Did you know you can use lemons to clean around your home. Lemons are naturally antibacterial, smell amazing and are kind to materials like fabric and wood. They also help get rid of water marks and traces of limes ale on taps, shower screens and draining Boards.
Caution – avoid using lemons on natural stone or anything that’s brass plated as the juice will damage them.
Here’s some of my favourite cleaning hacks!
Cleaning the microwave
If your microwave is greasy and smelly, here’s a quick and easy solution. Simply fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and place into the microwave. Add half a lemon into the bowl along with a cocktail stick (this prevents the water from boiling out of the bowl) and run on high for about 3-4 minutes. Once it is done, don’t open the door for a few minutes. The steam real eased inside will have softened any splatters and grease, making it easy to clean. This method is super effective and eco-friendly.
When was the last time you cleaned your blender? Cleaning your blender with lemons is really effective and quick. Simply fill half of the capacity with warm water, add a drop of dish soap and a lemon chopped into quarters. Run it for a minute and you’ll be blown away with how sparklingly clean it is afterwards.
If you have smelly or stained plastic containers then you’re gonna love this tip! Rub half a lemon over it and rinse in warm soapy water.
Sanitise wooden cutting boards
wooden cutting boards can get contaminated by cutting raw meat on them. To freshen and clean them, add a little salt and half a lemon and scrub after each use… this will also naturally disinfect the surface of the board
Deodorise your fridge
Once a week I cut a lemon in half and place on a saucer inside the fridge. This naturally deodorises your fridge and fights off bacteria.
I’m a huge fan of making my own eco cleaners, they are so easy to make, very effective and cost next to nothing. Simply gather some lemon and put them in a jar. Add vinegar to the brim and place in a dark place for two weeks. Strain the cleaner with a fine sieve and discard the peels in your compost. You now have an effective all-purpose cleaner ready for use at any time.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this tips, as you can see, lemons are very useful around the home.
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