Lemons are Not Just for Lemonade: 31 Uses for Lemons and Lemon Juice

Some common and some uncommon uses for lemons.


  1. Remove tough food stains from your cutting board by rubbing with
    lemon juice and baking soda. This will also kill germs and freshen.
  2. Clean and deodorize your microwave by placing 4 tablespoons of
    lemon juice in 1 cup of water. Place in microwaveable bowl and boil
    for 5 minutes. The condensation from the boiled mixture will enable
    the microwave to be wiped out easily, and will deodorize the oven.
  3. A paste of salt and lemon juice will clean and shine your sink
    while killing germs.
  4. Toss lemon rinds into the fireplace to freshen stale smells.
  5. Toss lemon rinds into simmering water along with cloves, cinnamon
    sticks, and orange peels to make a delightful aroma and humidify the
  6. Polish chrome faucets with a paste of baking soda and lemon juice.
  7. A few tablespoons added to the water in a humidifier will
    deodorize the air in the home.
  8. Cut a lemon in half and place in dishes for air fresheners.
  9. Stop potatoes or cauliflower from discoloring while cooking by
    placing 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in the water while cooking.
  10. Stop apples or guacamole from discoloring when preparing fruit
    salads by sprinkling lemon juice on them.
  11. Place a sponge or cotton ball dabbed with lemon juice in your
    fridge for several hours to displace foul odors. Do not forget to
    remove the spoiled food.
  12. By adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to rice while cooking you can
    prevent your rice from sticking.
  13. Freshen soggy lettuce by dipping lettuce in a bowl of cold water
    with the juice of ? lemon. Place lettuce in fridge for 1 hour. Remove
    lettuce from the bowl and allow to dry. The lettuce can then be used
    for sandwiches or salad.
  14. Ant-proof the kitchen with lemon juice. Squirt lemon juice on
    thresholds and window sills. Squeeze lemon juice into any holes or
    cracks that the ants are entering. Scatter small slices of lemon peel
    around door entrances. Ants do not like the lemon fragrance and will
    not enter your home. Lemons are also effective against roaches and
    fleas. Reader’s Digest suggests a mixture of ? gallon (2 liters) of
    water and the juice and rinds of four lemons. Wash the kitchen floor
    and the counters with this mixture and watch the insects leave.
  15. Lemon or orange peels tossed regularly into the garbage disposal
    will keep the garbage disposal smelling fresh.
  16. Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Rub the solution on
    your aluminum pans, then buff and watch them shine.


  1. Pour lemon juice directly on ink spots and wash garments in cold
  2. A mild alternative to bleach can be found in lemon juice. Soak
    garments in a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice for ? hour prior
    to washing. Lemon juice is much safer for whitening delicates than
    bleach is.
  3. Used with white vinegar lemon juice is effective in removing
    underarm stains from shirts, and blouses.
  4. Use 1 cup of lemon juice in washer with whites to help remove rust
    stains, and whiten whites. Work a paste of salt and lemon juice into
    mildew stains and allow garment to dry. Repeat process until the stain
    is gone.

Health and Beauty:

  1. Lemon juice has been used for years to lighten age spots and
    freckles, and it has an added bonus of helping to clear black heads
    and acne. Wash the face nightly with lemon juice and rinse with cool
    water in the morning.
  2. Create blond highlights by spraying the hair with lemon juice and
    sitting under the sun. Lemon juice added to shampoo aids with the
    removal of dandruff. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice to two cups of
    water to rinse hair after shampooing. Repeat process every other day
    until there are no signs of dandruff.
  3. Dry and achy hands and feet can be relieved with a mixture of
    lemon juice and olive oil used as a massage. The skin will feel softer
  4. Anyone who frequently polishes their nails knows that polish can
    create yellowing. Soak nails in lemon juice for ten minutes then dip
    in a mixture of warm water and vinegar. Not only with this help to
    whiten nails, but it also aids in strengthening them.
  5. Lemon juice provides for antibacterial treatment in minor wounds
    and aids in stopping the bleeding.
  6. Poured directly on poison ivy rash, lemon juice relieves the itch
    and discomfort.
  7. There are several different cough and sore throat remedies which
    include lemon juice. Lemon juice can also be used to kill the bacteria
    that cause bad breath.
  8. A few drops of lemon juice added to a glass of warm water drank
    before breakfast will aid with constipation.
  9. Remove the foul odor of fish or the stain of berries from your
    hands by washing them first in lemon juice and then with soap and water.
  10. Lighten, smooth, and soften elbows with lemon juice.
  11. Remove warts by applying lemon juice to the site daily until the
    wart falls off.

There is also an added benefit in using lemon juice, baking soda, or
vinegar in cleaning in that we are helping our environment by using
natural non toxic cleaners.

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