Ah, the lovely little lemon.
Full of nutrition, this bright yellow citrus kills viruses and bacteria.
Its fragrance promotes calm and a feeling of well-being while its oil cleans and disinfects. Lemons help us breathe easier and think and sleep better. What’s more, they alkalize our bodies to keep body chemistry in balance.
In every detoxifying drink, lemons clean the liver, fight inflammation, regulate blood pressure, and lower cholesterol. Plus, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories found in lemon attack cancers, relieve pain and boost metabolism. The fruit is good for hair and skin too, from its astringent properties to carcinoma-killing abilities (1).
It seems enough can’t be said for this sour fruit.
Here are a couple uses for lemons you might not have thought of yet.
Lemon Salt Kitchen Deodorizer
The smell of lemon is distinct. Its essential oil contains limonene, an antioxidant. Inhalation of limonene has been found to prevent asthma symptoms, presumably via ozone scavenging activity (2). Lemon essential oil, which delivers its bright aroma,has been found to kill E.coli, a harmful kitchen bacteria (3).
Score a whole lemon in quarters, enough to penetrate the peel to the pulp but not all the way through. Sprinkle sea or Himalayan salt on the exposed flesh of the lemon and place centrally in the kitchen.
The lemon and salt will absorb any unwelcome smells while killing viruses and bacteria in the air. The fresh, clean scent of the lemon is often used in many commercial products because lots of people like it—and it’s doing a lot while smelling so good.
Lemon Juice Kitchen Disinfectant
Use lemon juice as a disinfectant in the kitchen, bathroom, nursery, or elsewhere. Because it is food, it can be safely used to disinfect other foods.
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration study on natural disinfectants found that citric acid from lemon juice effectively kills common household germs, especially when allowed to sit for at least 30 minutes (4). Lemon juice also kills the cholera virus and can safely disinfect water (if the water isn’t intrinsically at a high pH level) (5).
To use as a disinfectant in the kitchen, mix the juice of 3 lemons, two tablespoons of castile soap, and a half teaspoon of sea salt in a quart bottle. Fill with water and shake to mix. Use wherever you like to kill germs and keep your kitchen clean.