Something is refreshing about the tangy, citrusy scent of a freshly cut lemon. Everything about this zesty fruit speaks of sunshine and fresh air, from the sunny yellow rind to the zesty, mouthwatering flesh. You are probably already taking advantage of this versatile fruit as a beverage ingredient, accompaniment to fish, and delicious addition to salads and veggies. But there are so many other ways this vibrant fruit can improve your life—and not all of them involve consuming them.

Heres a list of ways lemons can improve your life.

Clean Your Microwave.

Cleaning the microwave doesn’t have to be a chore if you have some lemons on hand. Squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon half into a small bowl of water. Next, place the dish in the microwave and run on high for two to three minutes. When the time is up, let the bowl sit for another five minutes to allow the steam and lemon juice to loosen up any gunk on the interior of the microwave. Remove the bowl and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a clean damp cloth. You won’t believe how easily the debris wipes away.

Boost Your Metabolism.

Some claim that lemon juice can boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. While these claims are not proven, adding lemon juice to your water provides a tangy flavor without extra calories. Drinking plenty of water is definitely a metabolism booster, so if this flavorful fruit increases your consumption of water, it is giving you an added boost. Drinking lemon-infused water can help you feel full and consume fewer unnecessary calories. Also, staying well hydrated keeps you from retaining water so you will feel less bloated.

Soothe Your Sore Throat.

Lemon juice contains acids that can kill bacteria. To make a soothing gargle for a sore throat, mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in 1/4 cup of warm water. Gargle and spit. Even better, enjoy a warming cup of herbal tea with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey. The lemon in your tea will help break up mucus caused by inflammation and soothe the pain of a sore throat. Additionally, lemons contain vitamin C, which will give your immune system a much-needed boost.

Destroy Odors.

Knock out nasty odors from fish, garlic, or foods that have gone past their prime in your refrigerator with a sponge soaked in lemon juice. Add lemon slices to a pot of boiling water on your stove to fill your kitchen with a fresh, citrusy scent. If the smell of burned popcorn lingers in your microwave, microwave a dish of lemon juice and water and wipe down the interior. Combine water, baking soda, and lemon juice in a spray bottle for a natural deodorizing spray that combats pet odors. Preserve Fruits and Vegetables.

Prevent apple or pear slices from turning brown by soaking them in a solution of lemon juice and cold water. Delay the browning of cut potatoes by giving them a squeeze of lemon juice. Squirt cut avocado or even the surface of your guacamole with a little lemon juice to prevent enzymes from breaking it down as quickly.

Elsie Young