There’s something refreshing about the tangy, citrusy scent of a freshly cut lemon. Everything about this zesty fruit speaks of sunshine and fresh air, from the sunny yellow rind to the zesty, mouthwatering flesh. You are probably already taking advantage of this versatile fruit as a beverage ingredient, accompaniment to fish, and flavorful addition to salads and veggies. But there are so many other ways this vibrant fruit can improve your life—and not all of them involve consuming them. Check out this list of 13 ways lemons can improve your life.
13. Clean Your Microwave
The task of cleaning the caked-on, baked-on splatters lurking inside your microwave can seem overwhelming. But cleaning the microwave doesn’t have to be a chore if you have some lemons on hand. Simply squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon half into a small bowl of water. Next, place the dish in the microwave and run on high for two to three minutes. When the time is up, let the bowl sit for another five minutes to allow the steam and lemon juice to loosen up any gunk on the interior of the microwave. Remove the bowl and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a clean damp cloth. You won’t believe how easily the debris wipes away.
12. Highlight Your Hair
Summer days mean golden skin and sun-bleached hair. If you desire the sun-kissed glow of sun-lightened hair but don’t have endless days to sit at the beach, you can still attain natural highlights. Don’t bother with expensive salon highlights or store-bought bleaching agents. Add ½ cup of lemon juice to ½ cup of water in a spray bottle. Before heading outside, spritz a few sprays of the lemon juice mixture on your hair. Let the sunshine, warm air, and lemon work their magic without dangerous chemicals like bleach.