Secret Uses of Lemons

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2011

The acidity of lemon adds zip to what's on your plate and in your glass, but it can also be beneficial in many other spots around the kitchen. So the next time life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade -- try one of these unconventional uses instead.

Prevent Fruit Oxidizing
When the flesh of some fruits is exposed to air, it turns an unattractive brown color. You can slow this natural oxidation process by squeezing some lemon juice over the fruit.

Clean the Cutting Board
Lemons are perfect for removing tough stains and strong smells from cutting boards. Simply squeeze half a lemon onto the board, scrub, and allow to soak for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Sanitize the Garbage Disposal
If the odor in your garbage disposal has you pinching your nose, try dropping half a lemon into the drain along with some baking soda.

Clean the Microwave
Clean a messy microwave by boiling four tablespoons of lemon juice with a cup of water -- the mixture will loosen dried food particles on interior microwave surfaces and allow you to easily wipe them away.


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