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20 things you didn't know you could do with lemons

20 things you didn't know you could do with lemons

Advertising - Keep reading below Cure the hiccups

The waiters use this trick to get rid of the annoying hiccups: Sprinkle a slice of lemon with several drops of Angostura and chew it for a minute or less.

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Avoid cravings

Drink a glass of water with lemon before meals to avoid overeating. "Lemon polyphenols help reduce appetite," a nutritionist explains to Reader's Digest.

Wash the vegetables

The vegetables we buy are usually dirtier than we think, so washing them more than once is a good idea. Mix lemon juice with a little white vinegar and water to make a natural wash to fruits and vegetables.

For colds

Steaming cups of lemon tea and hot citrus punch are two of our favorite tricks to fight colds. The vitamin C in lemon juice (1/4 cup contains about 23 mg) is ideal for getting rid of discomfort.

Fight the ants at home

If you have a problem with ants at home, lemon juice is a good natural alternative to insecticides. Sprinkle with lemon juice the threshold of doors and windows, especially in the kitchen where they are more attracted to food scraps.

Jelly shots

Change cups or mini plastic cups for lemon halves. Pour the gelatin mixture into them before refrigerating. When they are done, you just have to cut and serve in slices.

Photo: Jonathan Boulton

Clean the microwave

Fight dirt inside the microwave by heating a cup of water and a chopped lemon. Let stand for 15 minutes, then clean the walls easily.

Lighten hair

Soak your hair with lemon juice and warm water before exposing it to the sun and you will notice that your hair lightens throughout the day.

A quick salad dressing

You have no sauces left for the salad? Beat lemon juice and a little lemon peel along with olive oil and the spices you prefer.

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Clean drains

Mix lemon juice, baking soda and salt to prevent pipes and avoid bad odors.

Prevent swelling

Channeling lemon juice can help balance pH levels. Our Detox lemonade recipe: mix some ginger, clove, pepper and honey to calm your stomach and relieve gasses, the ideal remedy for a great meal.

Photo: Chelsea Lupkin

Fight stains

Lemon can be really useful when it comes to removing stains from clothes. Rub the stain with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse with vinegar and warm water. You can with everything from food to rust or sweat stains.

Light up your nails

Save yourself the manicure and take care of your nails with a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda. Make a paste and apply it on the nails with a sponge or cotton and polish until bright.

Make your own buttermilk

Or whey.

If you already have everything you need to make cookies or cake except the buttermilk, you're lucky. The acidity of the lemon juice added to normal milk is an ideal substitute, it will not have the same consistency, but the qualities.

Recover the cutting board

Cutting boards and countertops get stained over time. Fortunately, you have a quick solution precisely in the kitchen. Sprinkle the board with salt or baking soda, then rub with half a lemon and rinse with water.

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Shine the taps

Get rid of fingerprints and other debris in steel drawers, drawer handles and faucets, rubbing with a sponge dampened in lemon juice. Add a little salt for stubborn stains, then rinse with water and dry.

Dandruff under control

Massage the scalp with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and rinse with water, then mix 1 teaspoon of juice with 1 cup of water and rinse again.

The acidity of lemon juice will help balance the pH of the scalp to reduce dandruff.

Aroma for the home

If you are not a fan of industrial air fresheners or scented candles, boil lemons with other spices and herbs such as rosemary, cinnamon and cloves, to create a delicious aroma that will float throughout the house.

Remove weeds from the garden

Spray lemon juice on weeds to clean the garden of them. The acidity prevents them from growing, you just have to be careful not to wet the plants you want to keep with juice.

Lemonade frequita

And if you had forgotten, here we are to remind you of the amount of recipes for making lemonade.

Via: Country Living US