The 11 Best Household Uses for a Lemon

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Source: Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker

Source: Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker

There’s an old saying, “When life gives you lemons, use them to do just about anything around the house.” Ok, maybe that’s not exactly how it goes, but perhaps it should. Consider this — lemons, packed with vitamins, are just as effective in interacting with your immune system as they are in, well, almost all other realms of life. Here are our top 11 household uses for a lemon.

11. Frustrated by the lingering smell on your cutting board? If you cook often with garlic, fish, or onions, then the answer is most likely ‘yes.’ To help add a few years to your board’s life — and to get rid of the staying smell — try rubbing it with a cut half of a lemon. Bottled lemon juice works, too.

10. Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and has a variety of antibacterial properties. Slice a lemon and squeeze several tablespoons into a spray bottle. Use it to help wash fruits and vegetables. Bonus: Your produce will smell nice after it’s done being washed, too.

9. Soggy lettuce makes for a culinary conundrum — does anyone want to eat it, really? How can you use it in recipes? Fear not. Crisp up the soggy lettuce by adding the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. After putting the soggy lettuce in the water, refrigerate for one hour and dry the leaves completely.

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