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Lemons are used a lot in recipes, baking, drinks and so on but did you know there are some fantastic uses for lemons all around your kitchen? Here are 20 ways you can use lemons in the kitchen as more than just an ingredient in your next masterpiece:

  1. Clean your garbage disposal by throwing 1/2 a lemon down the disposal while running hot water.
  2. Add the skin of the lemon to plain vinegar and use it along with hydrogen peroxide (in separate bottle) to clean and disinfect your kitchen counters.
  3. Use 1/2 a lemon that has been juiced to clean/wipe down your stainless steel kitchen sink.
  4. Use a cut lemon to clean and sanitize your cutting boards to rid the smells of onion, fish, garlic, etc.
  5. Freshen your trashcan by adding the peel of lemon to the bottom of your garbage can (underneath the kitchen bag).
  6. Freshen your fridge by soaking a sponge with lemon juice and leaving it in the fridge overnight.
  7. Polishing your aluminum pots using the “empty” halves of the lemon. Then polish with a soft cloth. It will restore the shine and color of your aluminum pots.
  8. Remove stains from hands after handing beets with a little lemon juice.
  9. Add a little lemon juice to prevent cut avocados from browning.
  10. Add lemon juice to cut fruit such as apples or avocados to prevent them from browning and Keep fruit and veggies fresher longer by using lemon juice as the acid to make a fruit and veggie wash.
  11. Use lemon juice to revive wilted lettuce. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then add the soggy lettuce and refrigerate for 1 hour. Dry lettuce in a salad spinner before serving.
  12. Clean your microwave. Put 1-1/2 cups of water with 1/4 cup of lemon juice into bowl and place it into the microwave. Heat it for 10 minutes then wipe down microwave with washcloth.
  13. Remove soft cheese or other sticky foods from a grater. Rub both sides of the grater with the pulp side of a cut lemon.
  14. Rub kitchen faucets with lemon peel. Wash and dry with a soft cloth to shine and remove spots.
  15. Create your own air freshener. Slice some lemons, cover with water, and let simmer in a pot for about an hour. (This will also clean your aluminum pots!)
  16. Bleach Dishes. Berries and pomegranates can leave stains on your dishes. Fill the sink with warm or boiling water and lemon skins. Soak the dishes for three-to-four hours. Rinse and wipe dry.
  17. Create a Scented Humidifier. If you live in a dry winter climate, put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on low to humidify and scent the air. Add cinnamon sticks for extra aroma.
  18. “Lemon juice works great to cut the grease on dishes if you don’t have a dishwasher, but you can also use lemons in the dishwasher (in addition to dish detergent). Place a cut lemon in the top rack of the dishwasher to get that Jet-Dry clean, but make sure you secure it so that it doesn’t fly around during the wash.”
  19. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen by applying lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.
  20. Mix lemon juice with part rubbing alcohol and vinegar for the perfect window cleaner.