Friday, February 4, 2011

Using Lemons

"Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat."
- lyrics from "Lemon Tree," Peter, Paul & Mary
Lemons are popular; there's lemon scented furniture polish, lemon/lime beverages, lemon yogurt, lemonade, etc. They make good juggling balls too! When my wife buys a bag of lemons on a sale, we enjoy lemon flavored water, but one lemon goes a long way so we struggle to use the whole bag before the lemons go bad. Now thanks to that won't happen. They list 55 Green Uses for Yellow Lemons

Lemons are great for cleaning in many ways:
Remove Odors- by rubbing half a lemon on smelly plates and pots.
Bleach Dished- by soaking them for 3-4 hours in hot water with lemon skins. This also removed mineral deposits from pots and tea kettles.
Clean items- with diluted lemon juice.
Kill Germs- rub a cutting board with a cut lemon and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing

Lemons can also brighten up other foods -
Potatoes and cauliflower stay whiter while boiling if a little lemon juice is added to the water. Lemon juice can prevent rice from sticking. Cut lemon rinds soften brown sugar. Keep guacamole green and fresh apples/bananas from going brown with lemon juice.

Check out the webstite for more ideas like repelling insects, cleaning the house, cleaning clothes, and improving your skin.

Bottom Line

Who knew lemons were so versatile? How about this, nervous before an interview? Wet your armpits with lemon extract. The deodorizing effect will last a few hours.

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