Green Cleaning: Ways to Use Lemon
When life gives you lemons, clean with them! That’s our mantra when it comes to keeping our homes fresh and shining. Lemons are one of the greatest cleaning ingredients around. You may be surprised of how well a natural ingredient like lemons can clean, and how surprisingly effective they are. Lemons are a great eco-cleaning ingredient as they naturally contain: citric acid, that fights water spots and hard water film, D-Limonene – a powerful degreaser and solvent D-Limonene and essential lemon oil, which is an uplifting natural fragrance with antibacterial effect.
Favorite lemon hacks:
1. Shine up chrome fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom and on older model cars with lemon dipped in salt.
2. Remove rust stains from cotton and polyester fabrics: make a paste with lemon juice and cream of tartar, and rub it into the stain. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then wash as usual.
3. Sanitize earrings: place earrings in a saucer of lemon juice for 5 minutes to clean and sanitize.
4. Brighten clothes by soaking in 1/2 cup lemon juice per gallon of hot water, then wash as usual. Do not use lemon on silks and other delicate fabrics.
5. Cut a lemon in half, and dip the cut end in coarse salt. Use it to remove discoloration from brass. Be careful with antiques, and be sure to test a small spot before scrubbing the whole piece.
6. Freshen your fridge. Cut a lemon in half and place it inside the refrigerator. Leave it in there for about 30 minutes. That’ll do the trick!
7. Clean a cheese grater. Save sponges from getting shredded by wiping graters with a lemon before washing. It’ll loosen up any debris stuck in the small crevices.
8. Use as an air freshener: fill a pot with water, lemon rinds and your favorite combination of herbs, spices or extracts. Bring to a boil, then let simmer on the stove for an hour.
9. Clean grill grates. Turn the grill on high, then rub with the cut side of half a lemon. For extra abrasiveness, dip the lemon in salt first.
10. Remove rust: make a paste with lemon juice and salt to brighten up items that’ve been touched by rust.
11. Wash the windows. Skip the chemicals! Instead, combine water and lemon juice in a spray bottle to clean glass windows, mirrors and doors. (Using newspaper rather than paper towels is another excellent and economical trick for creating a streak-free shine!) I love lemons for their sweet scent and antiseptic properties, so save those leftover rinds and juice. A cleaner home is just a peel away.
Have you ever used lemons for cleaning? Please share your tips and tricks with me!