9 Unexpected and Useful Ways to Use Lemons

There’s nothing like a fresh slice of lemon to invigorate your senses and decorate your meal. But that’s not all they’re good for! Take your citrus beyond the norm with these nine practical  and somewhat unexpected – ways to use lemons:

1. Preserve Sliced Fruit

Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto sliced fruit, such as apples, pears, avocados, and bananas to slow oxidation and keep them from turning brown.

2. Fight Nausea

When you’re suffering from motion sickness or morning sickness, inhaling the scent of a sliced lemon may help. Lemon scent has been shown to reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy [1].9 unexpected and useful ways to use lemons

3. Disinfect

Lemon juice is an acid and studies have shown its antibacterial power can help reduce the size of some bacteria populations, including Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus [2]. Help disinfect kitchen counters and cutting boards by wiping them with a fresh lemon slice.

4. Freshen the Air

lemons in air freshener

The essential oils in lemon peels are an effective addition to homemade air fresheners. Add a safe, fresh scent to your home by boiling a pot of water, lemon peels, and fresh herbs, or spritz the air with a solution of lemon infused vodka and baking soda.

5. Cleanse Your Skin

A 2:1 mixture of honey and fresh lemon juice makes a soothing face cleanser. The acids in lemon can help exfoliate, brighten skin, and help fade spots.

6. Brighten Pots

Just like your skin, lemons can help punch up dull aluminum cookware. Simply rub a lemon slice along dull sections, then polish with a dry cloth.

7. Deter Silverfish

Lemon peels are a deterrent for silverfish. Simply place the peels in areas where silverfish are present and replace weekly.

8. Clean Your Home

Lemon juice is a key ingredient in this recipe for multipurpose cleaning spray. Use it to clean door knobs, sinks, microwaves, and much more.

9. Quench Your Thirst

Add fresh lemon slices to water to quench your thirst

Transform plain water or tea into a refreshing thirst quencher by adding fresh lemon slices. While this is not the most unexpected use for lemons, it’s probably the most enjoyable!



[1] Yavari K, Parisa, FS, and Hossein N. The Effect of Lemon Inhalation Aromatherapy on Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: A Double-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial. Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2014; 16.3:14360.

[2] Okeke M, et al. Antibacterial Activity of Citrus Limonum Fruit Juice Extract. Pak J Pharm Sci. 2015; 28.5:1567-71.