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Uses for Lemon Juice

Uses for Lemon Juice

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  • Whiten discolored chopping boards with lemon juice. It will also work on yellowed ivory handles.

  • Poached fish will be firmer and whiter if you add lemon juice to the cooking liquid.

  • After cutting smelly garlic or onions on a wood board, rub the surface with a slice of freshly cut lemon, rinse well and dry.

  • To get more juice from lemons, halve them, heat on high in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, then squeeze.

  • Remove fruit or berry stains from your hands by rinsing with lemon juice.

  • Stir a tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of fresh, sweet milk when you need a substitute for sour cream or buttermilk.

  • To avoid that funny aftertaste in diet desserts, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

  • Use lemon juice in the washer to remove rust and other mineral discoloration from cotton t-shirts and briefs.

  • Use lemon juice to remove ink spots on cloth.

  • Discolored socks will look white again if you boil them for a few minutes in a pan of water with a slice of lemon in it.

  • Cut a lemon in half and use it, with a little salt sprinkled on it, to dean brass and copper items, and stainless steel kitchen sinks.

  • To shine smooth aluminum, rub it with the cut side of a lemon.

  • To eliminate odors in home humidifiers, pour 3 or 4 capfuls of bottled lemon juice in the water.

  • Lemon juice is the natural way to whiten and brighten nails. Soak them in it for 5 to 10 minutes, then brush with a mixture of equal amounts of white vinegar and warm water. Rinse well.

  • Write a message on a piece of paper with a cotton swab using lemon juice as invisible ink. After the "ink" is dry, hold the paper near a hot light bulb (not too dose!). The writing will turn brown and you'll be able to read the message.

  • The fastest way to dry up a facial blemish is to dab it with lemon juice a few times a day.

  • When serving messy finger food like ribs or fried chicken, provide finger bowls. Float lemon slices in small glass dishes so that guests can rinse their fingers. (Be ready to enlighten anyone who assumes you're serving cold lemon soup.)

  • Use lemon juice to bleach and soften grubby elbows: place a few drops of baby oil into two lemon halves. Stick elbows in the lemon, tape in place and leave on for 30 minutes.

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September 5, 2013
are you really in port maquarie?
loue reading your excellent and eco friendly tips. Iue recently moved to north haven and am looking for a jewish women's group to join. Any information would be most welcome. Happy new year! Joan adel
joan adel
north hauen
October 11, 2010
lemon juice
I can remember my mother always having half a lemon sitting on a saucer on the kitchen sink and whenever she finished cooking or washing dishes she would rub the tips of her fingers into the lemon. Her nails always looked so white and clean.
Nancy Griffin
Port Macquarie, NSW australia
June 4, 2009
Kelly Rae
Thank you for the reply. I am going to try my recipe for polishing furniture with both fresh lemon juice and with the bottled juice. I will post back and let you know how it goes.
Amanda
Lake City, TN
June 3, 2009
Amanda
I am not sure. If you do try the bottled lemon juice, will you comment back and let us know?

Thank you
Kelly Rae
Newberry, SC
June 3, 2009
fresh lemons only?
When using lemon juice for cleaning do you have to use fresh squeezed lemon juice or will the bottled kind work as well?
Amanda
Lake City, TN
January 13, 2009
To Mary
That also works well on copper. When used the same way, copper kitchen ware comes out absolutely brilliant. If it is a copper bowl used for whipping egg whites then the chemical reaction of the acid and salt and copper make your egg whites actually whip better and fold in easier - a wonderful trick when making the lightest matzoh balls - I learned this from my cousin.
Kelly Rae
Sydney, AU
January 10, 2009
On Brass
Half a lemon sprinkled with salt leaves a soft sheen on 100% brass. You avoid that horrible-smelling store brass cleaner that leaves white stuff in cracks.
Mary
January 14, 2007
One way to preserve Lemon Juice
When we have a bumper crop of lemons or see bags of them on sale, I juice them, pour the juice into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
Once completely frozen, I then pop them out of the trays and store the pure lemon juice in zipper plastic bags in the freezer. This way I always have a fresh tasting lemon on hand in case a recipe calls for it.
Thanks for all the great tips! I especially liked the one for removing garlic/onion smell from cutting boards. Cheers!

Kelly Rae
Sydney, AU
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