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20 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil

Like lavender essential oil, there are so many ways you can also use lemon essential oil! There’s a reason why it’s included in the beginner essential oil kits – so many benefits and uses! This is another oil I always want to make sure I’m stocked up on. I use it every single day.

Lemon is well-known to be a powerful cleanser which is why you see it being used in so many natural cleansers. Even the brand name cleansers all have lemon scented products. It makes your home smell clean and inviting.

20 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil - practical uses to help you in your home and health!

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Here is a list of 20 practical ways you can use lemon essential oil in your home and on your family. As you can see there is a variety of uses – many that were completely new to me until a couple months ago!

1. Cleanses the air of smells. Lemons smell fresh and clean! Diffuse some lemon essential oil to rid your home of unpleasant odours. I always diffuse lemon essential oil after I make eggs because I can’t stand the lingering smell breakfast leaves behind.

2. Degreases dirty dishes and hands. Add some lemon essential oil to your dish soap to cut the grease on those really dirty dishes. Alternatively, if you have greasy hands that just won’t come clean with soap, add a couple drops of lemon essential oil to your lather.

3. Clean naturally. Make your own natural cleaner with water, lemon essential oil and a splash of white vinegar in a spray bottle. It works great as an all-purpose, chemical-free cleaner.

4. Clean your microwave. Add water, a few drops of lemon essential oil and a splash of vinegar to a bowl. Microwave on high for five minutes. Let sit for a few minutes. Then remove the bowl and wipe out the microwave with a damp cloth. Stuck on food should just fall off and it will smell clean and fresh!

5. Polish your wood furniture. Make your own natural furniture polish with olive oil and lemon essential oil.

6. Kills aphids. Get rid of annoying aphids that feast on your plants with a mixture of lemon essential oil and water in a spray bottle. It also won’t hurt your plants.

7. Add to your cooking/baking. Use a couple drops of lemon essential oil to add an extra zip of flavour to desserts like lemon bars, cake, tarts or savoury dishes like lemon garlic shrimp and lemon dressing.

8. Flavour your water. Add one or two drops to a tall glass of cold water. My aunt swears that drinking lemon water before meals helps keep her slim and curbs cravings. I like it because it is refreshing and I don’t feel as hungry.

9. Soothe a sore throat. Add lemon essential oil, honey and some hot water to a mug to make your own “tea” to soothe a sore, irritated throat.

10. Fight nail fungus. Keep your nails pretty (and fungus free) by rubbing lemon essential oil on your nail bed and cuticles.

11. Soften rough feet. Rub some lemon essential oil on your corns and calluses. I make a mixture of fractionated coconut oil and lemon essential oil and rub on the soles of my feet.

12. Wash fruit and veggies. Make your own fruit and veggie wash by adding some lemon essential oil to a bowl of water in your sink.

13. Helps cold sores. Add a drop of lemon essential oil to help speed up healing on a cold sore and help with pain.

14. Combat odours in enclosed spaces. Add lemon essential oil to a cotton ball and put in a fridge, car, closet or any enclosed space that needs a little pick-me-up.

15. Banish water spots. Add a little lemon essential oil to your dishwasher soap container to help get rid of those annoying water spots! I only need to do this when I’m using a cheap dishwasher cleaner.

16. Clean a sticky mess. Make your own natural Goo-gone by using lemon essential oil on a sticky mess like gum in your hair or leftover bandage adhesive.

17. Prevent apples from turning brown. If you are cutting up apples and not eating them right away, spray a little lemon essential oil and water on them to keep them fresh.

18. Brighten your mood. Add a little lemon essential oil behind your ears and on your wrists to help cheer you up. Lemon is a sunny, fresh smell that helps me get me motivated.

19. Disinfect your toothbrush. Keep your toothbrush fresh by adding a drop of lemon essential oil to it once a week.

20. Freshen smelly dishcloths. Add some lemon essential oil to your detergent and soak your dishcloths overnight. Then wash and dry like normal. It will get rid of that lingering rotten smell that never seems to go away!

You might also like: How to use essential oils to clean your home.

How do you use lemon essential oil? 

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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