By Freda Rumford from the March 2012 Edition
It seems that we always have too many lemons at any one time here. Real Simple Magazine has some really neat tips for using them up and helping us out.
1. Skip the bleach—add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to brighter up those fading whites.
2. Relieve a sore throat. Cut a lemon in half. Skewer
one half over a medium flame on a gas stove or an electric burner set on high and roast until the peel turns golden brown. Let cool slightly, then mix the juice with 1 teaspoon of honey.
Swallow the mixture.
3. For subtle highlights in blond hair, simmer two sliced lemons in water for one hour (add more water if needed). Strain, and then pour into a spray bottle.
4. After shredding soft cheese or other sticky foods, go over both sides of the grater with the pulp side of a cut lemon to get rid of any residue.
5. Decorate on the cheap. Fill a glass bowl with lemons for a sunny centerpiece. Or display a row of them along a windowsill.
6. Collect used toothpicks at a party so you don’t end up with them all over your tables, seats, and floors. Stick one in the lemon ahead of time to give guests the hint.
7. To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. The best part? You’ll have a house that smells like a lemon grove rather than chemicals.
8. If you have a garbage disposer you can put slices of lemons down it and let them grind it up and it will smell fresh, run your water while doing this too.