You've all heard the old saying: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But did you know that there's an entire world of alternative options when it comes to what you can use lemons for? Here, we have compiled 18 different ways you can use your sour citrus around your home, on your body, and in your fridge – use them to really turn something sour into something sweet.
#1. Make them last longer.
First of all, make sure you are storing your lemons right. Instead of leaving them out on the counter top, place them in a jar, fill it with water, put a lid on it, and place in the fridge. The water seals the lemon peel and will prevent the lemons from drying out.
#2. Brighten your nails.
Mix lemon juice and baking soda into a paste. Apply the paste to your nails and lightly massage. This will leave your nails clean and bright.
#3. Get your chrome gleaming.
Instead of using expensive toxic cleaners, scrub the hard water stains on your chrome fixtures with a lemon. It will leave them shiny and sparkling.
#4. Use lemon zest for flavor…not to mention health benefits.
Use a grater to make lemon zest. Store in the freezer and use when needed. Zest can be used to flavor tea, smoothies, desserts, salads, and dressings.
Bonus: Limonene is a compound found in the peels of lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Limonene is chemopreventative and chemotherapeutic against lung, liver, mammary, and skin cancer. Researchers say even as little as a tablespoon of grated lemon can benefit us significantly.
#5. Freeze cut lemons so you don't run out.
Cut them into slices, place on cookie sheet, and freeze. Then place them in a ziploc bag and use them when you need them.
#6. Make your home smell amazing.
Add 1 sliced lemon, 3 fresh rosemary sprigs, and 1-3 tablespoons of vanilla to a shallow pot of water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer. Add more water as needed. Enjoy the fresh clean spring smell.