Expert DIYer uses lemons in ways I never expected. Here are 16 nifty ideas

Lemons may be one of the most useful items you could have in your home. From cooking to cleaning, lemons can do it all. But you’d be shocked at the many uses for these citrus fruits that you don’t even know about.

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Here are 16 non-typical ways you can use lemons in your home.

Insect Repellant

Are ants invading your home? Pour some lemon juice on your window sills, doorways or wherever else you find them coming in. If you have a mosquito or housefly problem, you can cut a lemon in half and stick cloves into them to repel the bloodsuckers and pests.



Source: Get Rid Off Flies Guide

All-Purpose Cleaner

Pour 5 oz. of vinegar into a spray bottle along with a lemon peel and let it sit overnight. The next day, add 5 oz. of water into it and use it as an all-natural cleaning solution.



Source: HGTV

Remove Berry Stains

Wash your hands with lemon juice to remove the berry stains. If you have berry stains on your clothes, wash them in cold water then soak the stain in lemon juice for a few minutes.



Source: Lifehacker

Clean Your Cutting Board

Sprinkle salt on your cutting board and scrub it with a halved lemon. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before repeating the process.



Source: Wimp

Clean Stainless Steel

Use the same method with a lemon and baking soda to get your stainless steel clean.



Source: Lifehacker India

Get Your Whites Bright

Soak your laundry in lemon juice and baking soda for a half hour before you wash it to get your whites whiter.



Source: Step to Health

Health Tonic

Add a teaspoon of baking soda and juice from half a lemon to a glass of mineral water and drink it each morning for two weeks in a row then rest for two weeks and repeat. This will help improve digestion, purify the liver, reduce bad cholesterol and give you a dose of vitamin C.


Source: David Wolfe

Keep Nails Strong

Soak your nails in warm water with a few drops of lemon juice to keep them strong.



Source: The Fit Indian

Lemon Candle

Halve a lemon and scoop out the guts. Pour wax into the lemon and add a wick.



Source: Soap Queen

Lighten Freckles

Rub a lemon on your face to lighten and get rid of freckles.



Source: How Stuff Works

Remove Shoe Odor

Leave lemon peels in your shoes overnight to get rid of funky smells.

Boost Immunity

Drink a warm glass of lemon water and honey on an empty stomach to boost immunity and improve digestion.



Source: Healthy Living House

Grow Seedlings

Squeeze a lemon dry and fill it with a little dirt. Add seeds and more dirt. Water and watch grow. Get the details here.



Source: My Roman Apartment

Refresh Appliances

Soak a sponge in lemon juice and wipe down your refrigerator to get rid of smells. You can also add lemon juice and run it through your dishwater or add it into your humidifier to get rid of unpleasant scents.


Source: Reader’s Digest

Finger Wash


Source: Business Insider

If you’re having a fancy dinner party, you can leave a bowl of lemon water on the table so people can wash their fingers.

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