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When Life Hands You Lemons, Clean Your Microwave

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Jessica
01.13.12

Besides adding zest to your cocktail and your grilled shrimp, lemon can be used to clean your microwave, clear out your disposal, and remove stubborn soap scum. Bonus: one lemon has a full day’s dose of vitamin C. To learn more tricks and tips about this 50-cent citrus, read on.

LEMONS AS CLEANING AGENT

Cutting Board: Cut a lemon in half, and rub it vigorously on your plastic or wooden cutting board. When you rub, use coarse salt to remove tough stains. Rinse the board with warm water and thoroughly dry it to prevent mold or mildew growth.

Microwave: Place a handful of lemon slices in a bowl of water, and heat it in the microwave for 3 – 5 minutes. When you hear the buzzer, wait two minutes before opening the door, allowing the lemon scent and moisture to clean the microwave. Then wipe down the inside with a warm, moist cloth. The caked-on food and stains should come off easily.

Soap Scum: Soap scum coats your shower walls, adding a creamy white film. It’s hard to clean because it isn’t made of just one element; rather, it’s a mix of mildew, mineral deposits, hard water, soap talc and body oils. Spray lemon juice liberally on the soap scum and let it sit for about a minute before scrubbing. The scum should rub right off.

Disposal: Cut a lemon into quarters, and then toss it into your disposal. The lemon will deodorize your disposal and the lemon juice will help loosen up trapped food.. It’s a good idea to run water when you use the disposal and keep it running for a few seconds after you turn the disposal off.

GET THE MOST FROM YOUR LEMON

Release Juice: Always roll a room temperature lemon under your palm before cutting it. This will release more juice when you squeeze. If the lemon is still hard, microwave it for about 20 seconds to yield more juice.

Store Properly: Freeze freshly squeezed lemon juice in ice cube strays, and store the frozen lemon cubes in freezer bags. Each lemon ice cube is about 2 tablespoons, so it will be easy to measure lemon juice when you cook.

With only eight ingredients and a 14-minute cook time, this dish will please even the hardest to impress guest. Enjoy!

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