May 23

5 Tips for Cleaning With Lemons

If you want a truly green cleaning solution try cleaning with lemons! Lemons have antiseptic and antibacterial properties and they smell great making them an ideal cleaning agent. They wont harm wood or fabrics either like some store bought cleaning agents.

Here are 5 tips to get you started cleaning with lemons :)

1. Metal Cleaning

Brass, copper and chrome can be cleaned with a half lemon and salt. This doesn’t apply to brass plated items so take care and clean a spot first. Your stainless steel sink can also be cleaned with half a lemon and wiped down

2. Use as a Kitchen Cleaner

With its acidic properties lemon juice attacks grease making it great for use in the kitchen. Straight lemon juice can be used to remove grease, mix 1 part lemon juice/ 1 part water in a bottle as an all purpose kitchen cleaner.

Chopping boards can be disinfected with lemon juice, countertops can be cleaned and even limescale and mildew can be attacked by leaving lemon juice to act on the area for a while. Clean your microwave by adding a lemon slice to a bowl of water and heating for 5 mins. Leave to cool for 5-10 mins then wipe clean :)

3. Use on Clothing

Mildew and rust can be removed from clothing by treating with lemon juice and leaving out in the sun. When whites start to fade add half a cup of lemon juice to your laundry to revive them. You can also try soaking clothes in lemon juice and warm water to brighten them.

4. Mirror/ Glass Cleaner

Vinegar can be used with water as an all purpose cleaner but with its acidic properties and fresh smell lemon can make a great alternative. You could add lemon to your vinegar cleaner to improve the smell too. These cleaners should be suitable for mirrors and glass. Just mix 2tsp lemon juice with 1/2 gallon water.

5. Other Ideas

Soak earrings in lemon juice to disinfect, put a slice of lemon in your fridge to improve odour, use a dilute lemon solution as a hair conditioner, dip a cloth/ sponge in diluted lemon juice and clean dishes, wash hands with lemon juice after handling foods with bad odours.

I hope you enjoyed these tips, lemons are great for cleaning and much cheaper than commercial cleaning products too :)

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