25 Things You Can Do with a Lemon.

Via Kate Bartolotta
on Aug 5, 2012
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“If life hands you a lemon say ‘Oh yeah, I like lemons. What else you got?'” ~ Henry Rollins

I’ve never gotten the whole “life giving you lemons” analogy.

Lemons are awesome!

A friend asked me why I go through a whole bag of lemons most weeks. Here’s why:

1. Start your day with water and lemon for an instant healthy energizer.

2. Put a leftover piece of lemon in your garbage disposal to freshen it up.

3. Cheap and natural fruit and veggie wash: one tablespoon lemon juice, one tablespoon white vinegar and one cup of water in a spray bottle.

4. Add a squeeze of lemon to the water when you are cooking rice. It keeps it from sticking and adds a small amount of flavor.

5. Natural highlights! Put a little lemon juice in your hair before you go out in the sun.

6. Throw a few handfuls of Romaine, half a pear and the juice of one lemon in the blender. Green Lemonade!

7. Dip half a lemon in salt and use to scrub brass or silver (and polish up your sink).

8. Lemon Bars:


9. Clear out a phlegmy cold with half a lemon, some fresh ginger, honey and hot water.

10. Clean a wooden cutting board: sprinkle it with coarse salt and then rub down with the lemon and rinse.

11. Make fruits and veggies last longer. Squeeze a little lemon juice on greens and any fruit that’s been sliced to keep it from oxidizing.

12. Keep ants (and other bugs) away. A little lemon juice and water around doorways can keep them away and doesn’t make you (or your pets) sick.

13. Add a teaspoon of lemon zest to pretty much anything you bake. It’s a great “Mmm…what’s did you use in this?” ingredient.

14. Throw a slice in some Earl Grey tea mid-afternoon. The citrus plus the small amount of caffeine is great to perk you up but not leave you sleepless come bedtime.

15. Lemon Sugar body scrub: Equal parts raw sugar and jojoba or apricot kernel oil plus the zest of one lemon. Put it all in a empty jam jar and it makes a cute gift too.

16. Dry some lemon peel and add mint for homemade herbal tea.

17. Throw half a lemon in your dishwasher to freshen it and the dishes.

18. Make my favorite quinoa salad: Take two cups cooked quinoa, juice of half a lemon, red onion, diced tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, one cup black beans (cooked or BPA-free canned), a little EVOO and a little sea salt. Chill it. You’re welcome!

19. Use lemon juice to get ballpoint pen off your clothes. (Seems to happen to me as soon as I buy a new shirt.)

20. Make Limoncello.

lemonade stand!
21. Skip the bleach. Soak white stuff in equal parts lemon juice and baking soda.

22. Squeeze them in people’s eyes.

Lemon Tree Very Pretty...

23. Just kidding! Skip #22. But lemon juice is great as a toner for your skin.

24. Skip the candles. Let some sliced lemon and rosemary or lavender simmer on the stove.

25. And of course, you can also make lemonade.

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is a wellness cheerleader, yogini storyteller, and self-care maven. She also writes for Huffington Post, Yoga International, Mantra Yoga+ Health, a beauty full mind, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. Kate's books are now available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. She is passionate about helping people fall in love with their lives. You can connect with Kate on Facebook and Instagram.


12 Responses to “25 Things You Can Do with a Lemon.”

  1. Meg Worden says:

    Very cool, Kate! Sharing on my Feed Me Darling facebook page + tweeting. xoxo

    SQUEEZE THEM IN PEOPLE'S EYES! wait. no. don't.


  2. […] 2. Substitute one diet soda a day (or whenever you normally have it) with flavored sparkling water or water with a little lemon or lime. […]

  3. jimmymcd says:

    Also great for getting rid of odors on your cutting board. Just sprinkle some course salt on a wet board and use the outside and or inside of a used lemon to scrub the surface and bring out odors and minor stains. rinse with hot water and dry.

  4. Christine says:

    I love you, Kate Bartolotta. This article is just another reason why.

  5. Jay says:

    #26–my favorite!! Squeeze a 1/4 slice of lemon into a glass with ice, wipe the rim with it, add vodka and sparkling water

  6. Steiners says:

    No. 27 You can always plant the seeds and grow lemon trees. Thats probably the most fun..

  7. Lamanda says:

    Make lists printable? And one page long.

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  9. Jenny says:

    You can use it in place of toxic deodorant. Works like a charm!