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Published January 14th 2013
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade
Lemons are plentiful, lots of people have a lemon tree growing in their own backyard, and most trees produce far more fruit than you can use. Lemons are great to use in cooking or to make lemonade but did you know there lemons have lots of other uses?
1. Sanitise Food Surfaces. Rub a sliced lemon over the surface of a chopping block to sanitise it and get rid of food smells such as onion, garlic and fish.
2. Make Lemon Cubes. Freeze freshly squeezed lemon juice in an ice cube tray. Good to have on hand for cooking or to pop in a drink.
3. Natural Cleaner. Lemon juice works as a natural cleaning product. Squeeze the juice directly onto the surface or mix with water to clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces - helps to remove sticky residue, stains and dirt.
4. Natural Weed Killer. Squeeze lemon juice onto hard to get to weeds like ones growing on pathways and paving. Lemon juice is also good for getting rid of ants, cockroaches and fleas. Insects hate the acidic smell of lemons, so spray the areas with lemon juice. Mop the Floor with a lemon juice and water solution to ward off insects.
5. Stop Hiccups. Suck on a wedge of lemon to get rid of hiccups. The sourness temporarily shocks your system and interrupts the hiccup spasms.
6. For Oily Hair. If you have lank, oily hair mix the juice of a lemon with warm water and use it as a final rinse when you wash your hair.
7. Nails. Rub a wedge of lemon over your fingernails to brighten them.
8. Pimples. Dab a little lemon juice onto pimples. The juice will dry the pimple out, and help to keep the pores clean and unblocked.
9. Sore Throats. To ease a sore throat mix the juice of a lemon with warm water and honey to make a soothing drink.
10. Laundry. To brighten your laundry up, add the juice of a lemon to the wash cycle. Lemon juice also removes stains on clothing, just rub the stain with lemon juice before washing.
11. Keeps Cats Away. If you have a problem with stray cats in your garden, grind up some lemon peel and sprinkle it around. Cats hate the citrusy smell and will avoid the treated areas.
These are just a few suggestions, you can use lemons for many other things. Keep in mind that lemon juice is a natural bleach and it is pretty sticky, so you might want to wipe counter tops, floors etc, down with a damp cloth.
As well as freezing the juice, finely grated rind also keeps well in the freezer. It doesn't freeze solid so it is easy to just crumble off what you need for delicious zest lemon icing, tangy cheesecake or a seasoned crust for fish