Household Uses for Lemons

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After a hellish week at work, I thought I'd be kicking back this weekend with the last of my Girl Scout cookies and watching a marathon of Law & Order; but I surprised myself by FINALLY getting motivated to prune the lemon tree in my backyard. With my recent abundance of lemons, I figure I could give some away to family and friends and a card with the list of handy uses for lemons collected at Hippyshopper. Take a look at more photos along with the tips after the jump!

[ A crazy find during the pruning phase: a heart-shaped lemon! ]

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Anyone need lemons? No, really...and this is only a small percentage of the lemons we picked!

Handy Household Uses for Lemons from Hippyshopper:


  • Remove limescale from draining board and taps - Use half a lemon to rub over stainless steel draining boards and taps. Leave a minute, rinse, and shine with a dry cloth.

  • Freshen up your dishwasher - Use half a lemon and jam it onto an upright in your dishwasher. Shells fresh, helps cut grease, and has got to be more eco-friendly than those plastic lemon shaped things that you can buy to do the same job.

  • Exfoliate and clean your feet - Mix up some lemon pulp and brown sugar and get rubbing. Rinse and moisturize

  • Highlight your hair - Much better for you and the environment than commercial bleaches. Mix the juice of one lmeon with one teaspoon salt, and apply to hair with a comb. Get out into the sun for a couple of hours. Do some vegetable gardening, tend to your lemon tree, go for a walk, you get the picture. Don't do this too often though, it will dry your hair out

  • Keep fruits from browning - Add lemon juice to freshly cut apples or pear slices to keep them from turning brown

  • Repel weeds - Sprinkle lemon juice around areas in the garden to repel weeds (but not near plants you want, but cracks and such)

  • Polish Copper pots - Use lemon juice plus salt to turn tarnished copper pots shiny again

  • Cat Pee Repeller - If your cat has a favorite chair or sofa that it likes to pee in, make a lemon-water mix and spray it on the spot and the cat won't go there again
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    Nan carefully inspecting 1/10th of the lemon supply.

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