Did you know that lemons are not only highly beneficial to your health, but can also be used in a variety of ways around your household? Follow these tips to living a lemon lifestyle.
The lemon. A small and delicious citrus fruit with amazing benefits. The idea of eating a lemon may seem sour to some but it really is quite tasty. Full of vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants this little yellow fruit does wonders for your body. Simply by adding a slice or two to a glass of water can reduce the risk of stroke, cancer, cholesterol levels, and a lot more. Lemons can even be used for household applications such as cleaning pans, glass, removing stains, and even repelling insects.
The lemon is incredibly fascinating because of how many uses it has. The taste of a lemon seems acidic, but it is actually more of an alkaline fruit. The most efficient way to extract juice from a lemon is with a juicer. Roll the lemon on the table with your palm to soften it up, slice in half, and juice. You only need a small citrus juicer or hand press. If you want you could also buy concentrated lemon juice however drinking it could be quite strong. Regardless of how you obtain lemon juice it is still important in a healthy diet as well as many household uses. Who knew such a small fruit could have such a large arsenal of natural remedies? Consider adding lemons to your grocery list and enjoy the powerful benefits they can offer.
Whiten Clothes/Remove Stains from Delicate Clothing/Boost Laundry Detergent
Looking for a better way to boost the stain fighting power in your laundry? Easy. Add a cup of lemon juice to any detergent and shake well. Use as normal.
To remove stains without risk of bleach damage combine equal parts of lemon juice and water. Add a spoonful of baking soda and allow clothes to sit in mixture for half hour before washing.
Control Odor in Fridge
First throw out any bad foods that may be causing the smell. Then freshen your fridge by soaking a few cotton balls with lemon juice and placing them in the fridge for half a day. Place one on each shelf for best results.
Control Cat Box Odor
Eliminate having to use any aerosol spray by cutting a few lemons in half and placing the cut side up in a dish. This is a great way to rid those cat odors and freshen up the room.
Keep Rice from Sticking
Looking for less sticky and more fluffy rice? Pour a tablespoon or two of lemon juice in with the rice as it is boiling. Once it cools stir it around with a fork and serve.
Restore Soggy Lettuce
Waste soggy lettuce no more. Combine the soggy lettuce in a bowl with cold water, juice from half a lemon, refrigerate for an hour or two, drain/dry lettuce, serve.
Easily Clean Your Microwave
The amount of lemon slices needed and amount of water used can vary depending on microwave size and how dirty it is. The basic idea is to take a small glass bowl with water and lemon slices.
Put the microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes and allow the water to boil. This combines the power of steam along with the natural degreasing properties of lemons.
Polish Chrome or Aluminum
To polish chrome simply use the peel from a lemon.
Drinking water with a slice or two of lemon in it will boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. This is a very simple and effective way to drop some pounds. It also helps your body stay in the alkaline side of the ph scale.
Just use lemon juice on the infected area instead of creams. It works just as good to soothe the itching and rash.
Warts-How many times have you tried to remove a wart but no luck? Easily remove warts by putting a drop or two of lemon juice on the area everyday until it is gone. The acidic properties will eventually dissolve the wart.
Blemishes/Blackheads- Use a cotton swab to apply some straight lemon juice to the blemish or blackhead daily until gone.
There are still several other household and healthy benefits to using lemons but this list should get you started.
When choosing a lemon it is important to make sure they are not too firm when you squeeze them. You want a juicy feeling lemon but not to the point where it feels mushy in your hand. Always try to get organic lemons when available to keep any harmful pesticides out of your body. Enjoy the benefits of lemons in your daily diet and begin living a healthier lifestyle.