Found this today...thought I would pass it along

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mykas_mommy, May 31, 2006.

  1. mykas_mommy

    mykas_mommy New Member

    I found this on one of my usual websites I visit daily. They have a helpful hints section and this was posted thought it would help someone.

    Lemons in the kitchen

    Prevent potatoes from turning brown - Potatoes and cauliflower tend to turn brown when boiling, especially when you're having company for dinner. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into the cooking water.

    Freshen the fridge - Remove fridge odors 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.


    Brighten dull aluminum - Make those dull pots and pans sparkle, inside and out. Just rub the cut side of half a lemon all over them and buff with a soft cloth.

    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.

    Refresh cutting boards - No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, cut raw and cooked meat and chicken, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.

    Keep guacamole green - You've been making guacamole all day long for the big part, and you don't want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they'll stay snowy white.

    Make soggy lettuce crisp - Don't toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.

    Keep insects out of the kitchen - You don't need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren't welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it: then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.

    Clean your microwave - Is the inside of your microwave caked with bits of hardened food? You can give it a good cleaning without scratching the surface with harsh cleansers or using a lot of elbow grease. Just mix 3 tablespoons lemon juice into 1 1/2 cups of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 5 - 10 minutes, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls and ceiling of the oven. Then just wipe away the softened food with a dishrag.

    Deodorize your garbage disposal - If your garbage disposal is beginning to make your sink smelly yucky, here's an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them down the drain. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every month.


    Source Extraordinary Uses from Reader's Digest


  2. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Lemon juice is also very good for the body. It helps cleanse the liver and kidneys, helps digestion, and even though is acidic, it helps make the body alkaline. I just add it to water I drink.

    Oh and of course, as teens we used to put it on our hair and sit in the sun to try for blonde streaks, I think it worked, it was a long time ago.

    Mary
  3. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    Wish I was a lemon! Look at all they can do! :D

    That part about repeling roaches was really neat!
    ((thanks)) Shannon
  4. TxSongBird

    TxSongBird New Member

    I drink my daily water with lemon slices in it and some of the juice. It makes the water taste better, and it is good for you.

    TxSongBird