Secret Life of the Lemon
Secret Life of the Lemon
June 18, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

What do you use your lemons for? We all know about the wonderful ways it can enhance the taste of your food and drinks, but what about some uncommon benefits of having a few extra lemons lying around? Here are some reasons why if life gives you lemons, there’s much more you can do with them than make lemonade!

Lemons are great for keeping ants out of the kitchen. A couple squirts of lemon juice around the doors, windows and any holes where ants are getting in should do the trick. They are also useful for getting rid of fleas and roaches because they hate the lemony smell. It should make it clear that they aren't welcome!

Lemon juice is also great for your skin. It naturally exfoliates, removing dead skin cells and oiliness. It is also a natural treatment for acne by helping to heal scars, remove blackheads and prevent future breakouts. Many people leave the juice on their skin overnight and rinse thoroughly in the morning.

As you may have noticed, soap and water doesn't really do the trick on wooden cutting boards but lemon juice does! As a natural cleanser it works wonders. Sprinkle some salt on your board and scrub it with the flesh side of a lemon half. Afterward, rinse with warm water. This is especially great if you use cutting boards for raw meat.

Lemon juice isn't the only useful part of a lemon. Lemon peels have some great uses as well. One use for lemon peels is keeping brown sugar soft. After a while brown sugar turns to brick! Adding some lemon peel will help keep it moist.

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