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From Our Kitchen to Yours: The Many Uses of Lemons - Cleaning

Lemons aren't just for enjoying in our favorite beverages, they also make an excellent household cleaner. According to Readers Digest there are 34 Uses of Lemons. Some of the most commonly asked questions include;

  • Can you clean with lemon juice?
  • How do I clean my counters and appliance surfaces with lemon juice?
  • Are there homemade lemon juice cleaners?

Refreshing the Refrigerator

Easily remove odors from your refrigerator by dabbing lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge. Leave it in the fridge for several hours. Be sure you toss out any foul-smelling items that have caused the original stink.

Re-Shine Aluminum

Refresh dull pots and pans with a sparkle that shines inside and out. Simply rub the cut side of half a lemon all over them, then buff it down with a soft cloth.

Freshen Your Cutting Board

Cutting boards are used to chop onions, crush garlic, cut raw and cooked meat and chicken, and to prepare fish. Get rid of the smells and help sanitize your cutting board by rubbing it all over with the cut side of half-a-lemon. Also wash it in undiluted lemon juice straight from the bottle.

Banish Insects from a Refreshed Kitchen

Forget insecticides or ant traps. To properly ant-proof your kitchen, just deliver the lemon treatment.

  • First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills.
  • Then squeeze lemon juice into any gaps or holes where ants are coming in.
  • Finally, spread small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance.

Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water, and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee.

For Cleaning the Microwave

No need to worry about scratching the surface with harsh cleansers or using too much elbow grease. Place 3 tablespoons lemon juice into 1 1/2 cups water. Use a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5-10 minutes, allowing the steam to condense on inside walls/ceilings of your oven. Then just wipe away the softened food with a sponge.

Deodorizer for Garbage Disposals

Save leftover lemon and orange peels. Toss them down the drain, and turn on the disposal. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat this action once a month.

Information for this article is drawn from this Reader's Digest site:

Learn More About Uses of Lemons

Next: Mr. Appliance delivers even more tips for using lemons in the kitchen:

Preventing Brown Potatoes or Cauliflower

Potatoes and cauliflower tend to turn brown when boiling. Make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into the cooking water.

Keeping Green Guacamole

Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over your guacamole and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole.

Soggy Lettuce Gets Crisp

Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put your soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Prevent Sticking Rice

Add a spoonful of lemon juice to boiling water when cooking rice. When the rice is done, let it cool for a few minutes, then fluff with a fork before serving.

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