Lemons are one of my favorite fruits because they’re so versatile! Check out these 12 brilliant ways to use lemons in your kitchen.
I absolutely love searching and finding new uses for lemons in the kitchen. Everyone knows that you can make lemonade with them and a bowl of lemons look absolutely wonderful on your kitchen counter.
Besides, they make everything smell so clean and fresh. That’s probably why I use lemon in so many of my homemade cleaning products like my stove degreaser and carpet deodorizer. There are just so many ways to use lemon in the kitchen!
The next time you have some lemons sitting around, grab one up and you can have a sparkling clean, fresh smelling kitchen like I do. Here are some great uses for lemons in the kitchen! 🙂
12 Uses for Lemons In the Kitchen
1. Clean the Stove Top
Lemons are wonderful for keeping your stove top sparkling clean. All you need to do is mix 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a paste. Spread the paste onto your stove top and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and your stove will sparkle like it’s never sparkled before!
If you’re looking for a lemon-based spray cleaner, check out our kitchen and stove degreaser recipe.
2. Clean out the Dishwasher
Does your dishwasher smell or just doesn’t get your dishes as clean as you want? Freshen it up a bit by mixing 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 cup of vinegar. Pour it into your EMPTY dish washer and then run it through a short cycle. Your smells will be gone!
Next time you make a batch of homemade dishwasher detergent tablets, use lemon essential oil to keep that smell fresh.
3. Clean Cutting Boards
After years of use, your cutting boards are sure to end up smelly and not very pretty looking at all. Cut a lemon in half and run the cut portion all over the cutting board. Let the cutting board sit for a few minutes with the juice on it, then rinse clean. All of your smells should be gone, but if there is still some lingering odor, simply repeat.
4. Clean Smelly Hands
There are times in the kitchen that you are sure to end up with some pretty nasty smelling hands. I learned years ago to take lemon slices or bottled lemon juice from the fridge and rub it into your hands to get rid of the yucky fish or onion smells from my hands. Just be careful if you have any cuts as lemon juice will sting.
5. Clean Berry Stained Hands
Have you ever made a blackberry pie? Well if you have, you know that those berries can leave some lovely stains on your hands. Wash your hands with pure lemon juice first, then finish off with soap and water. For stubborn stains, repeat.
6. Freshen Wilted Lettuce
If your lettuce has become a little wilted, revive it by adding juice from 1 lemon into a medium bowl of water. Add wilted lettuce leaves to the bowl and put into the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour. Dry leaves completely before serving.
7. Keep Food Looking Fresh
Have you been slaving in the kitchen making some fresh guacamole?? Sprinkle lemon juice over the top to keep that beautiful green color from fading. You can also add a tablespoon of lemon juice to your cauliflower while cooking to keep it nice and white. You can even sprinkle lemon juice on a cut apple to keep it from turning brown.
8. Clean Microwave
If you use a microwave, squeeze the juice from one lemon and 1 1/2 cups water into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave 5 minutes until your microwave becomes steamy. Let sit for 2 minutes. Carefully remove bowl and wipe clean with a damp rag. You are left with a sparkly microwave that smells lemony fresh.
9. Clean your Coffee Pot
Your coffee pot should be deep cleaned once a week or, at the very least, once a month. Even when you wash out your pot daily with soap and water, you will still notice your pot staining. To deep clean it make sure your pot is at room temperature (if it’s hot, the ice will cause your pot to crack), add in juice from 1 lemon, 3 tablespoons of salt and 2 cups of ice. Swish the ingredients around in the coffee pot until all the stains are removed.
10. Freshen the Fridge
Sometimes you spend half a day cleaning out your refrigerator only to find it still has an old food smell left in it. Squeeze lemon juice onto a clean sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours for a nice, fresh scent.
11. Garbage Disposal
No matter how long you run your garbage disposal, it can still harbor bacteria that leave behind a yucky smell. Throw any leftover lemon peels (take out any seeds) or even lemon juice from your fridge down the disposal and let it run. You will be left with a nice fresh scent.
12. Clean Your Copper Mugs
Copper tarnishes so quickly that it needed to be tended to regularly. Using lemons and sea salt is the quickest and easiest ways to get copper mugs sparkling clean!
There are so many brilliant uses for lemons in the home. I hope this collection of 12 ways to use lemons in the kitchen is helpful for you.