34 Useful Reasons to Load Up On Lemons

When life gives you lemons, you can do more than make lemonade. From eliminating odors to juicing your daily beauty regimen, here are 34 practical uses for lemons around the house.

From Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things (Reader's Digest Association Books) and

LEMONS IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM

skip lemons at restaurantsBleach delicate fabrics

Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.

Remove unsightly underarm stains

Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.

Boost laundry detergent

For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh.

Rid clothes of mildew

Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.

Whiten clothes

To make your whites a little whiter, add diluted or straight lemon juice to your wash water. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.

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