Lemons are a versatile, effective ingredient used many homemade cleaning products. This non-toxic alternative to traditional cleaners smells great and can be used in your kitchen, the bathroom, laundry room and even in your yard!
Clean Your Kitchen The Natural Way With Lemons!
Use Lemons To Remove Stains
A lemon cut in half or straight lemon juice acts as a mild bleach to remove stains from kitchen countertops (do not use on marble or granite), sinks and wooden cutting boards. Apply or rub directly on stain. Leave juice on stain until faded and repeat as necessary. For extra cleaning power, make a lemon/baking soda paste to scrub away those tough stains.
Use Lemons To Disinfect
Lemons can be used to keep germs at bay in your food prep area without worrying about toxic chemicals. Rub the cut side of a lemon on your cutting board after your clean it and leave overnight to keep it clean and spotless. Spray straight lemon juice to disinfect countertops, sinks and inside of your microwave.
Use Lemons To Clean And Shine
Clean and shine your brass and copper pots by cutting a lemon in half, sprinkling some salt on it and using it like a scouring pad on dull or stained areas. When you are finished, be sure to rinse thoroughly to prevent discoloration.
Use Lemons To Degrease
For messy stovetop spills, make a paste of lemon juice, water, and baking soda. Apply to spill and let sit 15 minutes. Scrub and rinse with water and a sponge. Repeat as necessary.
Make a basic degreaser by adding a 1/4 cup of lemon juice to a spray bottle and topping off with tap water. Shake well. Use around the kitchen to degrease countertops, kettles, stovetops, taps, handles and any other hard surface covered in grease and grime.
Place a half of lemon in a microwave safe bowl filled with cold water. Microwave until you see steam (approx. 3 minutes). Carefully remove the bowl and wipe interior of microwave with a damp microfiber cloth or sponge. The lemon steam will help loosen dirt and grime and leave behind a fresh, clean scent.
Use Lemons To Remove Limescale
Remove limescale from non-plated taps by rubbing with straight lemon juice. Let sit for several minutes, then rinse throughly.
To clean your coffeemaker, add about a 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the machine and top off with regular tap water. Run one cycle, then refill with plain cold tap water and run once more before using. For heavy deposits and for extra cleaning power, let the lemon solution sit in your machine for at least 15 min before running.