We are very fortunate here in Southern California, because we have great access to lemons. So when I had 4 lemons go bad on me, I just hated to throw them in the compost. I should have looked into this earlier- now I know! I did squeeze the juice out and froze it for future use.
- Polish copper by rubbing it with a lemon juice soaked cloth and buffing it dry.
- Brass and aluminum can be polished with a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Another way to polish brass is by sprinkling salt on half of a lemon and rubbing it on the brass item. This method works on stainless steel as well.
- Rub lemon on your faucets to remove lime scale, hard water stains, and soap residue. It also works on porcelain.
- Natural furniture polish, combine 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts olive oil.
- Whiten tennis shoes by spraying them with lemon juice and placing them in the sun
- Stain-free bleach, soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
- Add lemon juice to a wash cycle for fresh smelling laundry, to brighten whites and remove rust and mineral stains.
- Remove ink spots on clothing, apply lots of lemon juice to the stain as soon as possible. Wash the garment in normal cycle in cold water.
- Remove unsightly underarm stains from shirts and blouses simply by scrubbing them with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice (or white vinegar) and water.
- To get rid of mildew on clothes, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. This works well for rust stains on clothes too.
- Grind citrus through the garbage disposal to get rid of nasty odours and freshen the drain.
- Add half a lemon to the dishwasher load for sparkling spot-free clean smelling dishes.
- Make your own spray cleaner by mixing two tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap, 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, and one teaspoon Borax into two cups hot water. Mix until dissolved.
- Another all-purpose cleaning solution: combine lemon juice, vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
- Add a nice clean scent as well as cleansing power to all liquid cleansers by adding two tablespoons lemon or orange juice.
- Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains.
- Remove Gum- A little mild acid (lemon/lime juice or white vinegar) will disintegrate chewing gum
- Put cut lemon in a dish in the microwave and heat on high for a minute it takes away any stuck on food.
- Create a wonderful natural air freshener by mixing lemon juice and water in a spray bottle.
- Place half a lemon or an orange in a dish can help freshen a room. You can also boil up the peels to freshen up the whole house.
- Humidifiers can pick up unwanted scents. Freshen up the aroma by adding 3 to 4 teaspoons citrus juice to the water.
- Clean your windows and glass by rubbing straight lemon juice on them and then buffing dry with newspapers.
- Dry lemon or orange peels can be used to freshen drawers
- Stud an orange with cloves and hang it in your closet to keep moths away.
- Rub fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin to keep away mosquitoes and gnats.
- Puree orange peels in 1 cup warm water. Slowly pour the solution over and into anthills to get rid of them.
- To keep cats from using your lawn as a litter box, mix orange peels and coffee grounds and distribute it around their favorite spots. If they don’t take the hint, lay down a second batch and try moistening it with a bit of water.
- Train barking dogs to stop by getting a squirt of lemon juice in their mouths.
- Use as a highlighter- put on your hands and go in the sun
- Put peeled apples or potatoes in water with lemon juice to help keep from turning dark before you use them
- Put lemon juice on cutting boards before cutting an onion keeps one from tearing up while cutting. Just pour some on the board take your onion, cut in half and make sure to put your newly exposed ends into the lemon juice.
- Squeeze juice into water- for a fresh drink