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Different ways you can use lemon at home

January 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Lemon is good for more than perking up your tea or adding a little tang to your salad.

California and Arizona grow 95 percent of the nation's lemons and they pretty much grow year-round.

First, buy the heaviest lemons you can find. Store them in the fridge for several weeks or a few days at room temperature.

Make sure it's at room temp so that you'll get more juice. Roll it on a counter with the palm of your hand before squeezing.

Lemons can be fun for entertaining - score a lemon and put a place card in it to make your dinner party look and smell great.

For a home facial scrub use three ground almonds, one lemon zest, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply them in circular motion and rinse with warm water.

A bright ripe lemon, sliced, works as a refreshing glass of flavored water. You can also toss lemon in your bath, or use it as a room freshener when it's placed in a bowl of water.

Add lemon juice to water or directly on top of produce, such as apples, avocado, cauliflower or potatoes. It will add a fresh pop of flavor and help postpone the oxidizing brown that produce gets when exposed to air.

You can also rub a lemon wedge on a cutting board to remove bad smells like garlic.

Lemon juice cleans copper when mixed with salt. Rinse well with water and pat dry.

If you're hands are greasy, give them a lemon rub. Lemons are also great for glass decanters or coffee pots. Use a cut lemon or lemon juice and water to clean and make glass sparkle.

And finally, if dinner has been lingering a little too long in the garbage disposal, lemon peels grind up well to freshen up the room.

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