Wonderful cleaning ideas involving the humble lemon, even better if you have your own tree (ours is right by the paddock by the farmhouse!) -
Forget expensive detergents and cleaners and use lemons instead to keep your home shiny and fresh. We share some of the most common tried and tested household cleaning techniques making use of the humble, yellow citric fruit.
Being a natural, organic substance, lemon is an environmentally friendly cleaning agent which acts as an antioxidant. Lemon juice contains citric acid and there are all sorts of things around the home which lemon juice can help to clean.
Amongst many other things, lemon can be used to:
- dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits;
- clean and shine metals such as brass and copper;
- polish furniture and hardwood floors;
- disinfect kitchen work surfaces;
- clean the dishes.
People like using lemons as a cleaning resource because the smell of lemons is refreshing and invigorating. For many people, a lemon smell symbolises cleanliness. For this reason, most over-the-counter cleaners have a lemon scent in their cleaning products for consumers to get pleasure. The beauty of using fresh lemon juice is that you don’t need to rinse afterwards, unless you want to. This means you save water as well as reduce the number of chemical cleaners in your home!
As a dish cleaner
Lemon juice can be mixed with vinegar and / or baking soda to make cleaning pastes. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains.
As a disinfectant
Lemons can be used for their protective, germ-busting properties. Not only do lemons have a natural fresh fragrance (many conventional products add an artificial lemon smell to impart a ‘clean’ scent), but spray on sinks, chopping boards, tables and work surfaces to kill germs the natural way. Use this method instead of chemical cleaners to avoid the residue these often leave behind.