Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Clean naturally with lemons

If the price of natural cleaning products makes you wince, do your natural home cleaning with lemon juice instead. Lemons are full of natural acid, this zingy fruit is a powerful antibacterial sanitiser and antiseptic that can be used as a cleaning agent all around your home. Here's 17 ways to clean with lemons.

Chopping boards: Diluted lemon juice not only cleans stains from cutting boards, but helps kill germs as well. Spruce up the cutting board by squeezing a lemon half over the top and letting the juice absorb for 10 minutes. It soaks into wood especially well, but this also works on plastic cutting boards. This will loosen stains. Next, kill bacteria by using the fruit to scrub the board. Rub the juice full strength onto the stain and let sit until the stain fades. Can be left overnight, then rinsed well and dried.

Plastic containers: Soak plastic food storage containers in dilute lemon juice to remove stains and odours. Add baking soda and scrub, rinse and dry. Great for tomato sauce stains in the containers.

Stove top spills: make a paste of baking soda and lemon juice. Apply it to the stove top spill and let the mix sit for a bit. Come back after 15 minutes and wipe off the paste with a wet sponge.

Laminate counter tops: Put a dilute solution of lemon juice in a spray bottle to clean laminate counter tops. Rinse with water and dry afterward.

Nice smelling fridge: Remove doors from your refrigerator with a half lemon on a saucer. Change once a week.

Sanitize and deodorise the microwave: The best way to get rid of smells in the microwave and give it an antibacterial clean out, is to slice a lemon thinly and place the pieces in water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for one minute (heat to boiling) and let the lemon's antibacterial properties kill the bacteria lurking in your microwave. The heat also acts as a humidifier to loosen any icky, caked-on food. Afterwards wipe the oven down with a damp cloth and you're done. 
Toilets: Cleaning with lemon juice and baking soda allows you to create your home cleaning scrub. Leave for 20 minutes. Brush the inside of the bowl when your return.

Tile grout: Use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub grout.

Unclog your drains: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup or more of hot lemon juice. After a few minutes, rinse with hot water.

Deodorize the Laundry: It doesn’t take much to combat the odours of the laundry. Adding just one teaspoon of lemon juice to the laundry along with detergent will provide a fresh clean scent to clothing. Works best if laundry is then dried in the sun. Lemon juice should not be used on silks or other delicate fabrics. If you are uncertain, test a tiny area first.

Rust stains on clothes: Remove rust stains from cotton and polyesters. Make a paste with lemon juice and cream of tarter and rub the mixture into the stain. Let the item sit for about a half hour and then wash as normal. Test on a rag or inside panel of the garment before use.

Grease stains on clothes: Remove grease stains from clothing. Rub lemon juice into the spot and let sit overnight and then wash as normal.

Remove mildew from clothes: pour lemon juice onto the mildew spots and then rub it with salt. Put it out in the sun for a couple of hours then wash it as normal in the washing machine.
Brass: This natural home cleaning method returns the pots' shine. Use a half lemon and salt to clean even the most heavily discoloured brass (real brass, not brass plated). Be careful with antiques. Always test a small spot before scrubbing away.

Put a Shine on Metal: Want to polish your copper, brass and chrome the natural way. Put some elbow grease behind half a lemon and allow the acidic power to cut through grease and loosen mineral deposits, making them easier to wipe away. For extra strength before scrubbing, dip the fruit half in salt, as it will help exfoliate the surface for added shine.

Rust spots: Mix lemon juice and salt. Leave the paste on rust spots for a bit and then wash off. Depending on the severity of the rust, repeat if required.

Windows: Pour about 25mls of lemon juice into a litre of water. For a stronger mix, add half a cup of white vinegar to the mix. The powerful citric acid dissolves dirt, grime and water stains, leaving your windows sparkling. 
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