5 Great Lemon Tricks

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Introduction: 5 Great Lemon Tricks

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Usually used for making lemonade, lemons have many uses besides food. With a bag of lemons around the house, you can some up with some cool projects!

Here are 5 of the most interesting i found, if you have more link to them in the comments!

Step 1: Mold Removal

You can remove mold by rubbing lemon juice where you see it. Mold should dissipate soon after!

Step 2: Invisible Ink

You can make your own secret spy invisible ink with lemon juice.

Take a q-tip and soak it in lemon juice. Use the Q-tip to write on the paper. Once the lemon juice is dry you can use heat from a lamp to reveal a secret message!

Step 3: Boost Laundry Detergent

Use 1 cup of lemon juice in your wash to boost the effectiveness of your laundry detergent.

Step 4: Blonde Highlights

Use lemon juice to get blond highlights, just apply and then sit out side. Repeat the process over a weeks time for best results.

Step 5: Electric Lemon

Lemons can give you electricity! 

1. roll the lemon to get the juices
2. Cut 2 slits in the lemon
3. in one slit place a dime, the other use a penny.
4. Now you have electricity from a lemon, you can test how much with a multimeter.

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    lemon juice

    12yrs ago when my son was diagnosed with Leukaemia his Dr a Professor/Sir in Oncology told me that to keep my home free from germs (as all germs are a life threatening thing to someone with no immune system) i should use white vinegar diluted with half water to 100% sterilize my home etc (Plus can add lemon to neutralize vinegar smell). She also said there is nothing on the shelf you can buy that will kill 100% of germs only sunlight or vinegar. (which for inside your home sunlight is useless). Now you know why everything on the shelf on says 99.99% of germs not 100% effective like cheap good old vinegar.

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    you are sadly mistaken if you think "good old vinegar" is 100% effective. in fact you are worse off using vinegar than those on shelf items. that is unless of course you have a allergy problem with on shelf items, or you just want to go natural. vinegar won't protect you against most of the more dangerous bacteria.

    better off using bleach if you really have to deal with an issue that is THAT big a deal with germs. also, they do make special lights that destroy bacteria. UV lights I believe and they are used in some medical facilities.

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    2 years ago

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    A cup of lemon juice to your wash? What is that, like a dozen lemons?
    Not worth the cost or effort. I'd rather make lemonade with all those lemons.

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    Use white vinegar and borax. Cleaner, better smelling clothes and towels. Both are super cheap.

    Borax is alkaline and vinegar is acetic. Seems like these 2 would work contrary to one another in the wash. Maybe use either or?

    Unfortunately, alkaline and acid, are not always mutually exclusive. In this case we are using the vinegar to rob the borax of one of its sodium ions. If you do the chemistry and react the proper amounts together you will eventually get a weak solution of boric acid. I cannot testify as to the usefulness of adding boric acid to a wash, but a partial reaction would give sodium borohydroxide (I think that is what it would be called) which is still an acid (technically depending on how much vinegar reacts with the borax). I suspect that this fills a similar function to the vinegar, but without the sharp smell. The sodium acetate byproduct does nothing. I'm not certain this is a useful reaction, but this is what would happen if you mixed them.

    Sorry - should have made that clear. When I wash towels, I add vinegar. When I run a regualr load, just the borax.

    Sorry - should have asked how much of each do you use - a tablespoon or cup full? and do they go in with the detergent or in the final rinse?

    Depends on the load, but vinegar would be a cup. A cup, or a half cup of borax if it's a smaller load.

    If you use them both in the same wash, use the borax with the detergent, the vinegar would go later, much like fabric softener.

    I would advise, if you use a top-loading machine, let the basin fill up with water and let the borax dissolve. It tends to clump.

    Which reminds me about storage: put the borax in something relatively air-tight. It absorbs moister and will clump in the box.

    How do you use them - instead of washing powder or as well as? if as well as - when do you put them in?

    I use borax or vinegar with detergent. I just don't use as much detergent as one would, normally.

    Also, borax and vinegar do slightly different things. The former boosts the detergent. Vinegar neutralizes odors - works great on towels and sheets.

    I think lemon juice is one of those once in a while things you use when spring cleaning your clothes or something. If I had some particularly smelly clothes from storage that still smelled after washing, some lemon juice might just do the trick to deodorise them.

    Lemon juice has a mild bleaching effect. For deodorizing, especially athletic clothing and underarm odors, half a cup of vinegar in the wash works best. And yes, the vinegar smell dissipates.

    Right- there might be a slight vinegar smell when you take it out of the machine, but it will be gone as soon as the clothes dry.

    With a good citrus press it would only take a few lemons to get to a cup.

    what this doesn't tell you (with the blonde highlights) is that lemon juice will also cause a very ugly burn on your skin if you expose it to the sun. It really is ugly, more than painful. Causes a very dark burn that will eventually fade... in weeks.

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    This is what I was talking about before. The citric acid in your case was activated by the UV in the sunlight creating a very active anion. You basically got an acid burn. Acid burns of this type tend to go deeper than the surface skin layer because the skin absorbs it. If you get exposed to acid of any sort, immediately apply wet baking powder to the area, and keep it there for several minutes. The idea is to hopefully neutralize the acid before it causes additional damage and irritation.

    This is what I was talking about before. The citric acid in your case was activated by the UV in the sunlight creating a very active anion. You basically got an acid burn. Acid burns of this type tend to go deeper than the surface skin layer because the skin absorbs it. If you get exposed to acid of any sort, immediately apply wet baking powder to the area, and keep it there for several minutes. The idea is to hopefully neutralize the acid before it causes additional damage and irritation.