Monday, February 6, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons

lemon tree

Try using them like this:

  • As a stain remover. Tea stains in particular respond to a mild soap solution boosted with lemon juice. It also works on stains from coffee, blood, and ketchup, on clothing, plastic, cutting boards and furniture.
  • To speed up your metabolism. The acids in a glass of lemonade each day helps stomach acids break down food even better – and faster. Over time it will increase the efficiency of your digestion and increase your metabolic rate.
  • To shine china and metal (especially copper). Mix lemon juice with a little soap, scrub and then buff. Much greener than chemical solutions.
  • To relax. Studies have indicated that the smell of lemon promotes relaxation and a happier state of mind.
  • To disinfect. I recently mentioned running a slice of lemon over a wooden cutting board will sanitize it, but you can use lemon juice to clean counters and even add it to mop water.
  • To soothe a sore throat. Mixing the juice of half a roasted lemon with a teaspoon of honey is an old remedy for sore throats.
  • Brightening whites. Just as bleach removed stains (sometimes) and sanitizes, so will adding a half cup of lemon juice to a normal-sized load of (white only!) laundry.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely lemon lessons here.
    I wash my plastic coffee recepticle (that which holds the filtre and coffee grinds) but can never eliminate the odor. Have tried salting it to no avail. Maybe lemon juice will do the trick.
    Thanks for this informative post.