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10 Alternative Uses for Lemon

Lemon can add a lot of flavour to many culinary creations, but the uses don’t stop there. Lemon juice is a strong acid that has a number of practical uses.

1. Highlight or lighten your hair
Mix about 50/50 Water and Lemon Juice, apply to strands of hair or use a spray bottle to apply to all your hair. Then sit out in the sun and let your hair dry. The lemon will slowly bleach the color out of your hair. You will need to do this a number of times to see significant changes so don’t worry too much.

2. Stop Avocado, Apple, and Pear from browning
Sprinkle a little lemon juice on apple or pear slices to stop them from turning brown. Add lemon juice to your guacamole to keep it green and give it a little extra flavour.

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3. Make your microwave sparkle
In a small microwave safe bowl mix about 50/50 Water and Lemon Juice. Place the bowl in your microwave and on high for about 5 minutes. The steam from the water lemon mixture will soften any food on the walls in the microwave. Use a damp dish cloth and wipe the walls for a clean microwave.

4. Make your white clothes brighter
Adding a cup lemon juice to the wash will brighten your whites and give them a lemony fresh scent.

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5. Sooth a sore throat
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl then pour into a microwave safe mug. Add a table spoon of honey and microwave until warm. Stir the lemon and honey together, then drink… careful it’s hot. It’ll taste good and should sooth your sore throat.

6. Shine copper
Cut a lemon into wedges, and sprinkle a little salt on a wedge. Then scrub the copper with the lemon. Use a damp cloth to wipe the lemon and salt off after your done.

7. Clean the berry stains off your hands
Whether you’re eating, cooking, or picking berries you’re bound to get some of the juice on your hands. Put a little straight up lemon juice on the stains and let sit for a couple minutes. Then wash it off with soap and water. The berry stains should now be gone.

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8. Clean a cutting board
Cut a wedge of lemon and rub it on the surface of the cutting board to disinfect. The acid of the lemon is very strong and bacteria don’t care for that environment. This will also remove stains from the cutting board, so it’s a win-win.

9. Make your fridge smell fresh
Refrigerator odours can be taken care of easily, first remove any food that has spoiled. Then moisten a paper towel with lemon juice and place in the fridge. Let it absorb the odour for several hours.

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10. Decorate
While your lemons wait to be used for the multitude of reasons, they can sit in a bowl and provide a simple centrepiece.

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