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When Life Gives You Lemons: 10 Fresh DIYs for Lemons

Posted by Alexandra C. | Tuesday August 13, 201316 comments

When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Not when there are SO many other, WAY cooler DIY recipes out there! I mean, why make boring ol' lemonade when there is limoncello to be had? 

To honour this citrusy fresh fruit, here are 10 DIY's for everything from dessert to drinks to a few beauty tips and tricks! 

Lemon Squares: I made these lemon squares last summer and they've become my signature dessert. 

Lemon Thins: What's nice about this cookie is that it's light and excellent for a little post-dinner sweetness.  

Lemon Soap: I've been loving the scent of lemon in the summer so this soap sounds like the perfect addition to my nightly bath routine

Limoncello: Limoncello is a great Italian lemon liquor. It calls for grain alcohol or 100 proof alcohol which isn't the easiest to find here in Toronto, but this would even be great to mix with with a regular vodka.  


Lemon Cleaner: Lemons make excellent all purpose cleaners. You can actually just use lemon itself on stainless steel or combine with other ingredients like vinegar or tea tree oil. Check out some tutorials here and here

Lemon Rosemary Cake: This would be the perfect partner to an afternoon coffee for a pick me up. 

Lemon Candle: Turn a lemon into a wonderfully scented candle. Not only yummy in the summer, but would be an excellent scent for the holidays.  


Grilled Lemonade: This is an interesting twist on a classic!

Brazilian Lemonade: During the winter when I needed a touch of summer to pick myself up, I made this delicious and tasty bevvy. I recommend trying it with a touch of rum or tequila. 

Lemon Exfoliator: Lemon makes an excellent exfoliator. Lemon juice is great for blemishes and for brightening skin, but combined with other ingredients like sugar or coconut oil (or both), it makes a great scrub. Be wary of using it on your face as your skin there is more sensitive, but it works well for your body. 
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on August 17, 2013  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

Lemon Rosemary Cake is so delicious. I like the lemon poppy seed cake (and muffins) too.

on August 15, 2013  haron  11,779 said:

I love lemons. Gotta try them all.

on August 15, 2013  layalxo  2,468 said:

I love love love lemon! The grilled lemonade, cleaner, and lemon thins look wonderful to use/consume. Also the lemon exfoliator. :)

on August 14, 2013  LissaG  6,010 said:

Lemon squares are one of my favourite desserts! The lemon cake also looks delicious. The candle idea is neat as well. My favourite thing to do with lemons though is lemon jello shots in the rind! Always a party hit.

on August 14, 2013  curlysue10  6,981 said:

Fab ideas! I especially love the lemon candle, how cute is that?!

on August 14, 2013  JulzRulz  1,950 said:

I'm drooling. I have to try it all! (I have the 100 proof alcohol) hehe I am a Lemon Head!!

on August 14, 2013  Bren  24,545 said:

BTW I'm totally trying the lemon candle!

on August 14, 2013  Bren  24,545 said:

I love lemons!I always have them on hand...I always squeeze some in my water..The smell is just so fresh...Like Takoda I planted some seeds from my lemons and its actually doing really well!

on August 13, 2013  fredamans  11,163 said:

Lemon is great on glass!

on August 13, 2013  lovelydays  3,649 said:

This whole article is making my mouth water.

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