Food Fix Uses:
15. Food Preservation. To prevent browning of your guacamole or pesto sauces, simply add a little lemon juice. Also works to keep apples, potatoes, pears, and cauliflower fresh and bright. 16. Lettuce Refresher. To keep wilting lettuce from ending up in the compost bin, simply set in a bowl of ice water and add the juice of half a lemon. Let soak for about an hour, then drain and let dry before refrigerating. 17. Produce Wash. To rid your purchased produce of dirt and pesticides, combine a tablespoon of lemon juice with a cup of water in a spray bottle and spray across your fruits and vegetables. Allow the mixture to work for about 10 minutes, then rinse and dry for naturally disinfected and freshened produce. 18. Prevent Sticky Rice. To avoid sticky, clumpy rice, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the saucepan while your rice is simmering to achieve perfectly fluffy and stick-free rice! Home & Cleaning Uses: 19. Clean Cutting Boards & More. Cutting boards, rolling pins, salad bowls, mixing spoons, and other wooden kitchen utensils are sponges for odors and germs after working with onions, garlic, poultry, fish, etc. To clean and freshen, wash as normal, then rub a half of a lemon over the wood and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off the lemon juice and dry for a fresh and disinfected surface. 20. Cleaner/Degreaser. Counters, dishes, and other smooth surfaces can be cleaned and degreased by taking a half lemon and dipping it in salt. Scrub the area with the lemon and wipe clean with a towel. 21. Plastic Cleaner. To kill odors and greasy residue inside plastic food containers, soak for about 10 minutes in a mixture of equal parts of lemon juice and water before washing as normal. 22. Fridge Refresher. For a fridge refresher that works better than baking soda, either keep a few lemon peels in the fridge or dab a sponge or a few cotton balls in lemon juice and allow to sit in the fridge for a few hours. Also works great for the bottom of trash cans! 23. DIY Room Refresher/Humidifier. To freshen and moisturize your home on dry winter days, place a pot or bowl full of water on top of your stovetop and add lemon peels and other aromatic elements like cinnamon, cloves, and apple skins as desired. Simmer periodically to freshen and humidify the indoor air. 24. Humidifier Refresher. To deodorize a more traditional humidifier, just add 3-4 teaspoons of lemon juice to the water. This will not only remove the odor of the water reservoir, but also leave your room with a light and fresh lemon scent. Repeat every few weeks as needed.