8 Surprising Ways to Use Lemons

1. WHITEN SOCKS AND LINENS.

To whiten socks and linens, boil some water and throw in a slice of lemon. Then, drop in your socks. They’ll be white in no time. Here’s a step by step guide to whitening socks and linens with lemons.

2. REMOVE SMELL FROM HANDS.

If you’ve been cutting onions or handling fish and the smell won’t go away, try dipping your hands in a bowl of lemon juice.

Not only will it remove the yuk smell, it’ll add a yum smell! Here’s how to rid smells from your hands with lemons.

3. LEMON RIND FOOD CONTAINERS.

Don’t let those rinds go to waste! If you have a used lemon half, simply fill it with Jell-O and refrigerate. Slice into wedges for a fun treat! Check out the full lemon rind Jell-O instructions at Somewhat Simple.

But don’t stop at Jell-O. You could fill lemon rinds with all sorts of things, from pudding to yogurt.

4. LEMON RIND SEEDLING PLANTERS.

Instead of chucking those lemon rinds, why not reuse them? They can easily be reused as seedling planters! Simply clean out a lemon half, add a small hole at the bottom for drainage and fill with dirt and add a seed! It will be a cute addition to your kitchen window. Check out how to start seedlings in lemon rinds from Apartment Therapy.

Once it’s ready to transplant to your outside garden, there’s no need to do anything with the rind. Since it’s biodegradable, you can just stick the entire thing in the dirt. So easy!

5. GARBAGE DISPOSAL FRESHENER.

It’s not easy to clean down in the nooks and crannies of the garbage disposal. Just chop up a lemon rind and run it through to freshen it up and keep it smelling great!

6. CLEAN DISCOLORED OR SPOTTY CUTLERY.

With so much use, it doesn’t take long for forks, spoons and knives to look a little grungy or even rusty. Making them look new again is easy!

Simply grab a sponge, dab it in lemon juice, and wipe over each cutlery piece. Thanks for the tip, The Kitchn. Read more here: cleaning spotty knives with lemon juice.

7. SOFTEN AND CLEAN OLD PAINTBRUSHES.

Bob Vila has used a paintbrush or two. If you have one that is hardened and not easy to clean, he suggests the power of lemon.

Boil some water, add lemon juice, and then place your stiff paintbrushes. Let them simmer for about 15 minutes and they will be ready for more painting!

8. KEEP CRITTERS OUT OF THE GARDEN.

Save lemon rinds by freezing them all winter, then bury them just under the surface of your garden soil regularly in the summer. It’ll keep squirrels and cats from digging around. Read more here in the Old Farmer’s Almanac: How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Garden.

 

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