New uses for an old standby…
Who would know that lemons were such a versatile fruit? Besides the obvious advantages of cooking with lemon, lemon juice is the strongest food acid in our kitchens, strong enough to make life unbearable for most bacteria.
Remove tough food stains from plastic and light-colored wooden cutting boards. Slice a lemon in half, squeeze the juice onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with water.
Fill a glass bowl with lemons for a sunny centerpiece. Or display a row of them along a windowsill.
Add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the wash cycle of a normal-size load.
Poached fish will be firmer and whiter if you add lemon juice to the cooking liquid.
Cut a lemon in half and use it, with a little salt sprinkled on it, to dean brass and copper items, and stainless steel kitchen sinks.
To clean the inside of a stainless dishwasher, empty an envelope of unsweetened lemonade (Kool-aid) in the soap dispenser and run the dishwasher.
Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems.
If you have a garbage disposal unit, throw in some lemon peel from time to time while it’s working in order to keep it smelling fresh.