Published on May 21st, 2019
Lemons. They’re not just a zesty salad dressing. My nanna has been telling me for years about the cleaning power of lemons but it’s only recently that I’ve discovered what all of the fuss is about.
What makes lemon an effective cleaner?
Lemons effectively remove alkaline substances such as soap scum because of their high acidity level. This super fruit also has antibacterial properties, giving it impressive cleaning power. It can replace many chemical-laden cleaning products and do the job just as well. Best of all, the signature scent of lemon is fresh and invigorating, and will make your home smell phenomenal. From cutting boards to stopping smells in their tracks, lemons are the go-to for many home tasks. You don’t need to throw away the peel either after you’ve used lemons in your cooking. The peel on its own can be used for most of these tips. Here are my top 10 favourites.
1. Microwave Cleaning Magic
Cut up a whole lemon and place the pieces in a bowl of water. Pop the bowl in the microwave and heat until the microwave window steams up. Leave the bowl in there for 10 minutes, remove and then wipe down.
2. Wooden Cutting Boards
Sprinkle some coarse salt on the board and with half a lemon piece, scrub the board until clean.
3. Freshen Up the Garbage Bins
There’s nothing worse than a stinky bin in your home. Keep the rubbish fresh by placing cut up lemon peel in the bottom of the bin, before you put the bag in.
4. Brighten Up Your Bathroom
Use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub away stubborn bathroom grout. A little lemon juice on a cloth can also work wonders on the faucets and taps. Just put some lemon juice on the fixtures, and let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping down.
5. Make Your Windows Sparkle
Vinegar is great at cleaning windows, but lemon can be just as effective. Just a few tablespoons of lemon juice and water in a spray bottle will do the trick.
6. Tidy the toilet bowl
Place half a cup of lemon juice in the bowl and swish with a toilet bowl brush before flushing.
7. Freshen Up the Fridge
Sick of the icky odour every time you open the door? All you need to do is cut a lemon in half and place it inside the refrigerator. You can leave it in there for 30 minutes or longer. Some people swear by leaving half a lemon piece on the top shelf of their fridge at all times.
8. Keep Bugs at Bay
The citric acid in lemons can repel ants, so squeezing a little lemon on your windowsill and doors can stop ants from marching into your home.
9. Shine Your Kettle
Descaling your kettle just got a lot easier, especially if you’ve had it for a long time and haven’t thought to give its insides a clean. Just put half of the lemon into the bottom of the kettle, fill it halfway with water, boil it, pour out and then give the kettle a good rinse.
10. Clean Your Containers
Squeeze some lemon juice in the container, add a little bi-carb soda and rub with a lemon quarter. If the stain won’t budge, you may need to leave the lemon juice in the container for a few hours or even overnight before scrubbing.
Load up on lemons next time you’re at the shops and you’ve got a great, all-natural and effective cleaner ready to go!
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