Clean, heal, rejuvenate with a lemon


Last updated 07:44 13/01/2014
The humble lemon is a wastebuster’s dream.

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This week we take another look at the many uses of citrus fruit, particularly lemons, which have the power to clean, heal and rejuvenate.

In fact, we encourage people to never throw out a lemon, but instead, use their powerful properties to save money, reduce waste, and conserve resources by avoiding the need for a multitude of other products, and potentially harmful chemicals.

Some more amazing uses for an old citrus include:

Lemon juice will kill bacteria without leaving a chemical residue. Why not add lemon juice to drinking water to make sure no bacteria can survive?

Flea treatment
Add lemon slices to half a litre of boiling water, allow to cool and pour into a spray bottle. Spray liberally on your pet's coat.

Paintbrush softener
Boil lemon juice in a pot then pop your paintbrush in and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes, then wash in hot, soapy water.

Bathroom/toilet cleaner
Remove stubborn stains by sprinkling on baking soda, then pouring on a dash of white vinegar mixed with lemon juice.

Pre-wash stain remover
Spray lemon juice (diluted with water or undiluted) onto stains before putting clothes in the wash.

Anti-dandruff treatment
Mix two tablespoons of lemon juice with half a cup of olive oil, rub into the scalp and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off.

For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre. To join Wastebusters, email

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- The Southland Times


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