18 Things You Can Clean With Lemon

18 Things You Can Clean With Lemon

High in citric acid with low pH and antibacterial properties, lemon juice is actually one of the best natural cleaners. They also smell fantastic, are inexpensive and easy to come by, and aren’t likely to damage any of the things you clean with it. So when life hands you lemons, start cleaning!

Just remember that after cleaning with lemon, you should always rinse with warm, soapy water and dry with a clean, dry cloth. And never use it on brass-plated fixtures because it’s one thing that lemon juice can actually damage.

Let’s start in the kitchen!

1.     The Microwave

Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl that’s half filled with water. Put the skins in there too and set the timer for 3–5 minutes. Let everything cool for about five minutes. The lemon oil in the skin will break down that greasy residue while the steam loosens the stuck on gunk for a super easy clean up.

2.     The Fridge

We all know that a box of baking soda in the fridge works as an odor neutralizer, but did you know that lemon will do the same thing? There are three ways you can do this. All of them work equally well, it’s just a matter of convenience and preference.

  • Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and place in a dish toward the back of the fridge.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a dish and set in the back of the fridge.
  • Cut a lemon in half and place them flesh-side-up on a dish in the back of the fridge

Change the lemon about once a week so you don’t add any new odors to your fridge and enjoy the fresh, clean scent!

3.     The Cutting Board

You can scour and deodorize your wooden cutting board with some coarse salt and a half lemon. Simply pour the coarse salt over the cutting board and use enough to cover it. Then use the lemon and some elbow grease to scrub it. As you scrub, you’ll notice that stains disappear. When your finished scrubbing, rinse well and dry it. Once it’s dry, you can use a dab of mineral or wood oil to protect the wood.

4.     The Cheese Grater

If you take your cheese grater out of the dishwasher and notice that that didn’t really get the job done, you can use a lemon to make it right. Simply cut a lemon in half and grate the lemon on the inside and outside of the grater.

The lemon oil in the skin and the juice from the flesh will cut the dairy fat and break down those stubborn, stuck-on proteins. It also spares your sponges from a slow and painful death-by-scrubbing.

5.     The Tea Kettle

Mix 1 oz. lemon juice to 2 cups water and pour it in your kettle. Bring it to boil and then let it cool. Dump out the mixture, rinse really well and your kettle should be nice, shiny and clean!

6.     The Garbage Disposal

When your finished cleaning these other items (or finished cooking!) you can give your lemons a second life as a disposal cleaner. When you’re finished, simply toss the remains into the disposal and turn it on. The lemon juice and oil will freshen and deodorize your disposal. Easy-peasy!

And now let’s venture into the bathroom!

7.     The Mirror and Other Glass Fixtures

Lemons are a great natural alternative to glass cleaners and you don’t even have to use vinegar! Simply put 3 tbsp. lemon juice into a spray bottle with about a cup of water. Shake it well and spray it on the glass. Wipe with a clean microfiber cloth for a spotless, streak-free shine.

8.     The Toilet

Tired of those nasty looking toilet rings? You don’t have to use harsh chemicals to get rid of them. All you need is lemon juice and coarse salt. Just take half a lemon and squeeze it into the bowl. Add some coarse salt, grab your scrubbing brush and put in some elbow grease.

For extra cleaning power, add some baking soda or borax. And if you never replaced your scrubbing brush or are just a braver soul, you can even pour the coarse salt directly on the lemon brush and use the lemon to scrub the rings away. To rinse, just flush!

9.     Soap Scum

Juice a lemon and pour it into a spray bottle on its own. Spray it directly onto the mildew and wipe with a clean, damp cloth. The acidity in the lemon means mildew doesn’t stand a chance. This is also a great way to clean your glass shower doors and even the tub!

10.  Faucets and Chrome Fixtures

Cut a lemon in half and use one of them to scrub your faucets and fixtures. It’s that easy! Work the fleshy part onto the fixture and make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies. The acidic juices cut through the grease and loosen mineral deposits. Simply wipe clean away with clean, dry microfiber cloth.

Other Things You Can Clean With Lemon 

  1. Lemon juice and an old toothbrush make a great grout cleaner.
  2. Scrub your grill with lemon juice and coarse salt
  3. Remove stains and odors from plastic storage containers by soaking in dilute lemon juice. Sprinkle baking soda and scrub once it’s finished soaking. Rinse and dry as usual.
  4. Mix lemon juice and cream of tartar to create a paste that will remove rust stains from cotton and polyester fabrics. Let the mixture sit for about half an hour and then wash as you usually would. You may want to test this before use!
  5. Brighten clothes by soaking them in hot water and lemon juice—about a half cup juice for each gallon of water. Wash as you usually would. This method works best if clothes are allowed to dry in the sun. Never use on silks or other delicate fabrics. As always, if you’re unsure, test it first!
  6. Add a few drops of lemon juice to your dish soap for particularly greasy dishes
  7. Use dilute lemon juice to eliminate strong food odors (like garlic or onions) from your fingers after cooking.
  8. Remove grease stains from clothing. Simply rub lemon juice into the stain and let it sit overnight. Wash as you usually would.

Always Use Fresh!

We always recommend that you use fresh lemons whenever possible. You can use the bottled stuff if that’s all you have on hand, but a lot of the value comes from the lemon skin, where the oil is contained. If you’re not sure whether you can use lemon on a certain item, you may want to test your solution in a small, inconspicuous area before treating the entire thing.

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