Saturday, June 5, 2010


Don't just keep your hair pretty, use hair spray to remove marking pen, tape & price sticker residue from glass (spray on and wipe off thoroughly) and to pretreat ink on fabric before washing.
But how about drying those pretty roses? Thoroughly spray them with hair spray, then hang them upside down until they have dried completely. Takes at least one week.

Tarnish Removal - A lemon, cut in half and dipped in salt, can be used to remove tarnish from old copper items. You can also rub a lemon juice and baking soda paste onto chrome or copper, rinse and then wipe/buff with a soft cloth or paper towel.
Stain Removal - Rub lemons onto fabric stains like ink, juice or rust as a natural stain remover.
Ant Deterrent - Lemon juice is said to repel ants, so try spraying it around places where they frequent.
Air Freshener - An equal amount of lemon juice and water added to an atomizer freshen your air naturally!
All Purpose Cleaner -  An equal amount of lemon juice and water added to a spray bottle is an effective kitchen and bathroom cleaner and can also be used on walls (spot test first).
A small amount of lemon juice can also be added to vinegar based cleaning solutions to help neutralize the smell of the vinegar.
Cleaning the microwave can be such a pain, especially when the kids have spilled over and continued cooking then it dries up! To make your job easier, heat a bowl of water and lemon slices in your microwave for 30 seconds to a minute; then wipe out the oven. It will not only make cleaning easier, it will neutralize old food odors!
Toilet Cleaner - Mix 1/2 cup borax and a cup of lemon juice for a powerful toilet cleaner that will leave it smelling extra clean!
Lime Scale Removal - Use a half lemon to clean the lime scale off a sink or taps/faucets; rinse well.
Laundry - For bleaching purposes, add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle and hang clothes outside to dry. A teaspoon of lemon juice thrown into your wash can also help your clothes to smell fresher.
Dishes - A teaspoon of lemon juice added to your dishwashing detergent can help boost grease cutting power.
Drains - Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems. If you have a garbage disposal unit, throw in some lemon peel from time to time while it's working in order to keep it smelling fresh.
Chopping boards - Rub lemon juice into your wooden chopping board, leave overnight and then rinse. Wood chopping boards appear to have anti-bacterial properties anyway, but the lemon will help kill off any remaining nasties and neutralize odors.
Glass and mirrors - 4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with half a gallon of water makes an effective window cleaner.
Degreaser - Straight lemon juice can be used as a general degreaser.
Furniture Polish - 2 parts olive oil or cooking oil mixed with 1 part lemon juice makes for an excellent furniture polish!
Hair - To lighten hair, dampen it with lemon juice and sit out in the sun for an hour. I've read that the juice of a lemon mixed with one cup warm water makes for a great hair conditioner. It should be allowed to stay in your hair for a few minutes then washed off. Exercise caution if you have a sensitive scalp.
Cuts, stings and itches - A small amount of lemon juice pour onto minor wounds can help stop bleeding and disinfect the injury (it will sting a bit). Lemon juice applied to itches, poison ivy rashes and wasp stings is said to relieve discomfort.
Hands - The smell of fish can linger on your hands, even after scrubbing with soap - rubbing your hands with lemon juice will neutralize the smell and leave your hands smelling wonderful.

Do you have more uses for these items? Please share with us! :)

Most of the uses for lemons was found at: Check them out for all kinds of green living tips!


Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

Wow, you have a lot of great hints there! Thanks for sharing :)

Firecrackerkid said...

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. I learn so much new everyday. Thanks for all these helpful tips Denise. I'll try that lemon juice on some pesky little ants that wander into our kitchen during the wet season.

Happy Valley Primitives said...

Great tips! I need to try that one about repeling ants. That's a much better way than using something that might make my dog sick. Thank you!

I Play Outside The Box said...

Some great tips Denise...thanks for sharing!

Bette said...

Great tips, Denise. Can't believe all the uses for lemons.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Whoaa...lemons are my new superhero! lol I too was excited about the ant thing--how cool is that?! Thanks for a fun and informative posting :o)
Smiles, Karen

sanjeet said...

Thanks for sharing :)
PPC Advertising India

amisha said...

Thanks for sharing :
Grow taller 4 idiots