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Monday, October 20, 2008

When life gives you lemons...

While leaving the office the other day I almosty tripped over a huge lemon that had fallen from our office lemon tree. I looked up to see many others, almost ripe and ready for use. I thought of making a batch of fesh squeezed lemonade right away, but realized there were enough large lemons there for much much more. Below are some of my favorite uses for this fruit when it is not in a yummy pie or tall glass of cold lemonade! Hopefully you will discover a few and use them in your home as well...

1.)Eliminate fireplace odor. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure

2.)Clean tarnished brass, copper or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt and coat the affected area; let sit for 5 minutes. Wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry.

3.)Refresh cutting boards. To get rid of a smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.

4.)Get rid of tough stains on marble. If washing won't remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well.

5.)Absorb odors. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours.

6.)Whiten fingernails. Rub a wedge on the surface of your nails.

7.)Remove soft cheese or other sticky foods from a grater. Rub both sides of the grater with the pulp side of a cut lemon.

8.)Ant deterrent. Pouring lemon juice around areas where ants frequent is said to repel them naturally.

9.)Clean Hands. The smell of fish can linger on your hands, even after scrubbing with soap. Rubbing hands with lemon juice will neutralize the smell and leave your hands smelling wonderful.

10.)Quick d├ęcor. Fill a glass bowl with lemons for a sunny dining table centerpiece.

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