Lemons are good for us, we know that much, but did you also know that they can be used for a multitude of other purposes around the home? With their amazing germ busting properties, and ability to eliminate odors, lemons can be used to safely clean many items and areas in your home, and without the use of chemicals, you can get your home safely clean, too.
Here are just 5 of the many ways that the natural power of lemons can be used for house cleaning and keep your home clean and smelling citrus fresh:
- Spotless utensils and cutlery
To get your cutlery and other eating utensils hygienically clean without leaving a bad taste in your mouth, simply wipe them with half a lemon and then rinse them off.
- Hygienically clean cutting boards
Raw meat and other foods can leave nasty and harmful bacteria on cutting boards, and they can leave unsightly stains, too. If you rub half a cut lemon onto the boards and leave them overnight, you’ll find that the bacteria are eliminated, and the stains have disappeared. Be sure to thoroughly wash the lemon off the next morning to prevent it from tainting the food. This can also be done to clean your grill or barbecue.
- Eliminate microwave odors
Take a cup and fill it to ¾ with water before adding a few teaspoons of lemon juice. Pop the cup inside the microwave and heat it up until it boils. Leave the cup sitting inside for at least 10 minutes, and then hey presto, all odors have been destroyed!
- Get plastic containers spotlessly clean
Many of us use plastic containers to store leftover food items in, but they can become stained and retain odors easily. To prevent this, soak your containers in water with lemon juice and baking soda added. Give them a quick rub and a rinse, and they should be returned to their previous good condition.
- Disinfect trash cans and/or garbage disposal units
Prepare a litre of hot water and add half a cup of lemon juice, before pouring the mixture into the trash can or garbage disposal. While it will make it smell much fresher and eliminate germs, if mixed with baking soda, it will also help to unclog pipes.
And here’s a couple of bonus lemony tips…get rid of refrigerator pongs by placing half a lemon inside and changing it weekly and eliminate long lasting smells by rubbing half a lemon into your hands after handling fish or other smelly food items.
Many professional cleaning companies use natural products to clean their customers home, so, if you haven’t yet hired a cleaner because you don’t like chemicals being used, don’t let this deter you.