Did you know that the juices of a lemon can be excellent for cleaning? Whether you’re cleaning a cutting board or your garbage disposal, you’ll love having a bag of lemons on hand. It’s a great way to clean and sanitize without using harsh chemicals… a definite win if you’re trying to use more green or natural cleaners in your home. Let’s take a closer look at how to clean with lemons.
How to Clean With Lemons: 7 Ideas to Try
If you have a large cutting board that is too big to go in the sink, you can get it clean by using a mixture of salt and lemon juice. Sprinkle the board with salt and then use half of a lemon to scrub the board. This is great if you cut fruit, vegetables, bread, and cheese on your board. If you cut meat, you should consider something stronger than lemon juice and salt.
Clean Out the Garbage Disposal
Is there an odor in your kitchen that you can’t seem to find? Chances are the smell is coming from your garbage disposal. Cut a lemon into wedges and feed it down the drain. If you’re worried about your line backing up, you can pour lemon juice down the drain instead.
Tackle That Nasty Microwave
Why is the microwave something that no one wants to clean? If you hate cleaning the microwave, pour lemon juice into a bowl and heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then wipe the microwave out with a damp cloth. The steam from the lemon juice will have loosened any stuck on food. You can also dip your rag into the lemon juice to clean any stubborn areas.
Grease can be a problem in your kitchen, especially on your stove top. Create a paste using lemon juice and salt and use it to scrub areas covered in grease. The two will work together to break down grease so that it is easier to clean up.
Get Out Stubborn Stains
Lemon juice can also be used to remove grease stains from clothing. The acid in the lemon juice works to break up the grease. However, you should not use this method on delicate or colorfast fabrics.
Lemon juice can even be used to remove tarnish from copper, brass, and chrome. Again, you’ll want to create a paste using lemon juice and salt. Cover the metal in the paste and allow to set for 10 minutes. Once you’ve rinsed away the mixture, buff to shine.
Last, but not least, you can mix one-part lemon juice to ten parts water to create a streak-free glass cleaner. If you want, you can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil to scent the cleaner. Use the cleaner on windows, mirrors, and other glass pieces in your home. You’ll want to keep a spray bottle or two around to make your homemade lemon cleaner. However, if you add essential oils to your lemon cleaner, you’ll want to use glass spray bottles instead.
Lemons aren’t just for flavor. There are so many ways you can learn how to clean with lemons to get a naturally clean home. Whether you want streak-free windows or want to remove grease from your kitchen, you can do it with lemons.
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