5 surprising uses for lemons
Lemon tea, lemon water, lemon cake…there’s a lot to love about the citrus fruit. But what else can you use a juicy lemon for? We’re got 5 surprising uses for you to try:
If you want to keep blackheads at bay, lemons might do the trick. So forget expensive and often useless pore strips, and try a natural solution instead. Simply rub lemon juice on the trouble spot once at night. Rinse with water in the morning and you should notice a dramatic improvement.
Think of lemon as a natural bleach – which is why teenage girls used to squeeze the juice into their hair and lay in the sun to get highlights (although today’s hair stylists caution against it!). But it can be safely used to remove yellowing from nails. Just pop your nails in a bowl of water and lemon juice (about 1 cup of water to 1 lemon) and soak them for a few minutes before rinsing with water.
No more smelly fridge
Got a funky fridge? And no, not one that plays music – one that really reeks? Then just use a little lemon juice on a sponge. Put it in the fridge for a few hours and it should absorb all the nasty odours.
Reduce your use of salt
Salt isn’t exactly good for the heart. But sometimes you need a little lift to flavour a meal. Try lemon instead. It’ll still give your taste buds the zest it needs, without needing to season your food.
What about outdoors? Yep, lemon is handy there as well. It’s a natural weed killer, and can even be used to stop ants and bugs from coming indoors (just spray a mist of lemon juice around doors and windows).