5 Ways with… Lemons

By , SparkPeople Blogger
From our partners at Woman's Day

Learn how to make the most of common household items, like hair dryers, dryer sheets and toothpicks, when you watch our 5 Ways video series! Each week we will feature a different item, which you most likely have lying around the house, and show you five new uses for it—surprising even the most savvy homemaker. For instance, did you know the absorbent powders in sidewalk chalk can soak up stains on clothing? Or that dryer sheets can calm frizzy-hair flyaways? Today, tune in to our latest installment, in which WomansDay.com Assistant Editor Brynn Mannino demonstrates five new ways to put lemons to use as a cleaning product, deodorizer and more!

Tips from the Video:
  1. Deodorize yourself. Use a gutted lemon as an all-natural deodorant for your armpits and feet.
  2. Soothe sunburn. Apply lemon juice to the affected area. It will help your skin recover more quickly from a mild sunburn.
  3. Pre-treat stains. Squeeze lemon juice on an ink stain, let sit overnight, then launder as usual. Repeat as necessary before drying.
  4. Polish copper pots. Make a thick paste of lemon juice and salt (suggested ratio: half lemon to 2 tbsp of salt), and rub it on copper to remove oxidation. Rinse well before drying completely.
  5. Clean the microwave. Mix 3 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups of water in a microwave safe bowl; nuke on high for 5 to 10 minutes, allowing the steam to condense on the inner walls of the oven. Thanks to the acids found in lemon juice, food and grease will wipe away easily, leaving only a fresh scent in your microwave.

Related links:
5 Ways to Get Your Whites Whiter

Eliminate Kitchen Odors

How to Zest a Lemon

Do you ever use lemons or lemon juice around the house?

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