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15 Great Uses For Lemons In The Kitchen

 

Did you know there are a zillion ways to use a Lemon?  Yes, even if you’re not a fan of eating this tart little fruit, there are so many great things to do with a Lemon.  There is never a trip to the grocery store that I don’t return home with Lemons.  Today,  I’m not going to begin to try to cover all of the uses for lemons in this post, but I am going to share with you my favorite 15 uses for lemons in the kitchen here at My Country Table.

Ready…here we go…

The Kitchen…

  • Garbage Disposal – Toss used lemon peels down your garbage disposal, to instantly deodorize it, or freeze a mixture of lemon juice and vinegar in ice-cube trays and drop a couple down your garbage disposal once a week.
  • Refrigerator – Place a tiny bowl of lemon juice or a sponge soaked in lemon juice in the back corner of your refrigerator for an instant deodorizer and refresher.
  • Garbage Can – Add a few used lemon peels to your kitchen garbage can to eliminate odors.
  • Cutting Board – Sprinkle some coarse salt on one half of a lemon and rub it all over the surface of your cutting board.  Wipe clean with a damp cloth.  This will clean, brighten and deodorize your cutting board.
  • Coffee Maker – Remove the charcoal filter from your coffee maker first if yours has one.  Add one cup of fresh lemon juice to the water tank and add about four cups of water.  Run cycle.  Run a second cycle with water and replace the charcoal filter.
  • Microwave – Cut a lemon in half.  Squeeze the juice into a small bowl and add the lemon and some water to the bowl.  Microwave for about 2 minutes and leave it in the microwave for about 3 minutes.  Any dried on food or grease should wipe right off and your microwave will smell very clean.
  • Room Freshener – Place some cut up lemons in some water in a pan and bring to a boil and simmer over low heat.  You can add some cinnamon sticks or cloves if you’re in the fall mood, but the lemons alone give the air a clean crisp smell. 
  • Hands –  Add a mixture of lemon juice and salt to your hands and rub for 30 seconds to remove odors such as onions, garlic or fish.
  • Unclogging a Kitchen Drain – Combine 1 box of baking soda with 1 cup of lemon juice.  We all know what baking soda does when added to an acidic liquid.  It foams ups.  Pour 4 cups of boiling water down the drain, followed by the foamy baking soda/lemon juice mixture.  Follow with more boiling water.  Repeat if necessary. 
  • Pan Bottoms – Combine equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda to make a paste.  Using a scrubbing pad, vigorously rub over the bottom of pan that has tarnish or build up.  Repeat if necessary.  
  • Brass & Copper Polish – Combine equal amounts of vinegar and lemon juice and rub on brass or copper with a paper towel.  Polish with a soft cloth.
  • Plastic Food Containers – Mix a small amount of lemon juice and baking soda and rub on the food stains with a kitchen sponge or scrub pad and rinse.
  • Hard Water Stains – Squeeze lemon juice around faucets where there is hard water build up.  Wait a couple of minutes and scrub with a soft toothbrush.
  • All Purpose Kitchen Cleaner – Lemons are great for cleaning countertops, shining up faucets.
  • Centerpiece – A bowl of fresh bright yellow lemons make a very attractive centerpiece on your kitchen table when you have guests.  After a couple of days, use them for all of the above uses or in your favorite recipes.    

Eat your lemon and use it too!

Cindy @ My Country Table

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