Guest Post by Hilary of Accidentally Green
If you’re looking for an affordable and all-natural way to clean your house or freshen up your beauty routine, look no farther than lemons. Here are 14 things you can do with the bright yellow citrus fruit:
Lemons around the house
- For a simple and effective way to polish wood furniture, mix together a teaspoon of olive oil with a splash of lemon juice. Wet a soft rag with the combination and wipe your wood furniture for a natural glow.
- To clean your kitchen sink, cut a lemon in half and sprinkle a little baking soda or salt in the sink. Use the lemon to scour. When finished, rinse the sink out. If you have a garbage disposal, drop the scoured lemon in and run the disposal to clean and freshen it.
- If you need to clean silver or brass, dip half a lemon in salt then use it to gently rub your metalware. Rinse, dry and shine with a soft cloth. You can clean stainless steel the same way.
- Mix baking soda with lemon juice for an effective scrubbing paste. Or, sprinkle baking soda on an area that needs scrubbed. Cut a lemon in half and rub half of the lemon over the baking soda. Leave the baking soda and lemon mixture on the surface (if you are trying to treat stains, leave the mixture on for 30 to 45 minutes) and wipe clean with water.
- Need to shine your shoes? Rub a few drops of lemon juice onto your shoes for a natural shine.
Lemons around the yard
- If you’re dealing with slugs, put lemon rinds outside overnight. Slugs are attracted to citrus fruits – in the morning, you’ll find the slugs have migrated to the lemon rinds instead of your plants. Simply dispose of the citrus rind, slugs and all.
Lemon DIY beauty treatments
- As a natural exfoliator, you can use lemons in homemade beauty masks. Whisk the juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of raw honey together. Spread the mixture over your face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently wash with tepid water and pat dry. (Do not use this mask if you have sore skin or are prone to acne – the lemon’s acid will aggravate your skin.)
- To exfoliate dry skin on your feet or elbows, mix lemon pulp with a pinch of brown sugar, then rub the mixture into your dry skin. Rinse and moisturize.
- If you’d like a natural way to highlight your hair when you know you’ll spend several hours in the sun, mix the juice of one lemon with one teaspoon of salt. Comb the lemon/salt liquid through your hair and stay outside. Wash your hair once you come inside.
- For a natural wrinkle reducer, beat an egg white with a splash of lemon juice until soft peaks form. Apply to your face and let the mask harden. Rinse with warm water, then cool water. Pat dry.
Lemons: a cure for what ails you
- To treat morning sickness while pregnant, sniff a lemon peel. Sip some lemonade. Or, try sucking on tart flavors like lemon popsicles or lemon drop candy.
- To soothe a sore throat, sip a hot beverage made with a mixture of lemon juice, honey, and hot water. You can also try gargling with hot sage tea sweetened with honey.
- To freshen your breath, simply gargle with lemon juice.
- If you’re trying to reduce the pain from a bee sting, mix the juice of half a lemon with a little bit of water. Bathe the stung area with the lemon water and enjoy some relief.
What about lemon nutrition?
And don’t forget about eating lemons and drinking lemon juice! Rich in nutrients, lemons are full of citric acid, antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A, and lutein, as well as fiber, calcium, copper, iron and potassium.
Your turn: What is your favorite way to use a lemon?
Hilary Kimes Bernstein is a Christ follower, wife, mama, and writer who blogs about making healthy decisions that honor God and happen to help the environment at Accidentally Green. Her first eBook, First Bites, helps parents learn how to instill healthy eating habits during a baby’s first year. Her second eBook, Accidentally Green, tells exactly how and why her family started making healthier, greener changes.