Here's why putting lemon in your drink is a bad idea

Skip the lemon with that water because apparently it could make you sick.

Take it from Clemson University food scientists who studied drink garnishes. Lemons will leave a bad taste in your mouth. We're talking about germs. 

Wet lemons absorb bacteria 100 percent of the time. It’s a 30 percent rate if they’re dry. Ice picks up bacteria 83 percent of the time. Both ice and lemons pick up bacteria from cutting boards, hands or utensils.

Alcohol doesn’t take care of contamination problems. Another study showed pathogens in ice weren’t killed in 80-proof Scotch and soda.

RELATED: 13 uses for lemons you haven't thought of 

13 Uses for Lemons You Haven’t Thought of Yet
See Gallery
13 Uses for Lemons You Haven’t Thought of Yet

Squeeze as much as you can out of this versatile citrus fruit.

Make a Wreath

Bright golden lemons are already inviting, but they’re even more so when glued to a wreath form and hung on a wall or door.

Image Credit: Blogspot/Ordy and Joon

Display Place Cards

If yellow is one of your wedding colors, consider using lemons, sliced down the middle so that they’ll stand, as holders for place cards. Just cut a slit in the top of each half and tuck in your guest’s name.

Image Credit: Style Me Pretty/flutter glass PHOTOGRAPHY

Serve Sorbet or Soufflé

To serve sorbet in a lemon, cut a lemon in half and hollow it out; then fill it with a scoop of your favorite sorbet. To use lemons as soufflé cups, cut a tip off one end of the lemon so that it will stand up; cut off the other side of the lemon about a quarter from the end. Hollow out the lemon, pour in your soufflé batter, and bake as you normally would.

Image Credit: Flickr/gimpbully

Add to Floral Arrangements

Spear a lemon with a skewer and then treat it as you would any other bloom.

Image Credit: Style Me Pretty/Christina Diane Weddings

Prop Up Signs

For an unexpected pop of color, prop up a sign in a metal tub or bucket filled with lemons.

Image Credit: Style Me Pretty/Samm Blake

Decorate a Serving Dish

For a simple and flavorful garnish in a lemony dish, line a clear glass serving bowl with thinly sliced lemons. This would also add some zing to a vase of flowers.

Image Credit: Fancy Edibles

Make Votive Holders

Cut a lemon in half, scoop out its flesh, and place a white votive candle inside for a subtle glow. Run a few of them down the center of the table at your next picnic.

Image Credit: Girls Guide To

Polish Metal Cookware

The acid in lemons makes them handy cleaning tools, and you can use their juice to make a scouring paste for steel, brass, and copper pots and pan. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it onto the metal. Let it sit five minutes, then rinse with warm water and dry.

Image Credit: Flickr/mckaysavage

Prevent Fruit From Browning

Toss fruit salad with lemon juice to keep fruit like apples and bananas from browning. This also works with guacamole: store prepared guacamole with a thin layer of lemon juice on top.

Image Credit: Flickr/46137

Deodorize Cutting Boards

Rub the cut half of a lemon over a plastic or wooden cutting board to help sanitize it and remove persistent odors like garlic and onion.

Image Credit: Flickr/Emily Barney

Sanitize the Microwave

Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and add the juice and the rinds of a few lemons. Microwave for five minutes and then wipe down the microwave with a damp paper towel.

Image Credit: Flickr/Fubar61274

Set Them Afloat

Place slices of lemon in a bowl of water and float a votive candle on top.

Image Credit: Flickr/ehnmark

Infuse Seasonings

Add a hint of lemon flavor with homemade lemon-infused sea salt, pepper, or sugar. Combine lemon zest with sea salt (or pepper or sugar) in a mortar and use a pestle or your fingers to work the two ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.

Image Credit: Flickr/joyosity


Read Full Story

Sign up for the Best Bites by AOL newsletter to get the most delicious recipes and hottest food trends delivered straight to your inbox every day.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.