06/12/2012 02:20 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Repurposing Ideas: 5 New Uses For Lemons

Lemons are good for more than garnishing cocktails or other summer dishes. Thanks to their high acid content and great citrus scent, they can be used in lieu of chemical cleaning products without losing out on efficacy. Here are my favorite uses for lemon.

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Chrome Restoration
Whether it's a bathroom fixture or a decorative accessory, you can restore the beauty of chrome just by rubbing the item in question with half of a lemon. Just glide, let sit for ten minutes and then wipe away for a good-as-new finish.

Grout "Bleach"
Got gray grout? Simply reach for lemon. Cut a lemon into quarters and then use the pieces to scrub into the grout in between tiles. (If it's a really set-in stain, call upon an old toothbrush to help you rub the lemon into the grout.) The juice helps break down mildew, mold and other mysterious stains. Afterwards, rinse with plenty of water.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner
Let's face it: A garbage disposal can get pretty stinky if you're not careful. But a few slices of lemon will deodorize and clean away any funky stuff. Just slice a lemon and throw into the disposal and run as usual. Then, flush with plenty of hot water. Hint: Lemon rinds can work on minor odor situations.

Microwave Deodorizer
To eliminate odors from a microwave, simply fill a small bowl with water, add a few lemon slices and then zap for 45 seconds. Let sit; then wipe out the inside of the microwave.

Cat Deterrent
Don't want Cookie or Fluffy in a certain spot in your home? (Say, the kitchen counter.) Lemons to the rescue! Just spritz the surface with a 50/50 solution of lemon juice and water. Our feline friends, while cute, seem to disagree with citrus scents. They'll shoo away from the counter and go back to being the living room, where they belong.

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