Be it your kitchen, your bathroom, your clothes or many other items in your home, lemon is surely a jack of all trades.
Lemon has loads of health benefits, but this bright yellow citrus fruit can turn out to be your best friend when it comes to cleaning.
Naturally acidic in nature, lemon helps cut through the grime and also imparts a fresh smell to whatever it touches. It is also antibacterial in nature, which means you can keep your home germ-free without burning a hole in your pocket. Another brownie point for lemons!
If you are intrigued by the idea of saving money by replacing costly cleaning products with lemons, read on to learn several hacks to clean your home using lemons.
1. Stubborn microwave cleaning
If you’ve got food that’s hardened in your microwave oven, it can be tough to scrub off, but lemon juice makes that infinitely easier. Just mix up three tablespoons of lemon juice with 12 ounces of water into microwave safe bowl and heat it up for 5 minutes. The steam will loosen grease and dried-on bits of food. Now, use a cloth or sponge to easily wipe them up.
2. Freshen up the refrigerator
To remove odors from the refrigerator easily, all you need to do is dab a bit of lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it inside for several hours. The bad smell should then be eliminated.
3. Cleaner dishes & other kitchen items
If you want fresher, cleaner smelling dishes, place a half of a lemon into your dishwasher before running it. You can also add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your liquid dish soap for extra de-greasing power when hand washing dishes. When you have copper pots you need polished, rub a cloth soaked in lemon juice on them and then simply buff with a dry cloth to polish.
For wooden bowls and utensils that have started to smell despite being cleaned, simply rub them with a piece of lemon. Don’t rinse. The lemon will take away that odor as it dries. Cutting boards can get really stinky as you probably use one to cut things like onions, crush garlic, prepare fish and cut up raw and cooked meat. To sanitize it and get rid of smells, you can wash it in undiluted lemon juice.
You can make dull pots and pans sparkle, inside and out, by rubbing the cut side of half a lemon across them and then buff them with a soft cloth.
4. Make chrome faucets shine
You can remove the tarnish on chrome faucets and make them shine again by rubbing them with lemon juice and then drying them afterwards with a soft cloth.
5. Eliminate underarm stains
Underarm stains can be really tricky to get out, and who wants to pay a pricey laundry bill by taking clothing to the cleaners if you don’t have to? Not to mention all of those harsh chemicals that are bad for the environment and your health. Instead, use equal parts of water and lemon juice to scrub those stained areas on dresses, shirts or blouses. They’ll be just as good as new again, plus they’ll smell nice too.
6. Get your clothes cleaner
If your laundry detergent isn’t cleaning your clothes as thoroughly as you’d like, you can use lemon to give it a boost by pouring a cup of lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The juice offers natural bleaching action that will help remove mineral discolorations from cotton t-shirts and briefs and will also help get rid of stains while leaving your clothes smelling fresher. It works best on fabrics that can be washed in hot water.
7. Clean your toilet
Chemical toilet cleaners are some of the worst household cleaning products as they can contain dangerous fumes, and they’re extremely harsh. In fact, the cocktail of toxic chemicals in them are even more disgusting than some of the dirtiest toilet bowls. Instead, let the citric acid of lemon juice bind to minerals in the toilet bowl to make them easier to eliminate. It can also help diminish tough toilet stains left by hard water.
This formula designed just for toilet bowls, will take care of those rings and other tough areas of the toilet bowl to leave it sparkling clean while eliminate odors. Combine ¾ cup of borax with a ½ cup of white vinegar and a ½ cup of lemon juice right in your toilet bowl. Wish the water around inside of the bowl with a toilet brush to ensure the entire bowl is coated, and then allow it to sit for a few hours. Afterward, scrub the bowl and then flush the toilet to rinse.
8. Make your carpets smell fresher
To make your carpets or rugs smell fresher, mix up a couple tablespoons of lemon juice into a cup of baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture over your carpet or rug, allow it to sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum it up.
9. Removing mildew from clothes
Whether you left your clothes down in a moist basement, or tossed a damp shirt into a laundry basket and forgot about it, mildew can quickly set in. The good news is you don’t have to throw anything away, you can remove it by rubbing the mildewed area with a paste of salt and lemon juice. Ideally, you should dry it in the sun rather than your dryer. You may need to repeat this once or twice until it’s completely gone.