Thursday, February 23, 2012
Honestly I just stumbled upon cleaning with lemons lately. Each morning I am left with a wedge of lemon after squeezing the juice in my water and/or tea. I started out putting the wedge in the garbage disposal to freshen it up, but then I started wondering what else I could do with the leftover lemon wedge. One day I threw it in my sink and had the idea to use it to clean my dishes and sink. I used it in place of a sponge and soap to hand wash a few dishes and when I was done rubbed to lemon all over my sink. It worked wonders getting all of the dirt off and leaving behind a fresh smelling and sparkly sink and dishes. So, what else can you do with lemons for cleaning? First of all...how does it work? Lemons have a high acid content, which enables the fruit to work as a powerful antibacterial sanitizer that combats common household bacteria. It works great to kill germs, loosen up dirt and grease, and leave you with a fresh clean scent.
1. Put a small piece of lemon down your garbage disposal and turn it on
2. Wash your dishes with it. Just take a wedge or slice of a lemon and use it on your dishes as you would a sponge or cloth. Add some baking soda for a little extra cleaning power.
3. Polish your brass, copper, or chrome with half a lemon. You can dip the lemon in salt for a little extra scrubbing power.
4. Clean your windows. Mix a bit of lemon juice with some water and use to clean your windows.
5. Use lemon juice in your laundry. Simply add 1 tsp of lemon juice in your wash with your regular detergent. It will create a clean fresh scent while brightening your clothes.
6. Clean your shower. Squeeze a few lemons into a spray bottle and use to clean your bathtub or shower.
There you have it! Not a bad idea to have a spray bottle of fresh lemon juice on hand to clean up household messes. It is safe, cheap, and smells oh so nice! Do you have any tricks for using lemon as a cleaner?