When Life Gives You Lemons…

As most of you know, Charles Farmer is well-known for his delicious and organically grown lemons and limes.  One of my favorite memories with him, consists of going into the groves and picking citrus while he explains the difference between each tree.  We would then go back to the house and make up some fresh squeezed lemonade for everyone.  This weekend we had tons of family visiting and like clockwork someone suggested making a batch of fresh strawberry lemonade, and boy was it good!

In honor of Charles and his unconventional uses for growing his infamous lemons, I have put together a list of 43 unconventional uses for lemons…

  1. Asthma & Respiratory Problems: Lemons have always been known for its detoxifying properties, but did you know that two tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal and right before bed actually reduces asthma. Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly. 
  2. Humidifier: Whenever your humidifier starts to smell funky, just mix three or four tablespoons into the water and it will not only deodorize but replace it with a lemon-fresh scent. You can repeat every few weeks to keep odors from coming back.
  3. Litter Box: Forget stocking up on aerosol sprays (which we all know are horrible for us and the environment), instead slice a couple of lemons in half and place on a small plate in the room (cut side up), you will begin to smell lemon-fresh scent that lasts.  This also works great in the bathroom!
  4. Fireplace Odor: We all love using our fireplace in the winter, but hate that awful smell that can sometimes overwhelm the whole house.  There is a simple solution, lemon peels.  Throw a few in the fire as a preventative measure and you’ll not only have a warm night by the fire, but a fresh smell throughout the house.
  5. Mildew: Ever unpacked clothes, only to discover they have mildew from being storage all year?  To remove the stain, simply make a lemon paste out of lemon juice and salt.  Rub it onto the affected area and let it dry naturally in sunlight. Repeat until stain is completely gone.
  6. Laundry: Give your laundry detergent a boost, but pouring 1 cup of lemon juice into the washer to boost your detergent’s cleaning action. The natural bleaching action of the juice will cap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton, plus leave your looking brighter and smelling lemon- fresh.
  7. Dry Cleaning: Not only is dry cleaning expensive but its slam full of harsh chemicals. Ditch the cleaners with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, not to mention they will smell nice too.
  8. Clean Tarnished Brass, Stainless Steel, Copper and Polish Chrome: Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets or other polished chrome with this easy to make lemon paste.  Mix lemon juice and salt, and coat the affected area. After 5 minutes, wash with warm water, rinse, and polish dry. You can use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks, as well, by applying the paste, scrubbing gently, and rinse.  You can also substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt.
  9.  Alternative to Bleach: Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
  10.  Remove Warts: Apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the wart is completely gone.  The acids in the lemon juice will actually dissolve the wart.
  11. Poison Ivy Rash: Forget calamine lotion, just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
  12. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes: Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
  13. Stomach Health: Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.
  14. Forget The Moth Balls
    A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odor throughout the closets and rooms.
  15.  Vaginal Hygiene
    Diluted lemon juice makes a safe and sane method of vaginal hygiene. Though it is a powerful antiseptic it is nevertheless free from irritating drugs in douches and suppositories.
  16. Diphtheria: Skip the vaccine for this disease. Lemon Juice Treatment still proves as one of the most powerful antiseptics and the strong digestive qualities of the fruit are admired around the world. With the juice every hour or two, and at the same time, 1/2 to 1 tsp. should be swallowed. This cuts loose the false membrane in the throat and permits it to come out.
  17. Chills and Fevers: Lemon is always a helpful remedy. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.
  18. Headaches & Hang Overs: Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is perfect for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes.
  19. Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows: For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.
  20. Remove Berry Stains: It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.
  21. Get Rid of Tough Stains on Marble:  If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain on marble, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well. Use These Lemons To Clean – Easy and Effective.
  22. Treat Flaky Dandruff: If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.
  23. Oral Health & Freshens Breath: Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel. For Oral Health,
    Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches.
  24. Face Cleanser: Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.
  25. Clean and Whiten Nails: Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
  26. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier: Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stove top instead and just simmer the water periodically.
  27. Blonde Highlights: For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.
  28. Lighten Age Spots: Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
  29. Soggy Lettuce:  Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.
  30. Purifies Blood: We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavors. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.
  31. Keep Guacamole Green:  You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.
  32. Deodorize Your Garbage: If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.
  33. Treat Infections: Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.
  34. Fruit and Vegetable Wash: You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too.
  35. Anti-Aging: Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.
  36. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen and your Home! You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. 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. They hate the smell.
  37. Prevents Kidney Stones: Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
  38. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
    Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
  39. Refresh Cutting Boards
    No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.
  40. Mental Health: Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.
  41. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown
    Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.
  42. High Blood Pressure: Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.
  43. Freshen the Fridge: Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.

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