We all like to keep a clean home but a lot of the products we buy to assist us with cleaning have got some pretty scary chemicals in them. There are alternatives out there and a lot of the time the natural solutions are much cheaper, in addition to smelling nicer and being better for the environment and our families.
A bag of lemons (500g) will cost £1, whereas a can of furniture polish will cost £1.50 for 250ml. OK that’s not much of a difference in price on the face of it, but consider that you can make multiple products out of the bag of lemons but you can only use the furniture polish for one thing.
Here are just 10 ways you can use lemons to clean your home. Let me know in the comments if you have any more lemon based cleaning tips!
- Rather than bleaching clothes to get rid of stains, put a cup of lemon juice in the washer. It will remove stains and leave a lemon fresh scent rather than nasty bleachy smell
- Use a lemon cut in half to clean your bathroom, the lemon will cut right through any hard water deposits and leave the room sparkly and smelling fresh
- To give a wooden chopping block a deep clean – sprinkle some coarse salt on the block, use half a lemon to scour the block (squeezing slightly to release the lemon juice as you go). After scouring the block, scrape off the salt and lemon juice, allow the block to dry for a few minutes then wipe with a damp cloth.
- To clean your microwave, pop in a bowl of water with half a lemon in it, switch the microwave on for 5 minutes and it will get rid of any persistent smells
- Half a lemon sprinkled with salt will also work wonders on dirty brass or copper
- To make your own furniture polish – combine 100ml olive oil and 50ml of lemon juice, put it into a clean squirty bottle and use as you would normally use furniture polish
- To make a multi-purpose cleaner for your home – mix the juice from 1 lemon, ½ a cup of white vinegar, 2tbsp of baking soda into 1lt of hot water. Once the baking soda has dissolved, you will have a bottle of lovely fresh smelling, natural multi-purpose cleaner
- Lemon peals kept in your fridge or at the bottom of your bin will help keep away bad smells
- Lemon rinds can be used in place of abrasive products to clean chrome and stainless steel
- To clean plastic containers and get rid of the smells of foods previously stored in them – soak them in a mix of equal parts of lemon juice and water
So to summarise – lemons are awesome 😀