We use a lot of lemons around my kitchen and I always hate tossing the still-packed with pulp halves. They're a great source for zest, but what else? Read on for ideas on how to put them to good use.
- Clean cutting boards naturally - Those spent lemon halves are ideal for disinfecting cutting boards. They'll still yield some juice and will work with coarse salt to gently scrub away stubborn stains.
- Add to the water pitcher - We always have a pitcher of water in the fridge, so adding in lemon halves as they're used adds a fresh lemon flavor to otherwise plain water. Just don't forget to remove old ones so they're not sitting in the pitcher too long — funky things will happen!
- Freshen the garbage disposal - Back in the glory days when I lived in one of the 10% of so of NYC apartments with a garbage disposal, I loved the fresh scent that lingered in my kitchen after running a lemon half through the disposal. If you don't have a garbage disposal, just running a lemon around the sink and drain helps freshen up the space as well.
- Clean the microwave - I love this tip for quickly steam cleaning your microwave without too much elbow grease. And it works great with spent lemon halves as well!
- Scrub stubborn food, like cheese dried on a grater - Lemon halves are like nature's little hand scrubbers -0 they fit in the palm of your hand and come packed with natural disinfectant. If you need a little more abrasion, add a bit of coarse kosher salt and scrub away.
(Image credits: Dana Velden)