The Benefits of Lemons

Using lemons to clean your house is another way to make your home environmentally- friendly and save money at the same time. Lemons smell good, are readily available and have a multitude of uses. They are also effective against most household bacteria. You can buy big bags of lemons at most warehouse stores to stretch your dollar even further.

Some ways you can use lemons to clean your home:

  • Disinfect a wood chopping block or cutting board by rubbing a lemon slice across it – pour lemon juice straight on stubborn stains, let sit 10 minutes and wipe clean with water
  • Make a home made air freshener spritzer by dissolving 2 – 3 tablespoons baking soda in 2 cups hot water, add ¼ cup lemon juice, pour into spray bottle and spray into air
  • Make an air freshener by placing cut lemon slices in a bowl on your counter for a natural fresh smell; or place a few leftover lemon rinds in a pot of simmering water on the stove for a few hours to remove odors
  • Make a glass cleaner by mixing ½ cup lemon juice and 2 cups water in a spray bottle; you can also add ¼ tsp Murphy’s oil Soap
  • Remove hard water or rust stains – pour straight lemon juice on the stain, let it sit until the stain dissolves, rinse and repeat if necessary
  • Put a whole lemon peel down the garbage disposal to clean the disposal and freshen the whole kitchen
  • Mix 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and you have a natural furniture polish for wood – apply a thin coat with a soft cloth, let sit 5 minutes and buff with clean soft cloth (make a fresh batch each time you use it)
  • Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle with baking soda to clean surfaces, dishes and stains
  • Use lemon juice to clean and polish brass and copper
  • Dried lemon peels in a cheesecloth deter moths

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