Harsh chemicals can really make cleaning an unpleasant chore – or more unpleasant than it already is. Using natural ingredients like lemons to clean your home will not only be less harsh on your hands and smell better, but you will know exactly what is in your cleaning solutions and eliminate possibly dangerous chemicals from your home. There are countless uses for lemons around your household, but we have picked our top eight favorite uses so check these out!
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Household Cleaning Uses For Lemons
Copper & Brass
- Using a little bit of lemon and a pinch of salt, you can easily clean surfaces like copper and brass. This is especially useful for cleaning the blackened and stubborn stains off of the bottom of pots and pans.
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- Who needs Windex when you have lemon? Just mix up some lemon juice and water and spray the solution on the windows and wipe clean. It works just as well and smells even better. Please fight the urge to lick your windows though.
- You can also use a halved lemon to clean hard water stains and mineral deposits off of glass and metal surfaces. Use the juice from a lemon on a cutting board stain by rubbing it in well and then letting it soak in for a while – preferably 12 hours or so. Once it is rinsed, the stains should come off relatively easily. Another thing lemons can do for cutting boards other than stain removal is to help kill germs. Lemons are great little warriors in the fight against the bacteria and germ buildup that is so common to cutting boards that are used often yet not cleaned often enough
Rust Removal & Bleaching Fabric
- You can remove rust stains from clothing using a mix of cream of tartar and lemon juice. All you have to do is mix those two ingredients together until it is like a paste then rub it into the rust stain and let it sit for about 30 minutes to an hour. Once you have let it soak in, simply rinse it and wash it like you normally would. This mixture is pretty harmless but if the garment is of significant value or delicate fabric, you may want to test it out on a less noticeable part of the fabric first just in case it does not react well to the paste
- Hot water and lemon juice come to the rescue once again when it comes to doing a little bit of bleaching. If you want to brighten up some pieces of clothing, all you have to do is soak the garments in the lemon juice and hot water mixture for an hour or more and then wash the items like you normally would. After washing, results come out best when you let the clothing dry off naturally in the sun. This is another technique that you may want to test first before trying since it can damage fragile fabrics or silk.
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- You can remove tough stains from your Tupperware and other plastic ware by soaking them in warm water and lemon. For extra tough stains, you can add a little baking soda to the mixture and scrub for a bit then rinse them dry.
- Tupperware and plastic smells can by eliminated by cleaning them with lemon as well.
- o Dishwashers can get dirty, too, believe it or not, so use some lemons to help clean it out if it starts getting a buildup of food or filmy substances that were baked on. What you should do is take a lemon half and scrub the unsightly spots and offending particles with it and then follow up by wiping it off with a damp rag. If particles are particularly difficult, you may want to give it time to soak after scrubbing with lemon and before trying to wipe it off.
- o Either with your dishwasher or when you manually clean items, you can add a little bit of lemon juice to the dish soap or detergent when working with extra greasy items. The acidity of the lemon will cut through the grease and make it easier to get off!
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- Refrigerator odors can be fought by simply leaving part of a lemon on a dish in the fridge.
- Food prep smells can be eliminated by rubbing lemon on your hands and rinsing or by making a warm water and lemon mixture to rinse your hands in. It smells great!
- Putting chopped up lemon pieces down your disposal along with some warm or hot water will rid the disposal of any nasty food odors as well as make your kitchen and surrounding area smell fresh and awesome.
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Stovetop, Oven & Microwave
- The stovetop is infamous for the buildup and baked on yuckiness that it gathers over time. Mix up a batch of warm water, baking soda and lemon to make a paste and let it soak into any spills or hard baked on items. After about 15-20 minutes, you should be able to wipe them off and rinse clean.
- The same method above works for things spilled and baked onto the surfaces and rungs of the oven.
- Stubborn, baked-on microwave stains and gross odors can be cleaned very easily using lemon juice and hot water. All you have to do is mix lemon juice and water in a container and put it in the microwave for about ten minutes. By the time you open the door, it will smell great, and you will simply be able to wipe off all of the stains and crumbs with ease.
Haven’t Had Enough?
If we have inspired you to be as big of a lemon fan as we are, our work here is done. As stated above, this is only eight of the many, many ways to clean with lemons. They are incredibly useful, and we encourage you to experiment and look up other ways to make them work for you!