It’s always better for the home environment to use natural cleaners for any cleaning around the house. Did you know that there are many things that you can safely clean with lemon? Here are my favourite things you can clean with lemons and lemon juice.
Lemons have a fresh scent to them and many of us enjoy lemons in our morning water and in our daily cooking adventures. The good thing is that lemons are relatively well priced and easy to get a hold of at your local grocery store. Lemon is a good alternative for white vinegar because white vinegar could be difficult to come by in certain parts of the world.
Lemons are grease-cutting, fresh-smelling acidic yellow wonders that can be used to clean so many things in your home and are healthy for the gut as well. You should always feel good about the products that you choose to clean your home with, and if you’re going to look for zero-waste cleaning products, a lemon should be part of your cleaning caddy.
If you are going to clean with lemon, test a hidden spot first to ensure the lemon will not damage your belongings. Always rinse everything you wash with lemon with warm soapy water. Dry off everything you wash with a towel or microfiber cloth.
Do not clean natural stone counters, floors and more with lemon.
Do not clean anything that is brass plated with lemon.
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How To Clean With Lemon Around The House
Let’s start with how you can use lemons to clean the kitchen as that is where you will find lemons in the first place. Lemons are amazing grease cutters due to all of their acidic properties
Here are some items you can clean with lemons in your kitchen:
- Countertops: Do not use this on Natual Stone counters! Create an all-purpose cleaner with lemon peels and Vinegar. Here is the recipe for an amazing all-purpose cleaner. Keep in mind it takes a little bit of time for the cleaner to “brew” before it really begins to be an effective cleaning tool.
- Kitchen Sink: If you need to clean your kitchen sink, especially if it rusted or has limescale build-up, you can use a lemon to clear it right up. The acid from the lemon will eat up the rust and limescale. simply cut the lemon in half and rub it onto the troubled areas of your sink. To give your kitchen sink a deep clean, read this post.
- Windows: If you are looking for a natural way to clean windows, then look no further than a lemon cut in half. Simply rub the cut side of the lemon onto the window and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth or a paper towel.
- Microwave: Use a lemon to clean up the inside of a dirty microwave. Simply cut a lemon into two halves and squeeze out as much lemon juice as you can into a bowl of water. place the rest of the squeezed-out lemon into the bowl and place it inside the microwave. Set the timer on the microwave for 5 minutes and cook the bowl with lemon on high. Once the warming cycle is complete, use oven mitts to take the bowl out of the microwave, or allow the bowl to cool before removing it from the microwave and proceed to wipe down the interior of the microwave with a microfiber cloth. The lemon will make the microwave smell fresh and clean and the acid in the lemon will loosen up any stuck-on food inside the microwave which makes for an easier clean.
- Greasy Pyrex Baking Dish: Did you bake something grease in your pyrex baking dish? Sprinkle some salt onto the greasy dish and then use a lemon that has been cut in half to wipe away any grease. This works like magic. After all the grease has been scraped off with the lemon, simply wash the dish as usual with your favourite dish soap or throw it into the dishwasher for a disinfecting clean if you wish.
- Cheese Grater: sometimes cheese graters have stuck on cheese bits that don’t wash away in the dishwasher. If you have this problem, simply grate a cut-up lemon and let the lemon juice loosen up the bits of cheese that are stuck on.
- Wood Cutting Board: If you need to give your cutting board a deep clean, you can clean with lemon easily and effectively. The first thing you should do is sprinkle the wooden cutting board with salt and then proceed to scrub the salted surface with a cut-up lemon. You’ll notice any staining on the wooden cutting board will start to disappear. You can also feel good about disinfecting and deodorizing the cutting board with this method. You can finish the job by polishing the wooden cutting board with some mineral oil.
- Tea Kettle: Tea kettles can get some pretty yucky limescale build-up inside them and this is something that you can clean with lemon. Simply mix 1oz of lemon juice into 2 cups of water and pour the mixture into the kettle. Bring the kettle to a boil and let the water mixture cool. Rinse it out well and see your kettle shine.
- Garbage Disposal: If you have lemon peels that you no longer have use for (remember you can use them to make an all-purpose cleaner) and your garbage disposal is starting to get stinky and loud, then you can use some peels to fix this situation. Simply throw peels into the disposal and turn it on. This will deodorize the disposal and also clear out any bits of food that might be stuck inside. Never put your hands or fingers into the garbage disposal.
- Coffee Pot: Coffee pots tend to discolour fairly quickly and a weekly clean with lemon will help keep your coffee pot clean. Simply squeeze some lemon juice mixed with water into the coffee pot and swish it all around. You can use a cloth to wipe down the sides of the coffee pot and get rid of any discolouration.
- Fridge: You can keep your fridge fresh with lemon as well. You can use lemon or lemon juice to create a fresh smell in your refrigerator. Simply cut up a lemon in half and place it into a bowl, flesh up, in the fridge. To use lemon juice, simply add some lemon juice into a bowl and place it into the fridge, away from where it can be spilled. Lemon will soak up any odours and will provide a fresh clean smell.
- Copper Cookware: Your copper cookware can benefit from the lemon as well. Dip a half lemon into a bowl of salt or baking soda and then rub it over the copper surface to create a brighter, cleaner copper pot or pan. The lemon will dissolve any tarnish and the salt or baking soda will act as a mild abrasive to clean the tarnish away. Rinse it off with water and dry off with a towel.
- Plastic Storage Containers: Plastic storage containers get stained pretty quickly. To keep your plastic storage container looking new and clean mix 1tbsp of Baking Soda and a few drops of lemon juice until it makes a paste. Rub this paste all of the stains and wash it off.
If you have some lemons laying around and you need to clean the bathroom, there are a few applications you can put into practice.
- Soap Scum: In the shower or on the bathroom counters, soap scum can be a problem. Lemon juice can be applied directly to the soap scum with a cloth, or in a spray bottle. Just watch the soap scum get eaten by the acid in the lemon juice and you’ll have a clean shower and counter in no time at all. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth. You’re going to want to avoid doing this on natural stone.
- Glass Shower Doors: Glass shower doors can get pretty soap scummy too. For this cleaning trick, you’ll want to load up a spray bottle with lemon juice and spray the door liberally. Wipe it clean with a cloth and rinse with the showerhead if you can. Dry it off completely before calling it a job well done.
- Faucets: Faucets can get pretty yucky looking, especially if you have hard water in your town. Simply cut a lemon in half and use the fleshy part of it all over the faucet. Get into all the nooks and crannies and just watch the chrome, copper or brass faucet turn into a clean shiny thing.
- Mirrors: Washing windows and mirrors in your bathroom doesn’t have to be a huge chore. Simply add a few drop of lemon juice to a spray bottle and dilute the rest of the bottle with water, (1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 cups water) and spray the mirrors and windows. Wipe it off with a paper towel or microfiber cloth.
- Toilet Bowl: You don’t need toilet bowl cleaner to clean your toilet well, even if it has a yellow ring inside of it. Sprinkle salt into the toilet bowl and add a little bit of lemon juice directly into the bowl as well. Use the toilet brush to scrub it clean and wash then flush the toilet when you’ve finished. Don’t forget to clean the toilet brush.
Around The House
For other parts of the home that aren’t the bathroom and kitchen, here are some ways you can clean with lemon.
- Air Freshener: Fill a spray bottle with 75% water and 25% lemon juice and spray all over the home, making sure to hit the fabrics on the furniture. This will eliminate odours in the home naturally.
- Freshen Clothing: Dry some lemon peels and throw a few peels into each dresser drawer you have. This will leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean.
- Make Pot Pourri: Dry lemon peels and place them into bowls around the home to make homemade potpourri.
- Remove Smells Off Hands: If your hands are stinky from garlic or onion, simply rub some lemon juice onto your hands and wash them with soap. The smell will be gone!
- Berry Stains: If you’ve gotten some berry stains onto your hands, rub some lemon juice onto the stains and wash your hands as usual.
- Furniture Polish: Use 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice to make furniture polish. This will leave wooden furniture looking fresh and shiny and prevents it from drying out over time.
- Sweat Stains: If you have clothing with sweat stains, apply lemon to the affected area and then wash as you normally would.
- Freshen Fabrics: To freshen towels and other fabrics around the home, add a cup of lemon juice to a hot water cycle. Make sure that all the fabrics can be washed in hot water to avoid damaging your fabrics.
- Repel Insects: One of my favourite lemon applications around the home is repelling insects. Cup a lemon in half and rub it all over the door frames, top and bottom as well as all the air vents around the house to minimize the bugs that enter your home.
- Sanitize Earrings: If your earings are needing a good clean, place them into a bowl of lemon juice for a few minutes and then rinse off well with water. Lemon juice will sting the ears, so ensure the earrings are well cleaned before putting them back into the ear.
- Face Scrub: Clean your face with lemon by using lemon juice and 2tbsp of sugar to make a paste and rubbing it onto the face to leave it clean and fresh.
- Degrease Clothing: Rub the greasy stain on the clothing with half a fresh lemon and leave the solution to work overnight. Wash as usual.
- BBQ Grates: You can clean off BBQ grates by adding salt onto a half cup lemon and then rubbing the fleshy part of the lemon onto the grates. Rinse with water before grilling!
Frequently Asked Questions About Clean With Lemon
Are lemons good for cleaning?
Yes, lemon is very good for cleaning due to it’s acidic properties just like white vinegar.
Do lemons kill bacteria?
Yes lemons can kill bacteria, mold and germs, however it will not be as effective as a hospital grade cleaner or bleach,
Can you mix vinegar and lemon juice for cleaning?
Yes you can make a great degreaser with vinegar and lemon juice. Use 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of lemon juice to make an all purpose cleaner. Do not use on stone countertops.