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Friday, July 14, 2006

Using Lemons Around the House

I love lemon in my tea. It adds that extra little kick that I find enjoyable. After doing some research on the net, I found some other ways to use lemons.

  • Removing Coffee Stains from Your Coffee Pot or Thermos: Add a couple of lemon wedges, ice cubes and salt. Stir it all together vigorously. The acid in that lemon juice will remove the stain and leave the pot shiny and clean.
  • Cleaning the Sink Disposal: When you have used your lemon slices, remove the "peel" and toss them into the disposal and run it. The oils from the lemon peel make those horrid disposal smells a thing of the past! The lemon's acid will eat at any caked on food, helping to keep your disposal clean.
  • Curing Dry Skin: Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a small bowl and use it to rub on your elbows, knees and any dry patches on your skin. Your skin will feel refreshed and moisturized.
  • Dry Them for Decorating: They can be added to potpourri, decorate a wreath or place near a candle wreath, or adorn your Christmas tree with a few. Just place slices on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 175 for 4-6 hours. You might also want to add in some lime or orange slices to create a citrus theme.
  • Disinfectant: A lemon is a natural disinfectant. If you run out of what you normally use, try some lemon juice. Gently wipe it on your skin, your counters, whatever needs some disinfecting. The acid is the key.
  • Curing A Sore Throat: Squeeze one lemon and dilute with 1 cup of hot water. Use this concoction to gargle three times a day. You'll be feeling better in no time!

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