Sparkling Clean Tuesday: Cleaning with lemons!

Hi friends,

I love lemons.  They smell great, taste great and are very versatile for cleaning.  Plus, an additional bonus, lemons are so inexpensive!  You can use lemon juice or regular lemons.  Here are some of my favourites:

– Diluted lemon juice not only cleans stains from cutting boards, but helps kill germs as well. Rub the juice full strength onto the stain and let sit until the stain fades. Can be left overnight, then rinsed well and dried.

– Use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub grout.

– Pour some lemon juice (I use about 1/2 cup) and salt (1/4 cup) into your toilet and scrub for a nice, fresh commode.

– Clean your microwave and remove odors. Place a cup 3/4 full of water with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice in the microwave. Heat to boiling. Leave the door closed for 10 minutes. Then just wipe away food particles with a clean cloth and dry.

– Scrub your BBQ grill or indoor grill with lemon juice and salt.  It’s much better for you than the chemical sprays that can leave behind residues that can get into your food.

– Soak plastic food storage containers in dilute lemon juice to remove stains and odors. Add baking soda and scrub, rinse and dry before putting away.

– Sanitize your garbage disposal. Pour a gallon of hot water mixed with a half cup of lemon juice down the drain. I blogged about this recently.  You can use lime too.

– Brighten your clothing by soaking clothes in a hot water and lemon juice mix (about a half cup per gallon of water) and then wash as normal. Works best if laundry is then dried in the sun, and the smell, yum!  Lemon juice should not be used on silks or other delicate fabrics. If you are uncertain, test a tiny area first.

– Add a few drops of lemon juice to your dish soap to boost degreasing ability.

– Remove odors from your refrigerator with a half lemon on a saucer. Change once a week.

If you have additional ideas, I would love to hear them!


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