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Versatility of Lemons

Lemons grow on trees and we use lemons mainly on or in food as an ingredient.  But, what you may not know is that lemons have numerous other uses, I have compiled a list of various uses for lemons and lemon juice.  Hopefully you can find one not-so-common use that works for you.

Uses For Lemons (other than cooking):
1.  Relieve a sore throat.  Cut a lemon in half.  Skewer one half over a medium flame on a gas stove or an electric burner set on high and roast until golden brown.  Let it cool, and then mix the juice with 1 teaspoon of honey.  Enjoy!

2.  To whiten fingernails, rub a wedge of lemon on the surface of your nails.

3.  Shine copper cookware by sprinkling a lemon wedge with salt and scrubbing on the surface.

4.  Remove sticky foods from a grater.  Rub both sides of the cooking utensil with the pulp side of a cut lemon.

5.  A mixture of salt and lemon juice will clean and shine your sink while killing germs!

6.  Get rid of ants by using lemon juice.  Reader’s Digest suggests a mixture of ½ gallon (2 liters) of water and the juice and rinds of four lemons.  Wash the kitchen floor and counters and insects will leave.  Squirting lemon juice on window sills and the cracks of doors will also keep out fleas and roaches.

7.  Add ½ cup of lemon juice to the washer of a normal size load to brighten your white clothes.

8.  Pour lemon juice directly on ink spots and wash on cold.

9.  Remove tough stains from cutting boards.  Slice a lemon in half; squeeze the juice onto the surface, rub, let sit for 20, then rinse.

10.  Polish a chrome surface with a paste of baking soda and lemon juice.

11.  By adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to rice while cooking, you can prevent your rice from sticking.

12.  Soak clothes in a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice for a half hour prior to washing.  It is a safe alternative to bleach.

13.  Lemon juice has been used for years to lighten age spots, freckles, and acne.  Wash your face nightly with lemon juice and rinse with cool water in the morning.

14.  Dry, achy, and cracked skin (hands, feet, knees, elbows) can be relieved with a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil used as a massage!

15.  Lemon juice provides for antibacterial treatment in minor wounds and in stopping bleeding.  Poured directly on poison ivy rash, lemon juice relieves the itch and discomfort.

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