Nothing beats the summer heat quite like a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. Is your mouth watering yet? Lemons are quite affordable at about 25 cents each to punch up desserts, drinks and marinades. But uses for lemons go beyond cooking and save money in unexpected ways.

Cleaning Duty – Lemons have amazing cleansing properties. The acidic juice also kills most bacteria. Create a paste with the juice of one lemon and a tablespoon of baking soda to cut through greasy messes. Dilute lemon juice with water for an all-purpose cleaner too.

Smelly Sinks Be Gone – Place leftover or used lemon slices (diced) in stinky drains, and run the garbage disposal to freshen the sink.

Dishwasher Revival – Pour the juice of one lemon into the detergent container of the dishwasher. Run on normal settings to clean the dishwasher while removing stains and built-up grime.

Sanitize and Deodorize Hands – Lemon juice removes the scent of marinating sauces, olive oil or onion from busy kitchen hands. Simply scrub a slice of lemon over each hand and wash like normal.

Remove Stains – Squeeze a few droplets of lemon juice on any clothing stain and leave for about five minutes. Works best for ink, underarm, and grass stains. Wash clothing on regular settings.

Sore Throat Remedy – Mix the juice of one lemon with a mug of water and heat until steaming. Drink slowly for maximum results. Add some honey for a splash of sweetness.

Restore Metal – Copper pots, steel mixing bowls, and silverware are sparkling new after a good scrubbing with lemon juice and coarse salt. Simply rub delicate metals with lemon juice for a nice shine.

On the Chopping Block – Cutting boards carry a lot of bacteria if not properly cleaned. Use lemon juice after each round of chopping vegetables or fruits to fully sanitize the cutting board.

Naturally Lighten Hair – Spritz a mixture of lemon juice and water on hair and completely comb through until hair is moistened. Ride a bicycle, go for a run, or sit on the patio to expose your hair to sunlight for a least an hour. Wash and condition to notice sun-kissed locks.

Exfoliate and Tone Skin – Lightly rub a lemon slice or cotton ball dipped in lemon juice on the face, focusing on the forehead, nose, and chin. Rinse with water and enjoy your glowing skin.

Prevent Food Browning – Some produce contains enzymes that react with oxygen when sliced, causing unpleasant browning. Squirt lemon juice on offenders like apple slices, bananas, and potatoes.

Homemade Lemon Scrub – The Body Shop makes my favorite body scrubs, but they tend to be very pricey. Whenever I run out, I make a homemade scrub using the juice of one lemon, about 4 tablespoons of coarse salt and a splash of olive oil. Make sure to coat the salt with oil first, and then add the lemon juice.

Use all of the juice, but still have leftover lemon peel? Either zest the lemon beforehand and freeze or candy the lemon peels to make tasty treats or pretty cupcake toppers. If only I could grow my own useful tree of sunshine in the backyard.

This has been a guest post by Caitlyn from Davenport, IA.
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