When was the last time that you ventured out of your comfort zone and tried to make some organic and natural cleaning solutions for your home? If you just peeked into the refrigerator, you would have at least two awesome ingredients that double up as natural cleaners for almost everything in your home. One of the most inexpensive way of cleaning your home efficiently and effectively is by using natural alternatives. Did you know that you can clean your home with lemons at less than 10% of the cost of the chemical cleanser you buy?
You can clean almost everything at home with lemons. I have listed twenty ( there are more!) ways of using the awesome lemons to clean your home and more!
Clean your home with Lemons
1. Add one part of lemon juice with two parts of mineral water and store it in a spray bottle. Use it to clean glass tops and other smooth surfaces.
2. Stubborn cooking stains that won’t go away? Add the juice of half a lemon in warm water and let the vessel soak in it for about 30 minutes. Your cooking vessels will be sparkling clean when you wash it.
3. Dip half a lemon in salt and use it to sparkle your glassware. Rub it well and wash with warm water.
4. Squeeze the juice of one lemon onto a sponge and use it to wipe the shower doors to remove splashed soap residue. Not only will you have clean doors but also an awesome lemony fragrance in the bathroom.
5. Dip your old toothbrush in lemon juice to clean your sinks and get the dirt from the drains too.
6. If you use plastic cutlery that is stained, dilute lemon juice with warm water and a dash of baking soda. Let your cultery soak in the mix for a while and then scrub it clean.
7. If your hand is smelling of the food you just cooked, then rub your hands with half a lemon and a teaspoon of rock salt. Wash off with a mild soap.
8. If you use lemon essential oil, then mix a few drops of the oil with water to swap the floors. It will act like a disinfectant and spread a lingering aroma in your home.
9. If there is stubborn grease, add the juice of half a lemon to loosen it and clean the area.
10. Lemon juice can work as a gentle replacement for the bleach you may use when you wash the clothes. Add half a cup of lemon juice diluted in hot water in the final rinse cycle. It can help brighten whites when you dry them in the sun.
11. Alright, this is also mentioned in the manuals that most us tend to miss. You can use lemons to clean your microwave from the odours. Just add half a lemon to bowl of water and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Let the doors remain closed for 5 minutes at least and then leave the doors open for a few minutes and clean the surfaces with a damp cloth.
12. Got stained chopping boards? Soak it in warm water with the juice of one lemon. It will not just clean the chopping boards but also kill the germs and disinfect it.
13. Lemon helps remove odours. Keep half a lemon in your refrigerator to combat odours and change it once a week.
14. Run out of shoe polish? Apply a bit of lemon juice with a rag cloth to your black or tan colour leather shoes and buff as usual. Your shoes will shine like new.
15. You can make your own furniture polish by mixing one part of lemon juice with olive oil. Dab onto a piece of rag and clean your furniture with it. Avoid storing this solution and make it in fresh quantities as required.
16. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil in the diffuser and burn to indulge in some natural aromatherapy at home.
17. Mix one teaspoon of olive oil with the juice of a lemon and half a teaspoon of sugar to make a natural foot scrub or hand scrub.
18. Mix one portion of lemon juice with two portions of water and add a teaspoon of vinegar to it to clean mirror and windows.
19. Use half a lemon to clean the water and shower faucets in the bathroom.
20. Keep half a lemon in the garbage can to keep strong odours at bay.
Lemons are your natural alternatives for green cleaning. It also deodorises and disinfects as it cleans and you’ll love the fragrance it leaves behind. While I prefer using the juice of fresh lemons, I also have lemon EO that I use when I am running short of lemons. Lemons are a cheaper and a green alternative. You know what the best part is? You are not exposing your family to harmful toxins and chemicals!
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