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  1. I am going to try the age spot trick. I am sorry to say that I have that problem. Lemon juice and baking soda is great for cleaning a glass top stove.

    • Crunchy Betty

      I’m going to have to try the lemon thing on my stove. Oooh. And on my burners! Those are the worst. Thanks for the idea!

  2. My favorite use for lemons is homemade lemon bars. Yum! But I always buy too many lemons … mostly just cuz they’re so darn pretty. I plan to try your fruit/vegie wash with the next orphaned lemon or two! Thanks for the tips!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Haha. I can see how that would be a favorite use! In fact, I think you should favorite use it right straight into my mouth one of these days.

      Lemme know how the fruit/veggie wash goes for you!

  3. I can so relate to throwing away the moldy half a lemon, every freaking time. I dare not try the hair trick because I’m having flashbacks to using “sun-in” in junior high and it wasn’t purdy. I thin I’ll try it on the pesky age spots on my hands. If I can get them looking 65 instead of 85, I’d be thrilled.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Yeah. With you on the Sun-In. I wasn’t so bright (or was, as the case may be) back in the day. I have dark hair that trends toward the red side anyway, had a perm in 8th grade, and used Sun-In. Puke-orange frizzy curls for months. I think I finally had to cut it really short to get rid of it.

      So, I also did a mask last night with eggplant (which was weird), but it’s supposed to fade age spots (and freckles), too. Next time you’re using eggplant, which I’m sure is constantly, try that, too. Or just lemon …

      • So weird that y’all are talking about Sun-In, I actually posted a Sun In horror story today. Horrid!

        I need to try it on my age spots. I can’t seem to stay inside enough to avoid them! :)
        And one more thing, I use a lemon half and salt to scrub our old glass top stove top.

  4. Kim

    I am feeling particularly crunchy tonight, and quite proud of myself because I have actually heard of and tried a few of these lemony solutions.

    But I admit I am skeptical about the whole acne treatment idea. I have two tweens who are starting to produce pimply pockets on their cheeks and noses. If this works, you will hear about it. I can’t afford Clearasil for two.

    And since my microwave and glass baking dishes are sources of great frustration, I will be testing these also.

    Thanks Leslie. I don’t know how you keep this all so lemony fresh.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Okay, between you and Jessica below, I’m bound and determined to do a post about acne soon. I have a ton of stuff.

      But, notably, I started getting a nasty, big zit on my chin the other night and caught it before it got out of control. All I did? Dab a little lavender essential oil on it and leave it overnight. Gone in the morning. So there’s one other idea!

  5. I’m a lemon lover.

    These are brilliant ideas.

    And I have a meyer lemon tree that might…MIGHT…give me lemons this year.

    Aren’t I all with the green thumb?

    • Crunchy Betty

      Does having a tree in your backyard give you a green thumb? I don’t know how all those things work. But I’m willing to afford you a Martha point or two for that.

      And I’m SO jealous of your lemons, if they come in. You must make things with them, things to go in your mouth, too. And you must blog about them.

      THAT will give you, like, 3 billion Crunchy Betty points. And those … yeah. You know what they’re worth.

  6. Great article, Lesley!

    I would love to share my fave lemon toner recipe:

    250 ml grams of water
    5 teaspoons of finely grated lemon peel
    1 cup of fresh mint leaves

    Add ingredients mentioned above to a boiling water. Boil 1 to 2 minutes, until peel is soft. Remove from heat, let it cool, then strain.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Awesome! I’m going to have to try this very, very soon. Even if it does take me all day to figure out how much 250 ml of water is. Not so good with the math here.

      Thanks for sharing!

  7. I adore all of your lemon use thingys. I love putting lemon in my water and I have started making my own lemony soda-

    Sparking water
    Fresh lemon Juice (fresh juice has all the active,live enzymes)
    A few drops of liquid stevia or powder

    Stir, fizz, and drink…so yum!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Um. Holy yum.

      I have to admit, I have this ridiculous craving for soda every once in a while, and more often than not, I’ll just walk down to the local market and get a Diet Dr Pepper. Horrible, I know. But it’s the bubbly that I’m really after.

      And I think you just cured that.

      This. Is. Awesome.

      • AmandaonMaui

        If you’re into bubbly try mineral water like Perrier. I put a squeeze of lemon int that, or lemon and lime, and it’s like a soda! You could also put other juices and it’s like a spritzer. 

        I too like to have a soda now and then. It’s usually about once a month, and it’s not the HFCS containing kind. 

      • Robin @ Toxic Beauty Blog

        I went looking for an article on uses for leftover lemon peel and it bought me back to this post, 2 years later! LOL I wanted to leave this comment because I have another cure for your occasional soda fix which I am so into lately- kefir water! have you tried this? It turns out fizzy and so delicious…and has so many benefits because it’s a probiotic drink!

  8. I love it for the microwave and counter tops. It just smells so good. I’m going to have to try it on my breakouts. I’d love a crunchy post on dealing with acne. Please?

    • Crunchy Betty

      Acne post, coming right up. Knowing me, it’ll be the next one coming … and I think the next one coming will be WITH THE NEW BLOG DESIGN YAY!

      But, like I mentioned to Kim above, I started getting a pimple on my chin the other night. You know, the kind that’s deep and big and you KNOW is going to get picked at when you’re not thinking about it. I dabbed a little lavender EO on it after I washed my face, and it was gone the next morning. Gone. Vanished. Kaput.

      Like, a miracle and all that.

  9. Hi! New reader here…I love this post! I am gonna try the fruit/veggie wash for sure!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Hey, lady! Glad to see you here! You’ll have to let me know how it goes when you try it. I’m anxious to hear the results (mainly because I haven’t tried it yet, and I have no fruit or veggies in the house that need to be washed … waiting for farmer’s market on Friday).

      Come back soon, y’hear?

  10. One word… zest. If I’m gonna juice it, I zest it first. If I have no use for the zest right away, I dry it first and then freeze it for later. Hate to waste! Thanks for all the great suggestions!

    • Crunchy Betty

      You’ve taught me so much about putting things in my freezer. I’d have NEVER thought of this!

      Thanks, sistah!

  11. I also use lemon to treat headache. For this, apply on the forehead lemon juice compresses or lemon slices.

  12. AmandaonMaui

    You can use lemon juice in your toilet to make it smell better and to disinfect it. When used in conjunction with baking soda you might even get toilet rings out. 

  13. Sweetest_p

    If you drink red wine, but it stains your teeth, take a slice of lemon and rub it over your teeth after drinking the wine, it takes the wine stain right out!!!! :-)

  14. Lytlejoc

    I know this is an older post, but I’m compelled to add here anyway that a good thing to do with lemons if you bought a whole bunch of them but don’t need them right away is to store them in a ziplock back in the fridge. A whole lemon in a ziplock bag will keep pretty much indefinitely. True story.

  15. i know this is older but can i suggest squeezing over cut or half eaten articles (kids!) to stop em going brown and dried citrus peelings work for firelighters :) love your work crunchy peeps!

  16. anne

    to rinse your hair after shampoo you do not need conditioner , just rinse with lemon juice, apple cider or citric acid for healthier and shiny hair, save money on conditioner (extra chemical!)


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