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.
Simmer a half dozen lemon slices and a handful of cloves in a pan of water. Especially good for removing food odors.
Toss lemon peel with vegetables when roasting. Squeeze lemon over fennel (and apple or avocado) to maintain color.
Dip half a lemon in a small dish of coarse salt, and rub it over tarnished copper.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Biting into a lemon may cure hiccups; the tartness is said to interrupt the nerve impulses that cause diaphragm spasms.