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Ant repellent? 7 surprising household uses for limes get tons of respect — at the bar. But this unsung citrus fruit has all sorts of surprising health, household and beautifying uses. Here are a few of our favorites.

Better your bod

Start your day with a warm glass of water with lime juice. This Ayurvedic tradition said to alkalize the body, fight inflammation, enhance digestion and promote weight loss. If nothing else, it’s hydrating and loaded with antioxidants and immunity-boosting vitamin C.

Defunk your microwave

Crusty, musty microwaves are no match for this simple five minute hack. Fill a microwave safe bowl with a half cup of water, two tablespoons of baking soda and half of a lime, then cook on high for about four minutes. Wipe off the muck loosened by the steam, and savor the citrus fresh scent.

Get handsy

Garlic, onions and other ingredients we love in our food can leave hands stinky after cutting. To banish the unsavory odor, scrub your hands with lime juice post-handling.

Something’s fishy

A spritz of citrus can tame pungent fish, and the same with your garbage disposal. After putting fish remnants in the garbage disposal, pour in some lime juice before turning it on to prevent your home from smelling like a marina.


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