When life gives you lemons, what can you do with them? Clean!
How to use Lemons to Clean your Home
The juice of a lemon is a natural sanitizer and can be used for cleaning in several areas of your home!
I had no idea there were so many ways to clean with lemons until I started looking into a more natural way to keep my house cleaner. We buy most of our cleaning products ready-made, but these uses for lemons have me thinking that we might mix up our own for spring cleaning this year.
Clean a Toilet with a Lemon
Combine the juice of one lemon with a quarter cup of vinegar and a half a cup of vinegar to create a cleaning paste. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the base of the toilet where the toilet meets the floor. Wipe away the paste with a wet cloth after scrubbing. This not only cleans around the base of the toilet, but also eliminates odors.
Clean a Wooden Cutting Board with a Lemon
Cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice of a lemon on the cutting board and sprinkle with some coarse salt. Scrub the cutting board with the cut lemon. The acid in the lemon’s juice will get into the grain of the wood to clear bacteria, and the salt acts as an abrasive element for deep cleaning. Rinse with hot water after cleaning.
Clean a Microwave with a Lemon
Lemon, water, a bowl and a dishcloth is all you need to clean your microwave with a lemon. I love that this is such a natural way to clean! Pour a cup of water in a bowl and slice a large lemon in half. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the water and drop both halves into the bowl. Place the bowl into the microwave and heat until boiling, about 3-3 1/2 minutes. Let the bowl stand in the microwave for an additional 4-5 minutes. The steam from the boiling lemon water will soften the caked on food inside for easier cleaning. Take the bowl out of the microwave and wipe your microwave clean.
Clean Faucets with a Lemon
Cut a lemon in half and rub the lemon on your chrome faucet to clear water stains. Finish by wiping down the faucet with a wet cloth.
Brighten Cloth Diapers with a Lemon
After washing cloth diapers as usual, squeeze the lemon juice on the white inner lining of the diaper while the diaper is still wet from the wash. Lay the diapers out in the sun to whiten.
Freshen a Garbage Disposal with a Lemon
Cut a lemon into 2 inch pieces and drop into the garbage disposal. Pour in a half a cup of vinegar. Turn on the garbage disposal for a few seconds, then rinse with water.
Clean a Bathroom Mirror with a Lemon
Milk the juice from one small lemon with a half-gallon of water in a spray bottle. Spray the mirror and wipe with a dry cloth.
Freshen a Dishwasher with a Lemon
Place a cup of lemon juice on the center of the bottom rack of the dishwasher and run the dishwasher on a hot cycle. Your dishwasher odor will be replaced with a lemon scent!
Clean Grout with a Lemon
Combine lemon juice and baking soda to create a runny paste. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the grout with the paste and let sit for about thirty minutes. Wipe clean with a wet cloth.
Cleaning with lemon is not only a great way to bring natural cleaners into your home, it also smells wonderful, and is an inexpensive way to clean!