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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.

To freshen up
Place a few lemon slices covered in water in a small bowl in the microwave and heat on high for 1 minute.

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.

Table decoration
Fill a glass bowl with lemons for a sunny centerpiece. Or display a row of them along a windowsill.
 
Brighten laundry whites
Add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the wash cycle of a normal-size load.
 
Cooking
Poached fish will be firmer and whiter if you add lemon juice to the cooking liquid.
 
Cleaning brass and copper
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.
Cleaning the dishwasher
To clean the inside of a stainless dishwasher, empty an envelope of unsweetened lemonade (Kool-aid) in the soap dispenser and run the dishwasher.
 
Cleaning drains
Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems.
 
Cleaning the garbage disposal
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.
 
Furniture polish
2 parts olive oil or cooking oil mixed with 1 part lemon juice makes for an excellent furniture polish!