Jan 24 2012

12 ways lemons can save you money

Note: The Clumsy Coquette and I are swapping blogs today. She has a guest post below, and I’m posting on her site about ways to stay warm this winter

Hello, I’m the Clumsy Coquette. I’m a 20-something aspiring author that just finished graduate school and is trying to take the world by storm. I have a live-in boyfriend and we have two furbabies: Penelope our cat and Daisy our dog. I blog about a variety of topics, including : frugal living tips, recipes, life stories, beauty tips, giveaways, and product reviews.

Lemon (photo Chug)

It wasn’t long ago that I started cutting back my spending so I could enjoy other things in life and pay off some debt. Since the recession started I personally have been faced with a lot of financial decisions and budget limitations. My job has conducted a few rounds of layoffs, I haven’t been given a raise in years, and the prices of basically everything have gone up consistently. Not only did I cut my grocery budget significantly by couponing, I also started using other products in different ways.

Around my house, you will always find a lot of lemons. That’s because lemons are pretty inexpensive and they have a ton of uses. I use lemons a lot more than probably the average person. Not only do lemons have health benefits, they are a great addition to your frugal lifestyle. Here are 12 ways you can incorporate lemons into every day use:

1. Cleaning Copper.
One way to clean copper-bottomed pots is to squeeze lemon juice into a container and mix with salt. All you have to do is use a cloth to scrub the pot until the tarnish comes off. Or you can just cut a lemon in half, apply salt and scrub that way.

2. Vinegar Deodorizer.
Do you clean with vinegar? Hate the smell? Squeeze some lemon juice into your cleaner and not only will it help enhance the cleaning, it will also dilute the smell of vinegar.

3. Garbage Disposal Clean-Up.
If you have some funky odors coming from the garbage disposal used the shell or a juiced lemon or just the lemon rinds in your disposal. It won’t hurt the disposal, and it will help clear up the odor.

4. Soil enhancer.
If you are a gardener or have plants in the house, adding a lemon shell or rind to the soil is a great way to improve the quality. If your soil needs more acid, this is a cheap and easy way to get it.

5. Bleaching.
Did you know that lemon is a natural bleaching agent? If you put some lemon juice on the stains of your white linens and allow them to sun dry, the stain will disappear.

6. Cutting Board Clear-up
Is your cutting board stained or not completely clean? Cut a lemon in half and use it to clean a plastic or wood cutting board. Do you have dried-on food or red berry stains? Add coarse salt beforehand and then use lemon on it.

7. Natural Highlights.
If you are a fan of the sun and those summer blonde highlights, use lemon juice in your shampoo to help enhance those natural highlights.

8. Soften Brown Sugar.
Does your brown sugar get hard between baking escapades? If so, you can add a little lemon peel to the container and it will soften the brown sugar up.

9. Ant Problem?
A lot of insects are repelled by D-Limonen which is found naturally found in lemons. Use lemon juice on window and door thresholds. Don’t forget those holes and cracks too. If you can, leave peels in the thresholds.

10. Remove Faucet Limescale.
If your faucets are covered in limescale, take a lemon and rub it on the faucet. You can also use the inside of the lemon to hard water remove stains and soap residue. This can be used on porcelain too.

11. Soothe Sore Throats.
Mix lemon juice, honey, and warm tea together and drink before bed. You can also use honey, lemon juice and whiskey to soothe your throat.

12. Soften Dry Elbows.
Cut lemon in half and sprinkle with baking soda. Rub lemon on elbows for several minutes. Rinse, dry, and add lotion.

3 Responses to “12 ways lemons can save you money”

  1. I always have lemons on hand. For a lot of things you can zest and squeeze the lemons first and then use them for cleaning.
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  2. Wow! Who knew? Thanks for the great tips!

  3. Interesting uses for lemons. Didn’t know most of them.
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