While lemon essential oil has always been one of my favorite oils to use around the house, I recently realized that I’ve never actually written a specific blog post about it! I’ve written individual blog posts about uses for lavender oil, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil, but never lemon. Until today, that is! :-)
Today I’m (finally!) giving lemon essential oil the individual attention it deserves by sharing 20 brilliant ways to use it. From deodorizing to sanitizing to dissolving greasy messes, there is no shortage of ways that this oil can come in handy around the house!
20 Brilliant Uses For Lemon Essential Oil
1. Sanitize Your Toothbrush
Add a drop of lemon oil to your toothbrush about once a week. It will help sanitize and deodorize your toothbrush, plus help keep your mouth fresh and clean!
2. Treat Nail Fungus
Lemon oil makes a great treatment for fingernail and toenail fungus. Just add a drop or two to the affected nail several times a day as needed.
3. Eliminate Food Odors
Are food odors lingering in your kitchen? Just bring a small pot of water to a boil on your stovetop, then add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the simmering water. The lemon-scented steam will freshen the air in no time!
4. Remove Gum From Hair
If someone has gum in their hair, lemon essential oil can be a real lifesaver! Work a few drops of lemon oil into the gum to loosen it from the hair, adding more oil as needed until you’ll able to pull the gum free.
5. Wash Your Produce
Fill a large bowl with cold water and add 2–3 drops of lemon oil to make a simple and effective produce wash. Swish your fresh produce around in the water to remove dirt and grime.
6. Kill Aphids
Kill aphids and other pesky little bugs on contact with a simple oil spray. Fill a big glass spray bottle with water and add 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil, then shake to combine. Shake well before each use.
7. Personalize A Letter
Add a dab of lemon oil to the envelope the next time you send a letter or card in the mail. The recipient will love the little personal touch!
8. Make Your Dishes Sparkle
9. Clean Your Hands
A drop of lemon oil will help clean and sanitize your hands if you happen to find yourself without hand sanitizer or soap.
10. Add Some Highlights
Use the photosensitive nature of lemon essential oil to your benefit by using it to highlight your hair! Just work a drop or two of lemon oil through you hair with a brush or comb before spending time in the sun. (Just be sure to keep the oil well away from your scalp!)
11. Clean Hard Floors
Add 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil and 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Dip your mop into the solution and use it to clean your hard floors. If your floors are especially dirty, add a few drops of dish soap to help cut through the grime.
Note: When cleaning with vinegar, especially porous surfaces like hardwood floors, make sure to use it sparingly so you don’t damage what you are trying to clean.
12. Treat Calluses & Corns
Lemon essential oil is great for softening and exfoliating areas of tough, dry skin including corns and calluses. Rub a drop of lemon oil onto a corn or callus each day until it disappears.
13. Freshen The Air
Fill a small spray bottle with distilled water and add 6 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake well, then use the spray to freshen the air in your bathroom, kitchen, or any room around the house.
14. Soften Dry Heels
Add a drop of lemon oil to a teaspoon or so of your favorite carrier oil, and massage it into your feet before going to bed. Repeat nightly as needed for softer, more moisturized feet!
15. Erase Greasy Marks
Use 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to erase oily marks left behind by gum, oil, grease, or crayons. This works well on most hard surfaces!
16. Cheer Up!
Feeling a little blue? Add lemon essential oil to your diffuser and your disposition will be sunnier before you know it!
17. Deodorize Your Fridge
Add a few drops of lemon oil to a fresh box of baking soda and place it in your fridge or freezer. The baking soda will absorb food odors and replace it with the fresh scent of lemon.
18. Breathe Easier
Add a few drops of lemon oil to your humidifier to ease a cough or other cold-related upper respiratory symptoms.
19. Shine & Protect Leather
Add a drop of lemon oil to your cloth whenever you polish or condition leather shoes, bags, jackets, or even sofas. The lemon oil will add shine and help prevent the leather from splitting.
20. Conquer Cold Sores
Apply a drop of lemon oil to a cold sores to help promote healing. The antiviral properties of lemon oil may help fight the virus that can cause cold sores.
What is your favorite use for lemon essential oil?