Why lemons are a homeowner’s best friend: 6 surprising uses


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Lemons_BigThat lemon-fresh scent not only wakes up your senses, but it can also come to your rescue when faced with a number of household cleaning issues and other dilemmas. Here, with advice from the "Old Farmer’s Almanac," are 10 ways lemons can lend a helping hand in your home.

  • Are your utensils discolored from pasta sauces or taco seasoning? Clean them with a dishcloth dipped in lemon juice.
  • Grind up sliced lemons in your garbage disposal to get rid of lingering food smells.
  • Mix equal parts lemon juice and canola oil, and use the mixture on a soft cloth to rub out scratches on furniture.
  • Make your kitchen and bathroom fixtures shiny again by rubbing them with lemon peel. Then wash and dry with a soft cloth, removing any spots.
  • Food smells sticking to your rolling pin or cutting boards? Rub with lemon and don’t rinse! The wood will absorb the lemon juice.
  • Leave a lemony scent in your wake as you vacuum — simply put a few drops of lemon juice in the dust bag.
  • Get your athletic socks looking new again by boiling them in water with lemon slices.
  • Help get rid of strong odors in the refrigerator by leaving a cotton ball or sponge soaked in lemon juice inside for a few hours.
  • Keep ants away by squirting lemon juice around doorways and windowsills. You can also leave lemon peels around the outdoor entrances.
  • That annoying food that’s stuck on the walls of your microwave will wipe off easily if you first cook 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 ½ cups of water for 5 to 10 minutes. The steam will help loosen the food particles.