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Adulting 101: Kitchen Hacks (with Lemons)

Adulting 101

Ever wonder how to get rid of that awful smell in your garbage disposal? Or how to organize your ingredients before tackling a recipe? How about the best method for measuring out sticky ingredients without having half of it stuck to the measuring spoon? Librarians Chris and Romie are here to share a series of quick and nifty kitchen hacks to make your life in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable! 

In this session, we will be looking at hacks that have to do with lemons! 

A Better Squeeze

Cut lemons in half to get ready to squeeze. To avoid seeds in your recipes, always squeeze lemons cut side up. The juices run into the measuring cup or pan, and the seeds remain in the rind in your hand. 

Lemon Cleaning Power

Save one half of the cut lemon for double duty when done squeezing. Put used lemon half in a glass measuring cup with about a cup of water and place in microwave on high for 90 seconds to steam the inside of the microwave. Then wipe down the inside of the microwave with a clean towel or paper towel and enjoy your fresh smelling microwave! 

Cutting Board Cleaner

You can use leftover lemon halves to clean and freshen up your cutting board as well. Sprinkle table salt on the surface of your cutting board and use the cut side of a lemon half to scrub the salt into the surface of your board. When finished, wipe down with a damp paper towel and allow to air dry.  

Delightful Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal, use those lemons for one last time. Grind up the rinds in the disposal to make your sink drain smell fresh and clean!   

For step-by-step instructions, check out the video below:


Romie is a Systemwide Floating Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, where she has recently landed in the Technical Services Department. She loves to help people and learn new things every day. When not at work, she loves reading, going on adventures, and the great outdoors.


Chris is an adult librarian with the PLYMC. He enjoys reading, particularly science fiction and psychological thrillers, hiking, being outdoors, and watching cat and dog videos.