Jill Cordes offers innovative uses for lemons around your home. (Courtesy: Brighter Living)

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Lemons are great to have on hand for flavoring food and drinks, but they also have a bunch of other uses that you might not have thought of. Let’s take a look. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, have antibacterial effects, and possess antioxidant properties. The juice consists of about 5% acid, which also makes them useful for a variety of household purposes. Store half a lemon in your refrigerator to help control and get rid of unpleasant smells. And how about that wooden cutting board? Rub lemon juice on it, leave overnight, then rinse. The lemon will help kill off bacteria and neutralize odors. Fish smells can linger on your hands even after scrubbing with soap. Rubbing your hands with lemon juice will get rid of the smell and leave your hands smelling wonderful. Speaking of smelling wonderful? A 50/50 mixture of lemon juice and water makes an effective mouthwash. So the next time life gives you lemons, make lemonade-- or a household cleaner to put that pucker power to work for you instead of using environmentally-harsh chemicals. I’m Jill Cordes.

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