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7 Special Uses for Lemon That Will Blow Your Mind

7 Special Uses for Lemon That Will Blow Your Mind

Did you know a single lemon could help you clean house, relieve cold symptoms, eliminate bugs, treat acne, brighten laundry, whiten nails, and remove grease? And to think: you’ve just been squeezing a splash of lemon in your water for all these years, totally unaware of all the other wonderful things you could be doing with it! That’s okay because today you get to learn about 7 special uses for lemon that will blow your mind.

1. Eliminate Refrigerator Stink

A slice of lemon could rid your refrigerator of the stink that makes you say “ew.” To deodorize your smelly fridge, simply chop off a chunk of lemon and squeeze the juice on a cotton ball. Sit that cotton ball inside your refrigerator for a few hours. Of course, if you have any groceries from ancient times that could be causing a stink, you’d be wise to toss those in the garbage.

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2. Relieve Your Sore Throat

Fall is around the corner, so you could find yourself with a nasty cold when the temperature drops. If you do find yourself with an achy throat, you can mix up honey and lemon for a tasty treat that will offer you relief. Brew or microwave some hot water, pour it in your favorite coffee mug, add one tablespoon of lemon, add two tablespoons of honey, and voila! Please note that this mixture will NOT cure, you but it will help your cold suck less. If you fear that you have something worse than a cold, put down your mug, get in the car, and go to the doctor.

3. Scare Away Bugs

Insects are not fans of the acidic smell of lemons, so spraying it in the areas they are gathering will scare them away. For extra protection, wash your kitchen floor with a mixture of hot water and lemon juice to discourage fleas and roaches from treading on your turf.

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4. Beautify Your Skin

Lemons offer a home skin-care treatment that can eliminate acne and blackheads thanks to the wonder food’s antifungal and antibacterial properties. Slice a lemon open, rub it across your face, wait for about 10 minutes, and rinse off with cold water.

5. Brighten Dull Laundry

Bleach can brighten your laundry but if you’re concerned with the not-so-healthy chemicals that are attached to it, lemons can get the same job done. Add about a quarter cup of squeezed lemon juice to your white laundry while it is rinsing. Hang it outside in the sun to dry, let a few hours pass, and come back to discover a shiny white that is as good as new.

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6. Whiten Your Nails

Go ahead and get a bottle of olive oil (one of the healthiest things you can cook with!) and mix that with a little bit of lemon juice. Remove nail polish if you need to, wash your hands, and soak your nails in the mixture for a couple of minutes. This will help you whiten and strengthen your nails so they are more visually appealing and less susceptible to breaking. 

7. Clean Greasy Dishes and Counters

Don’t you hate it when you scrub and scrub and scrub away at grease that will not go away? Drop your chemical-laden cleaners and see if lemons will do the trick. Chop a lemon in two, squeeze it onto your trouble dishes or counters (but not marble ones!), and walk away for a few minutes. Come back and make a paste with a bit more lemon juice and some baking soda or vinegar. Scrub away until the grease is a goner (and then let out a nice “hooray!” or “die, grease, die!” if you so desire). 

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Which of these special uses for lemon are you most excited about?

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Last Updated on February 25, 2020

Face Adversity with a Smile

Face Adversity with a Smile

I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.

My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.

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Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.

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Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”

How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:

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  1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
  2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
  3. Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
  4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
  5. Smile and get cracking.

The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.

Featured photo credit: Jamie Brown via unsplash.com

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