Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Queen of Clean talks Lemon

Today, some unusual ways to use lemons and lemon juice.
Deodorize your humidifer: When you smell that "dirty sock" smell pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. Not only will it remove the odor, it will replace it with a lemon fragrance. You can do this every couple of weeks. 
Clean tarnished brass (not brass plated), copper or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt or baking soda. Cover the tarnished area and let sit for about 5 minutes. Rub gently, wash, rinse and dry. Use this in your stainless steel sink too.
Polish chrome faucets with lemon juice on a paper towel. Rinse and dry.
When boiling potatoes add a teaspoon of lemon to cooking water to prevent them from turning brownish. Works with cauliflower too.
Keep your rice from sticking together by adding a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to the water. It will keep it from becoming sticky.
Deodorize and clean your garbage disposal by dropping leftover lemon or orange peels into it and turning it on with a full stream of cold water.
Clean your cutting board and deodorize it after cutting onions or garlic by rubbing with the cut side of a lemon or with lemon juice. 
Remove rust and mildew stains from clothes by rubbing with lemon juice and then laying in the sun to dry. Repeat as needed. Launder as usual. Do not use this on silks and delicate fabrics.
One last tip: To get the most juice from a lemon make sure it is at room temperature and roll it firmly on the kitchen counter before cutting it. 

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