There are a ton of cleaning products on the market, and you’ll notice that many of them include lemon on their labels. There is a reason for this. Citrus fruit, particularly lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that disinfects, breaks down grime and smells amazing. The good news is that you can get all of the benefits of lemon as a cleanser without all the harsh, unsafe chemicals that come in store-bought cleaners. Coupled with another powerful and natural cleaner such as baking soda, lemon can get rid of soap scum, hard water and mold, as well.
Here are ten ways to clean with lemon:
1. Clean and freshen your garbage disposal by cutting up a lemon, running the hot water and then running the disposal.
2. Use a half of a lemon to clean your silver. For extra kick, dip the fruit half in salt to clean even better.
3. Coffee pot full of coffee and hard water stains? Cut a lemon into quarters and drop in the pot with a few ice cubes and a teaspoon of salt. Swirl it all around vigorously for a couple minutes, dump out and wash and rinse as usual. The pot will be sparkling clean!
4. Microwave stinky and grimy? Cut a lemon into slices and place in a bowl of water. Put the bowl in the microwave and turn it on for about a minute. When its done, take the bowl out (carefully) and wipe down. The combination of the lemon and the steam will disinfect, loosen grime and get rid of unpleasant odors.
5. Create a natural cleaning scrub by combining lemon juice and borax into a thick, wet paste. Use it with an old toothbrush or other scrubbing brush to clean tiles, around faucets and anywhere else you find built-up dirt and grime.
6. Freshen your drain with baking soda followed up by hot lemon juice. No more stinky drains!
7. A few tablespoons of lemon juice with a half-gallon of water makes an effective window cleaner, no streaks and no chemicals!
8. Sanitize your cutting board by squeezing or spraying lemon juice on it and letting it soak for several minutes. Lemon juice has antibacterial properties which makes it great for cleaning surfaces that you prepare food on, without leaving a chemical residue.
9. Mix water and lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray down your shower and bathtub. The high acidic content dissolves soap scum and cleans the surface. For stubborn grime, use the cleansing paste.
10. Clean your dishwasher by pouring a half cup of lemon juice in the bottom and running the rinse cycle.
There you have it! 10 ways to clean with lemons. Don’t forget that borax, baking soda and vinegar are also great, natural cleaners. Not only are they better for your home, family and environment, they are also better for your wallet!