While we usually look to lemons as something to juice for lemonade or add to our meals we prepare, the truth is that lemons are a powerful cleaning agent. You can save money by replacing most cleaners with a little lemon.
Lemon juice contains a lot of acid, which makes it one of the best cleaners due to its low pH and antibacterial properties. They also smell great and usually do not cause damage on surfaces.
Here is a list of ways you can use citrus to clean your home.
Around the house
You can make furniture polish with ½ cup lemon juice and 1 cup olive oil. This mixture can also be used to shine wooden floors.
Use to keep your fridge smelling fresh buy having a lemon half, which is similar to a box of baking soda.
Is the inside of your microwave covered on splattered food? Clean your microwave by placing a half lemon in a bowl of water and cooking on high for three minutes. Simply wipe down the microwave afterwards, and it will smell fresh.
Clean Glass surfaces
Just like furniture polish, glass cleaner can also be used with lemons.
Mix 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with ½ cup of rubbing alcohol. Pour into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Add water to fill. Use this mixture to clean glass and mirrors and to disinfect kitchen counters and other grimy surfaces.
Lemon-fresh laundry tips
Replace your Bleach with Lemon juice and baking soda, your clothes will come out looking white!
Scrub underarm stains with equal parts lemon juice and water.
Use straight lemon juice for ink stains, preferably as soon as they happen, then wash garment in cold water.
Get rid of mildew or rust stains on clothes with a paste of lemon juice and salt, then let dry in sunlight. Repeat until it’s gone.
Clean Shower Doors
Cutting through hard water deposits is easy with lemon juice. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it over your glass shower doors to remove gunk and build-up. Rinse with warm water.
Deodorize and clean your Dishwasher
Notice that your dishwasher has a funky smell to it? Add one cup of lemon juice to a coffee cup or other dishwasher safe container and put on the bottom rack in the dishwasher. Run the rinse cycle. Once done, you will notice the smell is gone and your dishwasher will be clean too!
Have a little dried cheese you can’t get off the grater? Grab a recently juiced lemon, a little coarse salt, and get to scrubbing. You can also add it to your water for a fresh scent!
Clean and remove stains from plastic containers.
Ever wonder how to get rid of the stains in your plastic container? Rub a lemon over the inside of the container, or rinse it with lemon juice to help remove stains and smells.
While this is just a list, there are also many other benefits to using lemon juice as a household cleaner. Such as, polishing brass, polish cutlery, sink faucets, cleaning your toilet bowl, eliminate the smell of food on your fingers from preparing and much more!