Lemons are so handy to keep in the kitchen! You can cook with them, preserve them, zest them, and even clean with them! They can be a handheld scrubber, acting as a mild natural disinfectant that can really help with your spring cleaning. Here are 6 ways to use lemons to clean your home!
Clean Your Microwave
It is so easy to overlook the microwave when it comes to cleaning! However, you can simply clean your microwave with a lemon.
To do this, you should place some water and fresh lemon juice, or lemon rinds, into the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes. The water should just start to boil. Wait for another 5 minutes before you open the door, so the steam can work to clean the gunk on the walls.
Remove the bowl from the microwave and wipe down the inside walls to remove all residue.
Clean Wooden Cutting Boards
Not many people realize how many germs and gunk wooden cutting boards hold if not cleaned properly. You really should clean your wooden cutting board often, and lemons can help to disinfect the surface.
To clean, sprinkle some salt onto the cutting board, slice a lemon in half and use the cut side of the lemon to scrub the board. Rinse and repeat these steps if you need to. The cutting board will smell fresh and ready to use. This method also works well to removes odours, such as garlic, from a cutting board.
Remove Stains From Containers
Plastic containers stain so easily, and these stains can often seem impossible to remove. Tomato-based meals such as spaghetti and curry can leave some horrid stains!
You are able to remove these stains with lemon. Rub some fresh lemon juice onto the stain and leave to soak for around 15 minutes. Rinse under cold water. Repeat these steps if you need to.
Polish Dull Furniture
Instead of buying pricey furniture polish from the store, you can make your own at home. Combine 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts of olive oil. Use a soft cloth to apply this mix to wooden tables and chairs.
You just need to be careful with this – as various wooden items have different finishes. Try out the polish on a small section of the wood to see that it will not leave a stain.
Use Lemon In The Dishwasher
Give the dishwasher some help with a little bit of lemon juice. Fill a container that is dishwasher safe with lemon juice, set it on the top rack, and run the dishwasher as normal. This will give you clean, shiny plates that look brand new.
Freshen Up The Fridge
Fridges can hold some nasty odours. To combat these odours, cut a lemon in half and sit it on a shelf in the fridge. Leave it for 30 minutes to bring a citrusy fresh smell. If your fridge has some bad odours, it might be time to declutter and empty out any old food.
These 6 ways to use lemons to clean your home will really help keeping everything fresh and sparkling!