Basically every Australian garden will have a lemon tree – or you will live near someone who has one.
These fantastic citrus trees not only provide a wonderful tree with a great fragrance, very usable fruit for juicing or cooking but they are also very useful around the home!
Here are our top tips for Aussies and their lemon trees!
The smell of fish just lingers on your hands after handling – even after a good scrubbing! To neutralise the smell rub your hands with lemon juice and rinse. This should leave your hands smelling nice and citrus-y.
This also works with onions too – and if you have onion breath drink lemon juice squeezed into a chilled glass of water. Refreshing and also will leave your mouth fresh!
Body & Hair
Rubbing a fresh cut lemon is said to remove underarm odour. It can be used a few times a day to keep odour away.
When stuck in an airport and need a quick refreshing – ask a local cafe for a lemon slice in some water and presto- instant deodoriser! This tip also works wonders in nightclubs or pubs if you are a little hot under the collar from dancing and need a quick spruce up.
To smooth rough elbows or heels, try cutting a lemon in half and adding a little sea salt or sugar and rubbing into the trouble zones. This will work as a natural exfoliator. Remember to rinse and moisturise afterward.
Please use caution on sensitive or irritated skin – OUCH!
Lemon Juice is better for highlighting your hair and the environment than any commercial bleach – you will need to mix the juice of one lemon with 1 teaspoon of salt and apply to your hair with a comb. Go outside into the sun for a couple of hours (remember your sunscreen!!!!) and let nature do it’s work. Then rinse and condition your hair as normal.
It is recommended you do not do this too often as you will dry your hair out.
It is said that you are able to whiten your teeth using a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice. Add 1 drop of lemon juice and a small amount of bi-carb soda to your toothbrush and brush normally. Rinse thoroughly! then re-brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
Keep in mind lemon juice is an acid and will eat away at the calcium on your tooth and will make them more prone to decay – so this isn’t recommended too highly, so please use cautiously.
Add some lemon juice to freshly cut apples or pear slices to keep them from turning brown – it will keep the kids interested in fruits if they sit out for a little long!
Adding lemon juice into your fruit salad will also do the same and keep your fruit from turning brown.
Clean your windows and glass by rubbing straight lemon juice on them and then buffing dry with newspaper (remember to recycle the papers afterward!)
You can create an excellent furniture polish by mixing 2 parts olive oil or cooking oil mixed with 1 part lemon juice.
Make your own all purpose spray cleaner by mixing two tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap, 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, and one teaspoon Borax into two cups hot water. Mix until dissolved.
Another mixture is to combine lemon juice, vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Stainless Steel, chrome, copper and brass can all be cleaned and polished with a mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar, or you can use half a lemon sprinkled with salt and rub down your brass and stainless steel. Rinse clean and polish with a soft cloth.
Rubbing your tapware with a damp cloth with lemon juice cuts through soap scum and lime scale.
Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems.
Lemon juice can be used as a general degreaser – go green and grease free!
Adding a half cut lemon to your fridge will help eliminate odours – remember to dispose of the lemon in the compost before the mould grows over it!
Mix 1/2 cup borax and a cup of lemon juice for a powerful toilet cleaner that will leave it smelling extra clean and fresh!
For a general laundry bleach, add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle and hang clothes outside to dry in the sun.
Adding a teaspoon of lemon juice into your wash can also help your clothes to smell fresher.
Remove unsightly underarm stains from shirts and blouses simply by scrubbing them with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice (or white vinegar) and water and then wash as normal.
You can easily deter ants, if you can find a hole where ants are entering the house, squeeze the juice of a lemon in the hole or crack. Then slice up the lemon and put the peeling all around the entrance. Keep in mind that multiple applications may be needed but this is a much better alternative than toxic chemicals if you have small chlidren and pets in the home!
Create a wonderful citrus natural air freshener by mixing lemon juice and water in a spray bottle.
Boiling a pot of lemon rinds and juice (add some orange peels for added punch) will add a lovely smell to your whole house.
Making a batch of delicious Lemon Ice Tea also makes the house smell amazing – and after all your hardwork of cleaning with the lemon power you deserve a nice ice tea!
LEMON ICE TEA
- 4 Premium Blend Tea Bags (black tea is preferred)
- 2 cups water
- 4 teaspoons of honey, sugar or sweetener to taste
- 3 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 2 cups filtered water
- Ice Cubes
- Lemon slice
- Make up 1 cup of tea using 4 teabags
- Infuse for 3-4 minutes
- Remove tea bags
- Allow to cool
- Pour tea into a large jug and add 4 teaspoons of sugar, honey or sweetener to taste
- Add 3 teaspoons lemon juice and stir to dissolve
- Pour over 2 cups cool filtered water.
- Chill in the refrigerator
Serve in a tall glass with ice cubes and garnished with a lemon slice – also keep the jug in the fridge with sliced lemons for looks and taste! YUM!