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These Are Some Seriously Great, Alternative Uses For Lemons

Did you know that lemons are one of the most versatile fruits that you can buy? While most people use lemons as a regular kitchen staple to add flavor to a meal or to make lemonade, there are quite a few different things you can do with them. From cleaning different things around the house to using them on your hands and face, lemons are great to keep around for so many reasons.

Here are 10 different uses for lemons that are sure to change the way you think about them. You will definitely want to give some of these a try!

1. Make A Candle Holder

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This is a fun, festive way to decorate your home on a budget. Remove the pulp of a lemon (or a lime) and fill the halves with melted wax. Add a wick, and you have your very own homemade candle. 

2. Freshen Smelly Shoes

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Place a few lemon peels inside your gym sneakers to absorb odors. This is a simple, yet effective way to get rid of the stink -- and it's cheap!

3. Grow Sprouts

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Did you know that lemons are great resources for growing sprouts? Just squeeze some juice and put the seeds into a hollowed lemon half before planting the seedling in the ground. 

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4. Clean Your Fridge

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The refrigerator is a tricky place to clean, but lemons can help! Wipe your fridge with a sponge soaked in lemon juice. Not only will it clean, but it will freshen too.

5. Make An All-Natural Cleaner

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If you liked the tip about cleaning your fridge, you'll love this one even more! You can make an all-natural cleaner using lemons. Simply peel a lemon, pour 5 fl oz of vinegar over it and let it sit overnight. In the morning, add 5 fl oz of water, and put the contents in a spray bottle. Voila! 

6. Clean Your Cutting Board

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Cleaning a cutting board can be tough, but lemons can do the dirty work for you! Scrub your cutting boards using a halved lemon as a sponge and salt as a scrub. Let the board sit for 10-15 minutes before repeating those same steps. Rinse, and you're done.

7. Clean Your Hands

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Lemons have long been known to rid your hands of that fishy smell that lingers after a seafood dinner. Keep some on-hand if you're planning a fish feast. 

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8. Digestion

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Studies show that drinking a glass of warm water with lemon and honey on an empty stomach helps improve digestion. It can also boost your immune system. It's a total win/win.

9. Reduce Freckles And Age Spots

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Using lemon on your face can help reduce the appearance of unwanted freckles and/or age spots. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it across your face. 

10. Brighten Your Whites

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If you're looking to get your white laundry perfectly clean and bright, soak it in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for about 30 minutes before washing.

Who knew that lemons could be so helpful around the house! We hope you found these tips interesting.

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