On your next trip to the grocery, do yourself a favour and make sure to grab some lemons. Here are some of its uses:
1. Natural home freshener. Keep your home free from disgusting odours by filling a pot with water and adding sliced lemons, sprigs of rosemary, and half a teaspoon of vanilla. Just let this concoction simmer and voila, your home will be smelling heavenly all day long!
2. Avoid oxidation of fruits and vegetables. Serving fruits and vegetables for a dinner party? When you need to prepare them early, you always worry about oxidation (the discolouration that occurs after they're exposed to the air). Stop the darkening by squeezing a few drops of lemon juice on the cut portions of fruits and vegetables.
3. Clean the microwave in under 30 seconds. You need not go through great lengths to make your microwave oven sparkly again. Keep it clean and smelling fresh by allowing the steam of lemon juice to sit in your microwave before wiping it with a cloth.
4. Deodorise wooden kitchen utensils. You're using them to cook your food so it's just right you rid them of unpleasant smell. Using a sponge, rub them with the pulp of half a lemon and they're instantly deodorised.
5. Clean and polish chrome and stainless steel fixtures. Kitchen and bathroom fixtures made of chrome and steel are sometimes hard to clean and maintain. Get some help from lemon. Rub cut lemon onto the chrome fixtures until stains are gone.
6. Whiten clothes. Lemons also aid in your laundry as it is a great bleach alternative. The citric acid in lemons can remove stains. Just add a cup of lemon juice together with your detergent to your load of wash.
7. Get rid of ants. Fight these pesky crawlers from taking over your home with a lemon juice solution. Ants hate the scent of citrus fruits so feel free to spray the solution on areas you want off-limits to ants.
8. Keep cats away from your plants. Similarly, cats hate the smell of lemons. If you want to prevent them from going near your plants (and destroying them), place cut lemon skin mixed with coffee grounds on the soil of your plants.
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