If you don’t keep lemons on hand you need to start. Why? Well here are 24 really good reasons to keep lemons stocked!
1. Daily Detox
Drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning is a proven body detox method. Read more about quick ways to detox daily HERE.
2. Finish Roasted Veggies
Roasting veggies in the oven? Once you take out of the oven squeeze some lemon juice over them and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Delish!
3. Make Salad Dressing
A quick search online will produce hundreds of homemade salad dressing recipes using fresh lemon juice.
Don’t have time to look for a recipe? Try a simple lemon arugula salad. Fill a bowl with arugula and add chick peas. Drizzle with olive oil and squeeze half a lemon over top. Add sea salt and pepper. Toss. Adjust lemon, salt, pepper to taste. Whoila- salad is done!
The best way to squeeze a lemon over veggies or a salad is to use the following tool- I love mine- keeps the seeds out!
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4. Clean Produce
Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a bowl of cold water. Throw produce in, soak and rinse. Dirt, grime, bacteria, and pesticide residues be GONE!
5. Prevent Produce From Browning
Add sliced apples and potatoes to bowl of cold water with a tsp of lemon juice. Likewise, add a tsp (or more depending on taste) to homemade guacamole to prevent browning.
6. Finish Fruit Salad
Take your fruit salad to another level! Squeeze half a lemon over the top and toss. It will add the slightest hint of citrus and enhance the natural fruit flavors. Additionally, as mentioned above it will prevent any browning.
7. Homemade Lemonade
Use fresh squeezed lemon juice in cocktails. Garnish your drinks with a lemon wedge. Add a lemon twist. Truth- fresh is always the way to go with cocktails!
One secret for a great margarita is to use half lime and half lemon juice instead of just lime juice!
9. Cure A Cold
Make COLD KILLER TEA at the first sign of sickness and get back on track fast!
10. Heal Cracked Dry Skin and Calluses
Rub half a lemon over affected areas on elbows, heels, and feet before you shower. Exfoliate in shower and notice the difference when you get out.
11. Whiten Finger Nails
Finger nails yellowing? Soak them in a mixture of water and lemon juice. It will help lighten the nails and also soften cuticles.
12. Treat Blemishes and Age Spots
Dab lemon juice on blemishes several times a day to help reduce inflammation. Also works to lighten dark age spots.
13. Homemade Face Masks
I don’t make my own beauty products but thought this ARTICLE was pretty good. It contains 3 different face mask recipes for different skin care needs.
A ton of sites also recommended mixing together the juice of 1/2 lemon and 2 tablespoons of honey. Leave on 15-20 minutes. Steaming your face over a bowl of hot water is recommended to open pores before applying a mask. Truth- I haven’t tried any of the homemade masks.
14. Homemade Soaps
I also don’t make my own soaps, however, I know lots of people do. Just enter “handmade lemon soap” in a Pinterest search. Make sure you have some time to scroll through all the results!
15. Stovetop Aromatherapy
Also commonly referred to as simmering potpourri. Going old school here- but this is how folks did it before essential oils and diffusers became so popular.
Do you have leftover citrus peels? Throw it all in a little pot on the stove, cover with water, simmer and enjoy a nice aromatic blend.
The aroma of lemon has been shown to enhance awareness, improve concentration, reduce mistakes and increase energy. I even read somewhere that some offices and factories in Japan pipe lemon essential oil through the air systems to stimulate workers. Truth- I have never been to Japan and can’t prove this is true.
Stovetop aromatherapy is really fun. Try to find as many smell-good items as you can to combine and make different blends. Think herbs/ Cinnamon/ Nutmeg. Add essential oils to the pot as well if you have them.
Creating stovetop aromatic blends connects you with your core creative self! Have fun with it:)
The best thing about stovetop potpourri is that you can use it several days in a row so it can be economical as well.
16. Attract Abundance
In Feng Shui, a bowl of fresh fruit symbolizes prosperity, good luck, fruition and good health. Keeping out a bowl of lemons (fruit) is wealth energy. Make sure to keep it full!
A bowl of lemons also looks really nice in a kitchen.
17. Remove Cooking Smells From Hands
Food prep involves lots of chopping, cutting and handling of smelly food. In particular, onions, garlic and seafood can leave your hands smelling pretty bad. Squeeze half a lemon over them and rub together to rid of odors.
18. Clean and Sanitize Cutting Boards
Cut a lemon in half and dip into coarse salt. Scrub cutting board. Let soak for 20 minutes and rinse. Citric acid is a natural disinfectant.
19. Clean Wooden Kitchen Utensils
Wooden spoons and bowls are not supposed to go in the dishwasher. Truth- I didn’t figure this out until a few years ago. Follow steps above to rid items of any food particles, stains or smells. You can omit the 20 minute soak unless you used on raw meat.
20. Freshen Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals get smelly. Throw left over lemons and a few ice cubes down the disposal and run for a clean, fresh smelling sink.
21. Clean the Microwave
Fill a microwave safe bowl with 1/2 cup of water. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze juice in water and then throw the halves in as well. Microwave for three minutes or until it comes to a boil. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Wipe it down. Whoila!
Once again, you will find TONS of online resources with lemon cleaning tips. After sifting through articles I found THIS ONE that I think is really good. It has 10 different cleaning tips, such as, cleaning glass, copper and brass.
Never use lemons to clean marble. Even if your marble is sealed the lemons will still etch the surface (vinegar as well).
23. Remove Rust Stains
I have to admit- this one got me excited- it’s a hack that actually WORKS! How many times have you read a tip/ trick/ hack only to try it and it does not work? Truth- it happens all the time and irritates me.
Our knives have been getting rust stains. The stains make them appear dirty and I hate using them. Best new hack- stick these knives into a glass and fill it up with lemon juice. Wait about 10 minutes and rinse off with a sponge. Whoila- stains gone. Truth- these are my actual pictures because I wanted to see if it works!
The regular knives were only in the cup 5 minutes and wiped clean. I had to leave the black handled steak knives in the lemon juice for a few hours and then they came out clean.
24. Remove Sticky Adhesives
Residue left behind from price tags, etc can be a pain. Rub a little lemon juice around to break it down and remove.
So you only used half a lemon? Grab one of these to keep the other half fresh!
What are your favorite ways to use lemons? I’d love to hear so leave me a comment below!
This post has been shared at Thank Goodness It’s Monday at Nourishing Joy.