Ten 'Make Your Own' Uses for Lemons
Lemons are cheap, natural and, above all, useful! Here are a number of innovative ways to make the most of the humble lemon.
Lighten Your HairIf you already have blonde or light hair, lemon is a great natural highlighter which will help accentuate your hair’s natural beauty. It won’t significantly lighten darker hair.
To lighten your hair with lemon juice, choose a sunny day! Rub some fresh lemon juice into your hair evenly, taking care to reach the roots and the hairline. Leave the juice in your hair for around an hour while you sit in the sun, then rinse. Leaving it much longer than this can dry your hair out.
You can repeat this process once a week for a limited period to get the desired effect but be careful that the acid does not dry out your hair.
Good HealthLemon juice has many reported health properties and many people swear by it to ward off or soothe colds or sore throats. Try drinking a lemon squeezed into hot water every morning to keep bugs at bay. If you’re suffering from a cold or sore throat, drink it in hot water with some honey.
CleaningLemons are a great natural cleaner. Baking soda used with lemon juice will clean and brighten a variety of surfaces such as chopping boards, sinks, draining boards, taps and work tops.
De-greasingLemon juice also makes a great cleaner and shiner for glass and windows. Add half a lemon to a bucket of water and buff off with newspaper.Adding a good squeeze of lemon juice to washing up water, as well as washing-up liquid, can help to cut through grease.
Freshen UpLemons will also add a lovely citrus-fresh scent to places that tend to get stinky, such as microwaves and fridges. To freshen a fridge just place lemon halves in the fridge or soak a sponge in lemon juice.
To refresh the smell of your microwave, squeeze half a lemon into a cup of water and microwave for around three minutes.
Putting a lemon in your dishwasher will also neutralise any unpleasant odours.