Lemons have been grown in the US since they were first introduced to the country by explorer, Christopher Columbus in the 16th century, as a highly valued means of preventing scurvy. But there are many other ways to use lemons around the home. Here are 12 of the best to try.
#12 Cleaning Agent
Lemon juice has the ability to cut right through grease and grime and is especially useful for cleaning dirty windowpanes. An excellent homemade window cleaner can be made by combining lemon juice with vinegar, water and a little cornstarch together. Greasy cutting boards can be cleaned using a cut lemon together with coarse salt, and a teaspoonful or two added to dishwasher helps to cut through the grease on plates and dishes. Cut lemon also works wonders when rubbed over faucets and shower fittings to clean them. Lemon juice combined with lemon essential oil, vinegar, baking soda and water makes a really good all-purpose cleaner. A great idea for greasy graters that have been used to grate cheese is to rub with half a lemon instead of a sponge.
There are a lot of different ways to use lemons to deodorize in and around the home. An ideal way to get rid of nasty odors in the refrigerator is to soak a sponge in lemon juice and then leave it in the fridge for a few hours. It works even better than baking soda. Lemon peel added to the trash can, or slices of lemon placed near a cat box, will also help to reduce odors. You can make an excellent room freshener by simmering lemon peel in boiling water with a couple of cinnamon sticks and handful of cloves. Put it in a spray bottle and use when needed.