You bought too many lemons, you can’t use them all, but you don’t want to throw them away. What do you do? Well, you’re in the right place because we have five ways you can put them to good use!
Using Lemons in Cooking
For thousands of years, people all over the world have been using lemons in cooking, so why not follow their lead? Due to its acidity, lemon will help you to cook tender meat while marinating and creating an explosion of flavor in the mouth with fish.
Elsewhere, it’s one of the rare fruits that works in smoothies, dressings, beverages, and even as a sauce with olive oil and herbs. When in a vegetable salad, for example, lemon will add a kick and bring the dish to life.
Just when you think lemon does enough, it can be used for :
- Soured cream (when added to regular cream)
- Buttermilk (when added to regular milk)
- Grains (to prevent them from sticking)
Lighten Hair With Lemon Juice
From food to hair, this is something else we love, and lemon juice has been known to help those with dandruff. After adding a couple of tablespoons and allowing it to sit in the scalp, rinse through with warm water and this could just resolve your problems. If not, try it again and perhaps introduce it to your hair care schedule.
Of course, we should note that lemon will lighten your hair. Also, you can add a little coconut oil to prevent the scalp from drying out.
Rather than buying expensive polish, combine lemon juice with some olive oil and you’ll be away. In our experience, it’s best to mix them 1:2 and this can be used with leather and furniture. Alternatively, you can treat your metals with a 1:1 combination of lemon juice and vinegar.
In the past, we’ve even seen people use baking soda to create a lemon paste for brass and copper. When you combine a tablespoon of lemon juice with 1.5 cups of water and 0.5 cups of dry milk powder, you’ll have yourself a solution to shine your silver. Simply allow the silver to sit in the mixture overnight and use a soft cloth in the morning to bring it to its former glory.
Did you know that lemon juice can break down grease and dissolve grime? Combined with water, vinegar and cornstarch, lemon juice is commonly used for windowpanes. Suddenly, they’ll be shining brighter than ever before.
Returning to the cooking theme, cutting boards can sometimes get a little greasy. Don’t worry, cut the lemon in half, sprinkle some coarse salt on the board, and rub away. Every so often, you can also bring your plates and glassware to a shine by adding lemon juice to the dishwasher.
What about the bathroom? Well, you can get your faucets and shower fittings sparkling by rubbing the lemon on them and rinsing with warm water. Finally, you can create yourself an all-purpose cleaner for around the home with lemon, baking soda, water, and vinegar.
Sticking with the cleaning theme, we all have those annoying stains that won’t seem to go away (even with lots of scrubbing and all sorts of products!), but lemons can help. For example, mix half a cup of lemon juice and borax and you’ll have yourself a toilet cleaner. After leaving the mixture on the stains for a while, start scrubbing and the results will be amazing.
Instead of borax, use baking soda as a less harsh solution for any rust stains on marble. If you’re worried about greasy laundry, the grease can be removed with vinegar and lemon juice. To finish, lemon can also be used for a number of other stains;
- Food on the skin
- Stains on your pet’s fur
- All sorts of liquids on the carpet
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