12 Surprising Benefits Lemons Can Do for You

Every chef know the power of the magical ingredient that is lemons. They are so versatile in the kitchen, their flavor profile lending it to everything from sweet to savory and in between. But did you know that uses for lemons do not stop at the kitchen?

Here are 12 surprising ways you can use lemons around the house:

1. Remove Refrigerator Odor

Every once in a while, your refrigerator starts emitting an unpleasant odor. Not only is this unpleasant when it hits your nose every time you open those doors, it can even end up affecting other foods stored inside. But, what can you do short of removing everything from the fridge and doing a deep clean? Lemons to the rescue! Just slice a lemon and place them on every shelf. Lemons are great at absorbing odor, and they will suck the bad smell right out of your refrigerator! Make sure to replace them every week or so, just so they don’t rot.

2. Mildew

You know how you go to take something out of storage, or God forbid one of your favorite shirts from the back of the closet and its covered in mildew? Don’t worry, you don’t have to throw them out. Instead, grab some lemon juice, mix it into a paste using salt and rub generously on the areas covered in mildew. Then leave it to dry in the sunlight, and voila! You might need to do this a couple times in case the mildew has spread out more.

3. Keep kitty out

Stray cats wandering into your backyard and messing up your garbage cans are really annoying. Or maybe you do own a cat, but it loves to scratch up your furniture. There’s a simple solution to that! Use a spray bottle to spread some lemon juice on the areas you want to keep the kitties out of. This works because cats despise the smell of lemons, and so won’t go near that place.

4. DIY place-card holders

Don’t want to dish out an ungodly amount of money for placeholders, given that they are just pieces of paper after all? Make your own cute DIY placeholders using half a lemon, a toothpick, and some colored paper. Not only is this idea frugal, it’s unique and interesting as well!

5. Skin brightener

Lemons feature in many a homemade beauty mask, and there’s a good reason for that. While they won’t solve all your problems overnight, they do have a lot of beneficial properties including getting rid of dark spots, blemishes, and scars as well as cleansing the skin and acting as an antioxidant. A simple way to make use of these properties is to mix some lemon juice with honey, apply on your face, leave on for 20 minutes, and rinse off. Just see how refreshing and clean your skin feels!

6. Refresh and clean kitchen items

Sometimes, things we use in the kitchen can end up smelling bad. Especially in the case of cutting boards and the like which we use for everything from raw vegetables to fish and meat. One easy way to get rid of such odors and get them smelling fresh is by using lemons. Ever wonder why so many dish washing soaps and liquids feature lemons? You can also use regular lemons you have at home. Just slice one and rub it all over the offending utensil, let it sit for half an hour, and rinse it off!

7. Teeth whitening

Worried about stained and yellow teeth? Yellow teeth isn’t just common among people who drink and smoke; sometimes, the stain just won’t go away no matter how hard you brush! But don’t worry, there’s a simple home remedy to this problem. Make a paste using lemon juice and baking soda, and gently brush your teeth using this concoction. Doing this regularly will help you maintain your pearly whites for that perfect smile!

8. Respiratory problems

Vitamin C is great for boosting your immune system in general, but it is a great aid in fighting respiratory problems as it helps reduce the inflammation in your airway – which is the main cause for most breathing-related issues. And guess where you can find an abundance of Vitamin C? That’s right, in lemons! Drink a cup of lemon water to start your day, and stay safely away from breathing problems.

9. Whiten nails

Regular use of nail polish can end up staining your nails, making them look unhealthy. Furthermore, this can also cause dirt to accumulate in them. One of the best ways to cleanse and whiten them is by using lemons. Did you know that because of their acidic nature lemons have been used in nail care for centuries? You can do it too; just make a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil to soak you nails in, and watch all that nastiness wash away.

10. Natural deodorant

There’s nothing more embarrassing than a stinky armpit. Unfortunately, not all deodorants are healthy for you, and some don’t even work that well! But there’s a natural way to ensure that even if do you sweat, it doesn’t smell bad. That’s right, just rub a lemon on the inside of your armpit, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and rinse off. This will keep you armpit smelling fresh for more than a few hours.

11. Keep faucets shiny

Keeping your sink and faucets shiny might be quite a task. And using commercial cleaners all the time isn’t helpful because they can be harmful to your hands. One easy way to keep them clean and shiny is using lemons. Just scrub the cut side of a lemon all over the area that is stained, and scrub well before rinsing with warm water. Voila, a perfectly shiny and clean-looking kitchen!

12. Natural preservative

Chemical preservatives aren’t exactly available at your local grocery store, not to mention they can be extremely harmful to your health, which is why lemons are the best alternative for home use. This is because it is rich is ascorbic acid and citric acid. You can use lemon juice to preserve fruits and veggies, and even dishes like guacamole and pesto from turning brown.

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