Lemons...is there anything they can't do? We're not one for hyperbole over at Guff, so we mean it when we say that LEMONS ARE THE GREATEST FRUIT EVER CREATED.
So that fancy toast everyone is ridiculing you for eating needs a fresh slice of the buttery green stuff. The best way to keep it that nice color is to slice open a ripe avocado and spritz some lemon juice over the open area. You don't have to add a lot, maybe one or two squeezes. And for for maximum protection, you should cover them with plastic wrap.
Sports drinks aren't the only thing that your body craves. If you need a quick electrolyte replacement you can whip one up using lemon, tart cherry, and honey. It gives you a natural boost of potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium that you've been missing.
Grilling or baking fish is trickier than a steak because of how easy it is for it to stick and fall apart on the surface. Why not place your fish fillet on a lovely bed of sliced lemons? You save it from burning and stickiness, and it picks up a delicious citrus flavor to boot.
Ladies and fellas can be pretty self-conscious about the sight of their feet before anyone gets a good look at them during the summer time. There are ways to pull together a homemade pedicure that might work as well as the stuff you'd pay at your regular spa. Soak your feet in warm water and lemon juice, and use the lemon zest to mix with olive oil and sugar to make a scrub.
How about when you want to get rid of all those unsightly hairs from your legs? There's also a lemon-friendly recipe that can save you some serious bank (razors are crazy expensive) if you use it. It's simple - just switch out the olive oil from the lemon scrub with honey, and use some old fabrics as strips so you're not making any more waste.
6. How About Spraying, Not Squeezing, The Lemon Juice?
This image almost looks like something out of someone's Photoshop contest, but this is real. Chances are, you already have an empty bottle or two that have push button caps. Just slice a bit of the top of your lemon, push the tube through, and press until it starts working.
7. Kill Bad Energies At Home With Freshly Cut Lemons
The negative vibes at home - especially your bedroom - are hard to get rid of. What you can do is get your hands on some not-yet-ripe green lemons, slice them into four pieces, then place them near or under your bedstand. They say it will push out the negative energies and help increase your focus through the power of aromatherapy.
You know, if you're into that sort of thing. At the very least, your place will smell AMAZING.
So you haven't cleaned your microwave in the last two or three years and it's become a problem. You can decide not to use a chemical-based cleaner and go citrus. Squeeze lemon juice into a bowl of water, heat it up inside the microwave, and then take it out before you start wiping off the now-soft dirtiness and grease.
After you use the lemons from cleaning the microwave, you can throw them out for a good cause. If you have a garbage disposal with a terrible stink coming out from it, you can cut up those lemons and place them in an ice cube tray along with vinegar. Once they're frozen, take a handful and toss them in the sink, then run the garbage disposal - out comes a burst of freshness!
If clumpy rice is something you or your guests don't want to see, you can take care of that next time you're at the stove. Before you even put the rice in the cooking water, add a few squeezes of lemon juice. The rice will still be fluffy without being sticky, it won't have a lemony flavor, and will still have its pristine white color - as long as you didn't burn it.
Who would have thought that the same thing you add to your fried calamari may help you with your stained whites? During your wash, you can add a cup of lemon juice to the machine washer, or pretreat your clothes by soaking your whites in a pot with hot water and lemon slices for an hour. Just be careful and don't try this with delicate fabrics like silk.
Of course, it's always great to stick to the basics and put some lemon to start your day. Take a slice and soak it in a hot cup of water - it really helps your digestive system. If the sour flavor doesn't do it for you, you can use green tea instead.
Those are just some of the many ways lemons do more than what you think they do. The rinds can be used as candle holders that block insects, it can clean brass, or brighten your fingernails. Make sure to keep a daily supply to try out all these hacks, and more.