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At Green Cleaning Hacks, we’re huge fans of natural cleaning ingredients already available in most homes. One such ingredient is lemons. While white vinegar usually gets all the attention in green cleaning circles, lemon is the real superstar. With higher acid levels, lemon and lemon juice can cut through grease and grime in no time.
Learn how to make your own All Natural DIY Lemon Cleaning Products at home to get the same cleaning power as store-bought cleaners at a fraction of the cost. And you get to control what goes in them, so you know they’re completely all natural and safe for use around your home, children, and pets.
For more ways to use lemons to clean your home, check out the following:
Cleaning with Lemons
You may be wondering how well a natural ingredient like lemons can clean, but they are actually surprisingly effective. Lemons are a great green cleaning ingredient because they naturally contain:
- Citric Acid – a mild acid that fights water spots and hard water film.
- D-Limonene – a powerful degreaser and solvent.
- Lemon Oil – a uplifting natural fragrance and antibacterial disinfectant.
All of this adds up to a pretty spectacular way to clean your home – no dangerous chemicals and affordable, since lemons and store-bought juice are both super cheap.
Easy DIY Lemon Cleaning Products That Will Transform Your Home
FRESH LEMON MICROWAVE CLEANER
Put about 1/2 cup of water in a small, microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup. Slice a lemon in half, and add it to the water. Microwave the lemon water for 3 minutes until the liquid comes to a boil, then let it stand for 5 minutes.
Open the door of the microwave, remove the cup (or bowl) – be careful, it may still be hot, and wipe down the sides of the microwave with a cleaning cloth or sponge. All the stuck-on food should lift right up, and your microwave with smell fresh and clean!
From Green Cleaning Hacks
From Hoosier Homemade
LEMON WOOD BUTTER
After you use this lemon cutting board cleaning hack to scrub, disinfect, and remove stubborn stains from your wood cutting boards, condition them with Lemon Wood Butter to help keep cutting boards and other wooden kitchen tools in top shape for years to come!
LEMON HAND SCRUB
Mix 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, and the juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons). Use the mixture to soften skin and scrub dirt and food prep odors like garlic and onions from hands and fingernails.
From Sarah Blooms
From Bren Did
REUSABLE DUSTING CLOTHS
These reusable dusting cloths get their cleaning power from lemon peels, which contain lemon oil, a powerful degreaser and disinfectant.
From The Kitchn
LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER
From Mom 4 Real
NATURAL COPPER + METAL POLISH
To clean and polish copper, stainless steel, and metal kitchen tools, dip half a cut lemon in coarse salt, and use it to scrub your dirty, tarnished cookware.
For stubborn stains, make a paste with lemon juice and salt (just squeeze the juice out of the lemon), spread the paste in your cookware, and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes to loosen stuck-on messes. Scrub with a sponge, rinse well, and buff dry with a soft cloth.
From Green Cleaning Hacks
No need to use dangerous chemical bleach to whiten laundry when lemon works just as well!
For more all natural ways to whiten laundry, see 8 Safe, Natural + Effective Ways to Whiten Laundry.
GARBAGE DISPOSAL REFRESHERS
When your garbage disposal is smelling less-than-fresh, pop a few of refresher tabs in the disposal to scrub it clean almost effortlessly!
From Pop Sugar
Nix odors instantly with this refreshing stovetop potpourri.
For more ways to remove odors from your home, check out 17 Brilliant All Natural Home Scent Hacks.
Cut grease and grime with citrus infused vinegars that can be used on their own or as a base for other homemade cleaners.
From Bren Did
VEGGIE WASH SPRAY
Add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to 8 oz. water, shake to combine, and spray on fruits and veggies to remove pesticides and wax. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse clean with cold water.
Mix 1 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide in a large bowl or bucket. Mix well, then funnel into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture all over your toilet, and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub the toilet bowl with a toilet brush, and wipe the rest of the toilet with a cleaning cloth or paper towels. To remove tough stains, let the mixture sit in the toilet bowl for another 30 minutes to 1 hour, then flush.
Lemon is a wonderful degreaser making it the perfect base for homemade dishwasher detergent.
PRO TIP: Boost your dishwasher’s cleaning power by adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to fight grease in the wash cycle.
From Bren Did
These All Natural DIY Lemon Cleaning Products will help you knock out dirt, dust, and grime in no time!
What do you think of these Natural DIY Lemon Cleaning Products? Do you think you’ll try any of these recipes? What are some of your favorite uses for lemon? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
For more ways to clean your home with ingredients you probably already have in your home, check out the following: