Thursday, February 12, 2009

Green Move 10: When Life Gives You Lemons

I love lemons! They are bright, cheery and versatile-- in fact, in many cases, they are are a great alternative to chemical laden cleaners. Below is a list of my 15 favorite ways to celebrate the jewel of the citrus family.

When life gives you lemons, go green...

1) Clean your cutting boards by using salt and half a lemon as a scrub

2) Deodorize and sharpen your garbage disposal by adding a cut up lemon and a cup of ice

3) Buffer a sharp blade

4) Make your own all-purpose cleaning solution by combining lemon juice, vinegar and water in a spray bottle



5) Add lemon juice to your laundry to whiten your whites and get things smelling fresh and clean



6) Clean copper, tarnished brass and stainless steal by applying a paste of lemons and salt, then rinse for a spot free finish
7) Create a natural furniture polish by combining 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts olive oil


8) Clean your microwave

9) Keep your flowers looking fresh picked with 2 tablespoons lemons juice, 1 quart of water and 1 tablespoon sugar


10) Get sparkling windows using 4 tablespoons lemon juice to half a gallon of water
11) Make a lemon candle

12) Deodorize your hands after a bout with garlic or onion chopping

13) Make lemon sugar to give your sweetener a little zing (recipe here)

14) Use lemon juice as a way to keep the ants a bay instead of insecticides


15) Make your fire even cozier- add a few lemon peels to the flames and really light up the night


PS) My all-time favorite lemony recipe is Mediterranean Salad from Giada De Laurentiis- it's like a bowl of sunshine, really.
(images, martha stewart living, country living, foodnetwork)

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Tara said...

Thanks for the tip on getting your whites whiter with lemons. I've been using soap nuts for washing which are great but they need an extra boost for whites!

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

wow! Good to know lemon juice works for ants. Great tips!

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