As I sit writing this, I am staring out my window at yet another dull, grey spring day. The weather has been handing us lemons people, there’s no two ways around it. While some would say that’s a bad thing, I can’t help but think of the old adage, “When life hand you lemons, make lemonade”. I happen to love lemons and there’s no better way to bring the sunlight into your home than with a great big bowl of sunshine on your counter. Aside from making lemonade, lemons have a multitude of uses. So don’t let the weather get you down, here are 10 uses for lemons to brighten up your day!
1) As decor. Fill a big bowl full of lemons and feel your mood lift instantly. Lemons last a lot longer on your counter than fresh flowers and you can grab one anytime for one of the great uses to follow!
2) To keep your food from browning, squeeze half a lemon over chopped fruit, like apples, to keep from browning. Lemons are also great to use in your guacamole to keep it from browning. Nobody wants to eat brown guacamole, right?
3) Rub cut lemons over the inside of plastic compost and garbage bins to eliminate the stink….fast.
4) For perfectly fluffy rice every time, add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to the pot while rice is simmering. Of course, if you want your rice sticky, don’t do this.
5) Slice lemons and place in a small saucepan with water on stove. Let simmer for an hour and your house will smell lemony fresh.
6) Sanitize your wood cutting boards by rubbing a cut lemon over surface. Let the board absorb the lemon.
7) Clean your microwave. Place a bowl with 1 1/2 cups water and three tablespoons of lemon in a microwave safe bowl and turn on for 3 to 5 minutes until water boils. Let steam release in microwave for a few minutes, then wipe it clean easily.
8) Drink warm lemon water every morning before you have anything else to aid digestion and clean your liver.
9) When limes are expensive, substitute in lemons. No one will know the difference.
10) Remove berry and beet stains. Rub undiluted lemon juice on your hands and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing with warm, soapy water.