10 ways to clean with lemons
Forget pricey toxic household cleaners, you have all you need to clean your home sitting in your fruit bowl – lemons. Full of natural acid, this zingy fruit is a powerful antibacterial sanitiser and antiseptic that can be used as a cleaning agent all around your home. Here's 10 ways to clean with lemons.
1) Deodorise your microwave
Microwaves are little boxes of bacteria with lingering smells from food that has been cooked or reheated. The best way to rid of smells in the microwave, and give it an antibacterial clean out, is to slice a lemon thinly and place the pieces in water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for one minute and let the lemon's antibacterial properties kill the bacteria lurking in your microwave. The heat also acts as a humidifier to loosen any icky, caked-on food. Afterwards, wipe the oven down with a damp cloth and you're done.
2) Nix soap scum in the shower
Instead of spraying chemical treatments on your shower tiles, screen and fixtures, try this homemade natural remedy: Juice six lemons and pour the contents into a spray bottle and spritz over shower surfaces. The citric acid will break down hard water deposits and dissolve filmy soap scum. Plus, the antibacterial and antiseptic properties will also sanitise your bathroom.
3) Wash your dishes
When you run out of washing up liquid, slice a lemon in half, sprinkle baking soda on top, and use the lemon half like a dish cloth to wash your dishes. The citric acid will cut through, loosen and then dissolve grease, giving your pots and pans a shiny glow. Oh, and your hands will smell lemony fresh too!
To deodorise your dishwasher, place a cup of lemon juice in the bottom of an emptied-out dishwasher, and then run the rinse cycle. The lemon will deodorise and disinfect the dishwasher.
4) Clean glass
To give your glass a natural clean, simply mix four tablespoons of lemon juice with eight cups of water. The powerful citric acid will dissolve dirt, grime and water stains, leaving your windows and glassware glistening and streak-free.
5) Sanitise a cutting board
Ewww, chopping boards are health hazards! Sanitise your kitchen cutting board by squeezing half a lemon over the top and letting the juice absorb for 10 minutes - this will soak into wood, but also works on plastic cutting boards. Watch as stains loosen, then kill any remaining bacteria by scrubbing the other half of the lemon all over the board.
6) Freshen your laundry
Combat the odours of work, school sport and everyday living and give your clothes a sweet scent by adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to your washing load, along with detergent.
7) Get rid of mould
Rid your home of mould by using a paste made from equal parts lemon juice and salt and scrub away mildew and mould from tiles and other surfaces.
8) Make metal all shiny and new
Want to polish your copper, brass and chrome the natural way? Put some elbow grease behind half a lemon and allow the acidic power to cut through grease and loosen mineral deposits, making them easier to wipe away.
9) Clean your drains
Clean your drains with lemon juice, especially if you have a septic system. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup or more of hot lemon juice. After a few minutes, rinse with hot water. Also, if you have a garbage disposal unit - toss lemon peels into it and grind these to help get rid of odours and keep it smelling fresh.
10) Clean with a natural cleanser
A combination of lemon juice and borax - mixed to the consistency of peanut butter - makes a powerful cleaner which is perfect for cleaning your bathroom, as well as hard-to-reach-places. Use the fresh-smelling cleanser with a toothbrush to scrub tiles, around drains as well as little nooks and crannies. NOTE, don't use borax in the kitchen (unless you thoroughly rinse it off) and keep it away from your little ones because it is toxic if swallowed.
This article was written for Lana Hallowes