Practical Uses for a Lemon

They’re so versatile, there really is no excuse for not having them on your shopping list.

Bursting with citric acid, the juice of lemons has a low pH, great natural antibacterial properties and is a perfect natural whitener, making it top of the natural cleaners.   As part of our Practical Uses CANDoables Series, let’s get down and dirty with just what you CANDo with a lemon.


  1. Buff up your copper pots and pans – if you’ve not already swopped them all for stainless steel versions!
  2. Rub half a lemon on your chrome taps, car bumpers and anything else “chrome”, then rinse and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
  3. Liven up white cloth serviettes, table linens and socks by filling a large pot with water and adding one or two lemons in slices.  Bring to the boil and then turn off the heat.  Add whatever linen or socks you want to whiten up and leave for an hour to soak.  Afterwards, launder as usual.
  4. Freshen up your chopping board by rubbing full strength lemon juice onto any stain and leaving overnight to dry until the stain fades.  This will also help kill any lurking germs.
  5. Place a microwavable cup 3/4 full of water plus 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.  Heat to boiling point and leave to cool down.  After 10 minutes remove the cup and whip away any bits of food, etc., with a clean cloth.
  6. Breath new life into your plastic food containers if they’re looking a little sad and stained by soaking them in a mixture of diluted lemon juice and baking power.  Scrub, then rinse thoroughly.
  7. Freshen up your fridge by leaving half a lemon in there.  Replace with a fresh half once a week.
  8. Rub half a lemon on your glass shower doors to shift hard water stains.
  9. Rinse your hair with diluted lemon juice to remove build up of hair products and help keep hair soft and shiny.
  10. Add a squirt of lemon juice to ice cold water for a low calorie, refreshing summer drink.

NO CANDoable:  Take care with surrounding wood or fabrics, which could get damaged.

Be sure to check the effects on a small area before trying lemon juice cleaner on a large scale if you’re unsure of it’s potential.

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