15 Uses for Lemons

Lemons are a funny fruit. A versatile fruit, but a funny fruit. Straight up, they don’t taste all that great (although I do know people who like raw lemons) but mixed into things that lemon taste is heavenly and they are great for cleaning and sanitizing and they even make pretty decor. I thought I’d make up @@a fun little list of lemon uses@@ so you can enjoy this versatile fruit in multiple different ways.

Uses for Lemons

1. Lemonade

If life gives you lemon, make lemonade! I actually have a yummy recipe right here on Little City Adventures for Fresh Ginger Lemonade. Seriously, it’s SO good. But you can also make some classic lemonade.

2. Clean a Cutting Board

Cut a lemon in half and rub the flat side across the cutting board to sanitize and deodorize the board.

3. Garbage Disposal Freshener

Stick lemon slices and rinds down the garbage disposal to sanitize and deodorize it. This task is actually on my Ultimate Cleaning Checklist to do once per week.

4. Skincare

Dab lemon juice onto dark spots daily to lighten them up a bit or mix lemon juice to make a lovely homemade face and body scrub.

5. Polish Copper, Chrome, and Stainless Steel

Put a bit of salt onto a wedge of lemon and rub it onto copper, chrome and stainless steel fixtures to polish.

6. Sore Throat Relief

Squeeze some fresh lemon juice into hot water or tea along with yummy local honey to help relieve your sore throat.

7. Decor

Fill a pretty bowl with some bright lemons for cheap and happy decor. Stick some fresh greens or flowers in with them for a little something extra.

8. Deodorize Your Trash Can

Throw a few lemon rinds into your trash can to keep the stink at bay.

9. Whiten Nails

Rub a lemon wedge onto your finger nails to whiten and brighten them.

10. Insect Repellent

Many bugs hate the scent of lemons, spray your deck or porch with lemon juice to keep them at bay.

11. All-Natural Cleaner

You can make simple, refreshing cleaners using lemon rinds. This recipe is super easy!

12. Baking

Zest up a bit of lemon peel or squeeze some fresh lemon juice and add it to your baked goods for a refreshing lemon taste. Try out my recipes with lemon: Lemon Lavender Muffins, Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies, Lemon Citrus Shortbread Cookies, Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Scones.

13. Keep Brown Sugar Soft

Put a bit of lemon rind into your brown sugar container to help keep it fresh and soft.

14. Simmering Stovetop Scents

Simmer some lemon slices with other fruits and seasonings to make your home smell lovely. Here’s a whole list of stovetop scent recipes.

15. Save Avocados

Sprinkle a good amount of lemon juice onto browning avocado slices to help stop the browning.

What other ways do you use lemons? Any fun, favorite, lemon-y recipes?