Go Green With Friendly Yellow by Brianna Moore

Mar 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Make a Difference!, Youth Blog

lemons for go green with yellow You are probably wondering, “What in the world is she talking about?” Well, let me share my secrets of how you can “Go Green With Friendly Yellow”.  Did you ever stop to think about that glass of lemonade you enjoy occasionally, or that slice of lemon that is wedged on the side of your water glass at dinner time?  The versatile and environmentally-friendly lemon has been used for many centuries, with hidden usages that most have never even considered.  It is enjoyed by many as a refreshing drink, but lemon has so many potential possibilities to help protect our environment from the dangers of household cleansing chemicals. Using the lemon in place of so many other items, can protect our environment and promotes the greening concept.  Below you will find a few of the wonderful versatile possibilities that the lemon can be used for.

Odors that linger on the hands can be removed by rubbing the lemon juice from a fresh lemon onto the hands, which will neutralize the odor, leaving the hands smelling fresh as well as sanitized.  Another way lemons or lemon juice can be used as a neutralizing agent is when fish is being fried in the kitchen.  Place a pot on the stove with water and lemon juice, bring it to a boil and odors will dissipate with no need for air fresheners that contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment.  As a matter of fact, the microwave can be made odor-free by simply heating water and a few lemon slices, thus making it fresh and odor-free without chemicals. And, if you are having a problem with water stains on your shower doors, cut a lemon in half and rub on the glass to remove stains. Using the lemon will alleviate the need for glass cleaners that contain harsh chemicals.

Additionally, the lemon can be used as a cleansing agent by mixing vinegar and lemon juice in a spray bottle.  This solution can be used to disinfect the bathroom and kitchen, eliminating harsh chemicals like those found in Pine Sol, Clorox bleach or Mr. Clean. These disinfectants are harmful to our water supply and environment, and can be harmful those who have upper respiratory issues.

Diluted lemon juice not only cleans stains from cutting boards, but it helps kill germs as well.  Once again, lemon eliminates the need for harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment, and also helps to promote greening. The only thing you will need to do is to rub a lemon, using the full strength of the lemon to permeate the stain and let sit for a few minutes until the stain fades. If the stains are stubborn, the lemon juice can be left overnight; then rinsed well and dried. Additionally, lemon juice can be drizzled into minor cuts and wounds; this will help to stop the bleeding and it also disinfects the wounds or cuts. Lemon juice can help to alleviate pain from itching due to rashes, bee and wasp stings, as well as poison ivy rashes.  As a matter of fact, lemon juice and sugar mixed together can replace store bought facial scrubs, leaving the skin soft and smooth. These usages of lemons and lemon juice prevent damage to the environment, the water supply and are cheaper than store bought cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals.

So, the next time you are enjoying the fragrance of the lemon as refreshing beverage, remember all the multiple purposes that the lemon can be used for, around the home.  Not only are they high in vitamin C, but lemons also have an anti-bacterial effect that is environmentally- friendly.  The acid in lemons will help to deter ants: by simply pouring lemon juice in the area infested with ants, they will be repelled.  The lemon juice smells better, and then there is no need for harsh bug sprays.  Who would have ever thought that nature has given us everything we need to cleanse our home without using the chemicals which are damaging to the environment?  The next time you pick up that bleach, bug spray, or other harsh cleansing chemicals, remember to “Go Green With Friendly Yellow”: the mighty lemon!

Find even more uses for the lemon here: http://gogreenamericatv.com/the-blender-girls-top-30-natural-uses-for-lemons/

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By Brianna L. Moore, Volunteer Youth Blogger 

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