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5 More Handy Things To Do with Lemons

If life gives you lemons, there’s no need to make lemonade. The tart citrus fruit has many other handy uses, from freshening your fridge, to removing tough stains, and more!

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Seeing yellow? Put those lemons to work with these helpful household tips. 

Storage tip: Lemons keep for up to two weeks at room temperature. You can make them last for up to six weeks by refrigerating them in sealed bag.  

 

 

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1. Neutralize Cat-Box Odour

You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odours or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh. 

 

 

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2. Freshen up the Fridge

Remove refrigerator odours with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell. 

 

 

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3. Keep Guacamole Green

Stop guacamole from turning brown before you have time to serve it by sprinkling a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it. The dip will stay fresh and green. The flavour of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in guacamole. Make fruit salad hours in advance as well. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto apple slices and they will stay snowy white.

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4. Remove Unsightly Underarm Stains

Avoid expensive dry cleaning bills. You can remove unsightly underarm stains from shirts and blouses simply by scrubbing them with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice (or white vinegar) and water. 

 

 

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5. Keep Rice From Sticking

To keep your rice from sticking together in a gloppy mass, add a spoonful of lemon juice to the boiling water when cooking. When the rice is done, let it cool for a few minutes, then fluff with a fork before serving.

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