Twists on Lemon

Martha Stewart Living, April 2009

Stuffed into a chicken for roasting; zested to enhance cookie and cake batters; preserved in salt to add Middle Eastern flavors; and squeezed for lemonade, marinades, and to lighten hair -- lemons are brilliant multitaskers. Here are even more uses.

Air Freshener
Simmer a half dozen lemon slices and a handful of cloves in a pan of water. Especially good for removing food odors.

Vegetable Enhancer
Toss lemon peel with vegetables when roasting. Squeeze lemon over fennel (and apple or avocado) to maintain color.

Copper Polisher
Dip half a lemon in a small dish of coarse salt, and rub it over tarnished copper.

Linen Whitener
Fill a large pot with water, add a few lemon slices, and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, add linens, and let soak for up to an hour. Remove, and launder as usual.

Household Cleanser
Mix half a cup of baking soda with enough liquid dish soap to make a paste. Spread on half a lemon, and use it to scrub basins, bathtubs, and stainless steel sinks.

Stain Remover
To remove berry, coffee, and tea stains from clothing, soak soiled areas in lemon juice for about an hour. If some of the stain remains, dampen the area, make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water, and scrub gently.

Dishwasher Detoxer
Place half a lemon in top rack of dishwasher, and run it with dishes to freshen the appliance. (Tossing a lemon wedge into a garbage disposal also eliminates odors.)

Hiccup Cure
Biting into a lemon may cure hiccups; the tartness is said to interrupt the nerve impulses that cause diaphragm spasms.

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