Homemade Clean with Lemons
Lemons are increasing in their popularity for use as a very good cleaning agent in the home. Whether in the form of essential oil or used freshly cut and raw, there is something about the scent of lemon that screams fresh and clean. The oil of the lemon, which is very abundant in the skin, is actually a pretty good disinfectant for the home. Lemon is versatile. There is no one way to use it in a cleaning regimen. Below is a list I have gathered for some of the best uses of lemon around the web.
In The Kitchen:
Disinfectant: Combined with vinegar and used full strength, lemon becomes a germ’s worst enemy. Fill a container with lemon peels and saturate then in vinegar. Cover and steep for 4-6 weeks. The lemon oils in the peels will transfer over to the vinegar and form a dream team of clean. Use full strength on yucky and kitchen surfaces like the toilet and meat cutting boards
Grease Cutter: Because they contain citric acid, lemons cut through grease with ease. Add a few drops of lemon juice to your dish soap to increase its grease-fighting power, or mix ½ cup vinegar with the juice of two lemons in a spray bottle for an easy grease-fighting solution. For grease stains on clothing, rub lemon juice into the stain and let sit overnight before washing as normal.
Copper Cleaner: Remove tarnish from copper pots or discolored brass by rubbing the surface with half a lemon. Another method: Mix ¼ cup salt with the juice of a lemon, rub over surface, then let sit for five to 10 minutes before buffing with a clean cloth. Always test a small spot first.
Garbage Disposal Cleaner: Banish odors from your garbage disposal by tossing a lemon in and turning it on. If your garbage disposal has a hard time handling large items, chop the lemon into pieces first.
Cutting Board Freshener: Disinfect and deodorize cutting boards by rubbing a cut lemon over the surface. Let the juice dry, then wipe clean with water.
Microwave Cleaner: Fill a small mason jar or a bowl with lemon peels and water and put it in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Carefully remove and wipe the microwave clean with a damp cloth. Smells really good.
In The Bathroom:
Hard Water Stain Remover: Rub half a cut lemon over hard water stains and soap buildup in the sink or tub. Dip the lemon in coarse salt beforehand to give it extra scrubbing power. Lemons are also helpful at descaling teapots and removing hard water stains from other appliances that hold water, such as coffeepots. To descale a teapot, boil lemon wedges inside the pot, then let the water sit for a few hours before rinsing out. You can also fill the teapot with diluted lemon juice and let sit for a few hours.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Mix a 1/2 cup of borax with a half cup of lemon juice for a powerful toilet cleaner that will leave the commode smelling extra clean.
In the Laundry Room:
White Brightener: A natural bleaching agent, lemons can help you achieve whiter whites in the laundry room. Just add ½ cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle. An added bonus—your clothes will smell citrus-fresh!
Stain Remover: Rub lemon juice on your clothing stains before laundering. Works good on ring around the collar too.
All Around the House:
Glass Cleaner: Mix 4 tablespoons of lemon juice with a half gallon of water for a cleaner that leaves windows and mirrors sparkling.
Furniture Polish: Combine 1 cup of hot water, the juice of half a lemon and a tbsp of olive oil it a spray bottle and spray lightly on your dust rag. In larger volumes and with a little oil based soap added, this would also a worthy hardwood floor cleaner.
Dust Rags: Make good use of lemon, vinegar and the surviving partners of your lost socks by using this awesome recipe from www.hellonatural.com