Eight Terrific Ways to Use Lemon Around the House
We can all agree that lemon is a powerful fruit! The yellow-acidic fruit contains a multitude of antioxidants and vitamin C that are strong enough to combat inflammation, colds and even cancer. Aside from extensive health benefits, it’s also good for baking and adds intense flavor to drinks and food.
But did you know that lemons aren’t just good for your water and adding flavor to your recipes, but they are fantastic too in making your house clean? The citric acid in lemons does an amazing job in resolving grimy buildup, stains, plus it also has the ability to cut down funky smell, molds, and mildew.
We rounded up some terrific uses of lemon which you can incorporate in your daily cleaning rituals. Time to say goodbye to harsh and expensive chemicals and when life gives you a lemon...get up and start cleaning!
Bring Back the Shine on your Hardwood and Furnishings
Go on and make your own homemade natural polish by combining 1 half cup of lemon juice and one cup of olive oil. Put mixture in a spray bottle and mix well. Spray polish into your Microfiber Cloth and rub onto wood furnishings and hardwood.
Clean Wooden Boards
Give your favorite wood chopping board some spa treatment. Sprinkle salt on the chopping board, then using half a fresh lemon, scour the surface and squeeze gently to release some juice. Let it sit for a full five minutes and using a bench scraper, scrape the dirt and rinse with a clean damp cloth (or use our Wowables as a reusable solution!)
Get Rid of the Funky Smell in your Fridge
The majority of us prefer to use baking soda as our fridge deodorizer, but lemon is more effective. Grab some cotton balls, soak them in pure lemon juice and put them in the fridge. Make sure you change these cotton balls every week.
Remove Hard Water Stains
We know they're unattractive, but don’t worry they are completely harmless. To bring back the shine of your chrome faucets, rub them with lemon juice and dry them with Anti-Microbial Clean n’ Wipe Cloths. Your faucet will thank you afterwards.
Freshen up your Carpets
Do your carpet smells like mildew? Worry not! Mix half a cup of pure lemon juice into a cup of baking soda. Spread the mixture over your carpet, let it sit for ten minutes and vacuum the dirt and odor away.
Easy Way to Clean your Microwave
Aside from vinegar and baking soda, lemons are also proven to be effective in cleaning your microwave. Simply mix five tablespoons of lemon juice with one and a half cup of water into a microwave safe bowl and heat for five minutes. Leave the door closed for another 10 minutes then wipe the dirt with a clean cloth.
Descale your Favorite Kettle
Mineral deposits can lead to scaling and can effect the overall performance of your kettle. One easy solution is to mix ¼ cup of lemon juice with 1.5 cups of water and heat it up in your kettle. Leave it for a few minutes, discard the mixture, then rinse with water and dry with a towel. Your kettle should look shiny and fabulous.
Coffee Machine Cleaner
Over time, coffee machines get extremely dirty with mineral deposits and coffee granules that effect the performance and taste of your coffee. Lemon juice is an excellent and inexpensive cleaner for coffee machines. Simply, pour water and half cup of lemon juice into the coffee maker, then run a few cycles before brewing your favorite coffee again.
Bottom-line: you don’t need expensive and harsh chemicals for your daily cleaning. Just like vinegar and baking soda, lemons are very effective and inexpensive in cleaning & removing stubborn stains and dirt in your house.