Jul 242014

10 Ways to Clean With Lemons

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!

  97 Responses to “10 Ways to Clean With Lemons”

  1. Those are some great tips and some that I had no idea of. I usually use stinky chemicals to clean my microwave and I always have lemons and lemon juice, I am so going to try a few of these. Will save me a ton of money too.

  2. Awesome list! I knew lemons were great for eliminating some odors when used with baking soda, but didn’t realize all the other ways you can clean with it.

  3. Totally pinning and awesome tips using lemons to clean with 🙂

  4. These are such good tips! I’m going to have to try a few of these.

  5. I would have to pull the lemon out of my son;s mouth! He loves eating them! But it is always refreshing to see the natural ways we can get things clean, there are so many chemicals all around us, it is just not healthy for our home environment!

  6. These are great tips,I love lemons have not tried using them for cleaning windows I normally use Vinegar but I will give it a go.

  7. Great list. A few I do already and some I jotted down for later use. Love natural cleaning without all the harsh chemicals. Thank you!

  8. …when life gives you lemons. 🙂 This is a great list! I love the smell of lemons (and cleaning with vinegar doesn’t smell nearly as good)! I will share this with my mom, who is always looking for more natural ways to clean, too!

  9. Awesome cleaning tips! I especially love the one about cleaning out the disposal! mine stinks so bad some days! So this is awesome!

  10. Oooo – I’m going to use that coffee pot method if I can stomach the fresh scent. I used to love it, but then I went on the Master Cleanse with lemons, and I just can’t stop associating the scent with that awful diet.

  11. These are great tips. It amazes me what you can clean with lemon. When you think about it for more than a few seconds, though, it makes total sense. Lemon is acidic, so it just eats away at stains and crusty stuff. The best combo ever for natural cleaning is a half a lemon with sea salt on it. Just be careful not to scratch!

  12. These are some great ideas. I don’t think I have ever tried any of them.

  13. 🙂 nice! I am saving some cash on window cleaners for sure! 🙂

  14. I use lemon juice and salt to clean my skillet and pan bottoms. Shiny!

  15. I love the smell of lemons and I had no idea that you could clean the microwave with it. I am going to try this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I am going to test out a few of these I did not know about. We are buying a house that has so many windows it is crazy – especially when I suck at cleaning them. I can not wait to try the lemon trick for them (okay I can wait as there are a lot of windows but still excited!).

  17. We use water and lemon juice to clean the microwave. Run it long enough to steam and it cleans AND smells nice!

  18. I’ll have to try 10. Clean your dishwasher by pouring a half cup of lemon juice in the bottom and running the rinse cycle. That’s a great idea.

  19. I did not know that about the lemon and microwave. I need to stock up on some lemons.. they are so cheap and so helpful.

  20. These are some great ideas for ways to clean with lemons! I’ll have to try these out! 🙂

  21. Awesome tips. I never knew lemons were that useful

  22. Lemons are fantastic to clean with. I also love all the lemon scented cleaners as well.

  23. This is an awesome list with lots of great info, thanks for sharing!

  24. I like that it is environmentally friendly! good cleaning tips with lemons. I think I wrote about the lemons and microwave one too on my blog before.

    Thanks for sharing these 🙂

  25. These are such great tips. Not only do they help clean but everything smells good too!

  26. I did not realize that there were so many uses for lemon! I can’t wait to try some of these out.

  27. I love using lemon and vinegar for cleaning around the house. Less chemicals!

  28. The lemon in the microwave really works! Then I throw the lemon in the garbage disposal so it makes my sink smell fresh, too.

  29. I clean with lemons all the time. Especially my microwave, drains and cleaning rust around sink drains. I also have used lemon and baking soda to remove stains from clothing.

  30. Oh I am so using this for the microwave. Now I just need to get me some lemons!

  31. I love Lemons and your so right. They are amazing for cleaning. I make my own lemon oil furniture polish and so much more. Even lemons in Olive Oil is amazing for cooking. It is also wonderful to clean with lemon and it whitens your nails at the same time 🙂

  32. I use the salt and ice cubes in a coffee pot trick, but I never knew to use lemon slices as well! These tricks are neat and I will definitely try some of them out!

  33. I do 99% of my cleaning with either lemons or vinegar. They’re some of the best household staples.

  34. I love all those tips for cleaning with lemon. I have been trying to live a more ‘natural’ lifestyle which includes ditching harsh cleaners as much as possible.

  35. I like cleaning with fresh lemons. I like to put a chopped up lemon in my garbage disposal and turning it on for a minute or two. Lemons are little miracles. Great cleaning tips!

  36. I have been doing a lot with lemons lately. Eating. Cleaning. Cooking. Baking. Using essential oils. I have been experimenting with different types of recipes.

  37. I am going to try this on silver and the microwave. I did not know that lemon does help those.

  38. I use lemons and salt to clean my butcher blocks. It’s the only thing that gets rid of smells

  39. These are some great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  40. I need to try the drain trick. The baking soda and lemon sounds easy to do!

  41. I always use lemons to clean my silver. It works so well and it’s so simple!

  42. I’ve seen stuff like this on pinterest but have never tried it! These are great tips that I will definitely use!!

  43. Great ideas! I have used it in a mixture (different “recipe” from yours) to clean soap scum out of the tub and it works better than store bought cleaning products!

  44. I do use baking soda in the drain. I’m going to follow up with a lemon now too. 🙂

  45. Those are some awesome tips I have never thought of! I want to try it with my microwave!

  46. I had no clue you could use lemons for stains in the coffee pot. I am in awe… your list is awesome and I am bookmarking it. Thanks so much

  47. What a great list – how bad is it I had no idea about 1/2 of these! x

  48. That’s amazing! Most of these are new to me. I want to try cleaning my windows and dishwasher!

  49. I didn’t know that you could use lemon to clean your dishwasher. Definitely something to try.

  50. Lemons are the ultimate all natural cleaners. Just throw some salt on half a lemon, and you’ve got a fresh smelling scrubber.

  51. Lemons also help clean out your bodily systems. I drink fresh squeezed wedges in my drinks.

  52. I love these tips and LOVE using lemons. The smell alone is fantastic!

  53. These are awesome tips! Thanks for sharing these.

  54. I love to use lemons in my house. They smell so good and clean so well.

  55. How cool! I gotta do these with my lemons now 😀

  56. Lemons really do get rid of hard water stains! I love using them to scrub my tile! Gets everything out!

  57. Great post. I will definitely do this. Lemons are great!

  58. Great tips! I’m definitely going to try the lemon in the microwave trick!

  59. Number 8 is interesting. I didn’t realize you could do that!

  60. Thank you! I will have to try these out! I had no idea about most of those applications!

  61. Looks like I need to get more lemons this weekend!! ;p

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  62. I am going to have to try some of these out!!! Especially the dishwasher and the microwave that sounds so easy and some of my least favorite places to clean

  63. I learned about #3 when I was working at 7-11 that is how we cleaned all the coffee pots that we had.

  64. Lemons are also great for repelling bugs 🙂 Bugs hate citrus. These are all so great to know! Thanks for sharing!

  65. I love when I have leftover rinds for the disposal! And I’m a sucker for fresh lemons. Great tips

  66. I love that bright and fresh smell of lemons. They are so great to clean with!

  67. I always have a bowl of lemons in the house. They are just so diverse! These are great tips!

  68. Love using lemons to clean with, I use them to clean my toilet with baking soda and vinegar.

  69. Those are great tips to clean with lemon. I love the smell of lemon.

  70. Citrus is amazing for cleaning! I use vinegar and orange essential oil to clean just about everything in my house!

  71. Lemons are awesome for cleaning and makes the house smell great. I also used to put some lemon water on my face when I had acne and the antiseptic properties really helped clear it up.

  72. I love this list. I often recognize the smell of lemon as a cleaner – i love it!

  73. Love the smell of lemons, it makes everything smell so clean!

  74. Great tips! I love cleaning with natural products.

  75. What a great list! I love the smell of lemons and associate it with cleanliness too. I am glad to find more uses for them.

  76. I love cleaning with lemons! They give a great smell to the house.

  77. Can we just discuss how much I love lemons for cooking and cleaning?? So much so that I have my own indoor lemon tree that bears fruit year round!

  78. I love the garbage disposal trick!! I use lemon so much!!

  79. I didn’t realize that lemon was so versatile. I have definitely heard about using it to clean silver…I think this one goes way back as my grandparents did this. I myself have never tried it.

  80. I love how fresh a lemon smells. It’s great there are so many uses them.

  81. thanks for the suggestions, those are great. I am bookmarking this.

  82. Wow! I never you could do all of that with a lemon! Amazing!

  83. Love these tips, I have a bunch of my own with lemons as well. DIY tips and tricks are my favs.

  84. I love all of these tips. There’s nothing more refreshing smelling than a fresh lemon!

  85. Yep, I love using lemon in my garbage disposal. And it makes the house smell really good after its been ground up in there too!

  86. Lemon has so many uses. I tend to forget my cutting board.

  87. Lemons have so many great uses. Lemonade, weight loss, and now cleaning.

  88. I love cleaning with lemons. It makes everything so clean and smells so nice

  89. Great list of using lemons!! I love em! 🙂

  90. I absolutely love the smell of lemons, especially in cleaning products. I didn’t know some of this.

  91. I love lemon!…pretty handy as well…TFS, such an important note for mommies 🙂

  92. I love love love the smell of lemons! So fresh!

  93. Awesome ideas!! I’ll definitely have to try #9.