3 Ways with Lemon DIY

July 23, 2014

It's time for another '3 Ways With' post! This time with lemons! Click here for the video.

I always have lemons and lemon essential oil in my house. I use it/them for so many things related to skin care, hair care, cleaning and freshening up the house!

Bathroom Cleaner

I love using lemon in my bathroom multi purpose cleaner. Not only does it smell fresh and clean it also works well at cutting through grease and limescale PLUS it helps to removes stains and restore my bathroom to sparkly white again!

Take the juice of 1-3 lemons

1/2 Cup of white vinegar
1/2 Cup of water
Optional - A few drops of an essential oil like Lavender or tea tree

Add all the ingredients into a spray bottle and use it to clean you bathroom! As with everything patch test it in a small area first to be on the safe side.

Refreshing Summer Drink

I do love a cool, refreshing drink on a hot day... who doesn't?! My drink of choice USED to be a large glass of diet coke poured over ice but I try to avoid that now. I do still drink it occasionally but it is not a regular feature in my diet. 

This is a great alternative that tastes better and is much better for your insides! It is very simple and easy to make and there are so many alternatives you can try out too. I've kept it simple today but you can add different fruits, cucumber, mint, rosemary, etc.

Cut up one or two lemons (depending on size of jug)

Add them into the jug
Add ice (if you want to)
Fill with water
Pop in the fridge

Lemon water is detoxifying, speeds up your metabolism and generally tastes great! I love having a jug of cold water in the fridge that I can reach for any time, it is also brilliant for when guests pop over, you look super fancy when you get your lemon water jug out ;-)

In winter I like to pop a slice of lemon into a tea cup and fill it up with hot water for a soothing, yummy drink. If I want a bit of a kick start to my day I add in the juice of half a lemon as an extra metabolism boost.

Hair lightener

Nowadays I do my best to try and avoid hair dyes (haven't dyed my hair since November 2013! That is a long time for me) and in the winter I will look into henna for a darker, deeper colour to stop me looking mousey. In the summer, however, my hair lightens in the sun very easily so there is no point dying it darker.

I wanted to give my hair a helping hand to go lighter, here are my results:

My hair before doing anything:

My hair after spraying pure lemon oil across my roots and then spending 30 minutes in the sun and 30 minutes inside before washing out well:

Not a drastic change but the lemon has had an overall lightening effect even after just one use and I am pleased with it, I think I will use lemon before washing my hair another couple of times. Be careful how often you use lemon in your hair, it made mine feel very brittle before I washed it out so I am not sure about the long term effect.

So there you go, three ways to use lemon... but there are so many more! What's your favourite?

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All opinions are honest and my own, any suggestions made are based on my own experiences and are meant as a guide. Please always take care when making any DIY products and patch test to rule out an adverse reaction.


  1. I'm usually really good at having lemon and hot water first thing in the morning but since doing the whole ACV thing, I can't face doing both! I will often squish the lemon down the kitchen sink when I've had enough of it to give it a clean and make it smell nice again. Never tried it on my hair before but its so dark that I'm not sure it'd do much! xx

  2. Nic Gustafsson23 July 2014 at 17:45

    Thanks for sharing this Rach and those are some good ways of using my fav ingredient! I will definitely be testing out the bathroom cleaner recipe as I really do hate using the harsh ones from the local supermarket, my nose crinkles up every time! xx

  3. those "Detox water" had taken the people around me by storm and there had been health professionals pointing out that throwing fruits plus herbs (mint, rosemary and whatnot) into water doesn't make the nutrients 'come out', and in fact might have counter-intuitive outcomes, e.g. the pesticides coming off during the process. Its time for people to stop this nonsense really.

  4. I wouldn't call it 'nonsense' to enjoy a cold drink of water that is flavoured with a bit of lemon. I didn't make any huge health claims in this post, I said that it was a nice drink for a summer day or when guests are over.

  5. You are most welcome! Thank you for reading :-) Let me know how you get on with the cleaner, I haven't looked back since switching xx

  6. I don't blame you! I drink it more for enjoyment rather than health benefits... ain't nobody got time for that lol. yeah, not sure it would do much on your hair, not that you'd want to your hair is beautiful as it is! xx

  7. I use it pretty much the same, however with the hair I just use as a rinse. So juice of half a lemon to two parts water, straight after shampoo instead of acv, works a treat xx

  8. Ooh, thanks for the rinse tip, I will do that as I am trying to lighten my hair and the lemon spray works well but I have to time it right with washing it out... and I tend to forget! lol! xx

  9. I love lemon water so refreshing I juice mine first to make it even more zingy :) the D.I.Y bathroom cleaner sounds handy I use white vinegar for literally everything didn't think of adding lemon :) xx


  10. it really is so lovely and refreshing isn't it? :-) The lemon helps with the smell it also has it's own cleaning properties too so it's a great adidtion to vinegar :-) xx

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