When life hands you lemons, you could make lemonade.
Or you could clean the tub, make a cocktail, and get rid of your dandruff.
Because let’s get real, when you are dealing with a citrus that is this amazing, why limit yourself to just lemonade? The lemon applications for keeping your home and your body fresh and clean are seemingly endless.
The following eight tips are some of our favorite ways to use lemons to get cleaned up naturally:
Natural Glass Cleaner
Looking for an all-natural way to clean your windows and mirrors? Lemons are to the rescue! Or more accurately – lemon and vinegar. Combine 1 TBS white wine vinegar and 2 TBS lemon juice in a spray bottle with 1 cup of hot water. Shake until the contents are thoroughly combined. Use as you would any traditional glass cleaner.
Bonus Tip: If you are looking for the ultimate streak-free finish, try newspaper. We are not going to go into the science behind it, but we can tell you the black and white daily news works.
Lemons are a fabulous scrubbing machine. They can help you remove everything from stubborn food to gunky mold. Slice a lemon in half, sprinkle the flesh with some coarse sea salt, and scrub away. You will be amazed at high quickly the grime disappears.
Natural Bleach Alternative
Yellow sweat stains have you in a funk? Not so pleasing tint to your white sink? Hello lemon juice! Lemon is a natural bleach. Scrub the stain with lemon juice and watch as the discoloration fades.
Greasy stovetop giving you a headache? Take a deep breath. Lemon juice is a natural degreaser. Mix ½ parts lemon juice with 2 parts white wine vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on your stove and scrub. Your grease will disappear.
Feeling like you need to up your beauty routine. Once again – it is lemons to the rescue! This bright citrus is a bleach-free way to give your hair a little bit (or a lot of) blond highlight. Simply add lemon juice to your hair in streaks and go about your day in the sun. (There has to be sun for this to work.) Your hair will naturally lighten. (Also note, you will want to make sure you add the juice to the innermost roots to avoid experiencing intense grow out.)
Natural Ant Repellant
Dealing with some ants at home? Save your lemon peels. They can help you get rid of or keep ants from coming into your home. Combine peels and vinegar in a pot. Heat until steaming. Allow to cool overnight. Strain liquid and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the liquid where you have seen (or suspect to have seen) the ants. The mixture will deter them from returning.
Natural Dandruff Eliminator
Dealing with some of those pesky white flakes? It can happen to the best of us. But, this doesn’t mean you have to avoid wearing black and carry a dandruff brush everywhere you go. The brilliant yellow fruit can save your scalp. Squeeze the juice generously onto the affected areas of your scalp. Allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. Then rinse your hair thoroughly. The lemon juice will help balance the pH levels of your scalp and reduce (or eliminate) dandruff.
Diluted lemon juice can be sprayed throughout your home to freshen up your space. It can also be used as a deodorant. Simply rub a cut lemon over your armpits. It kills bacteria and delivers a fresh scent.
Furthermore, lemon can help you eliminate odors from drainpipes. This is particularly true when you are dealing with a garbage disposal. Cut the peel into small pieces, drop it down the disposal, and run. For drains without disposals, simply squeeze the juice of a lemon down the pipe. Let the juice sit overnight. This will not only help with the scent, the acid can help break up any blockage. Just be sure to take a damp cloth and wipe down any exposed metal or percaline that may have come into contact with the lemon.
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