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We have already covered all the great ways to use lemons and lemon juice to clean the kitchen. Now, we’re going to focus on the rest of the house. Lemons are such a cleaning powerhouse, we needed two articles just to cover all their uses! These Easy Ways to Use Lemons for Green Cleaning will have your home looking spotless with little time and effort!
Use fresh lemons or store-bought lemon juice – they both work just as well.
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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.
Using Lemon to Clean Your Home Naturally
SCRUB GROUT CLEAN
Use an old toothbrush dipped in lemon juice to scrub dirt, soap scum, and mildew from grout.
CLEAN + POLISH BRASS
Cut a lemon in half, and dip the cut end in coarse salt. Use it to remove discoloration from brass. Be careful with antiques, and be sure to test a small spot before scrubbing the whole piece.
FRESHEN YOUR TOILET BOWL
Pour 1/2 cup of lemon juice in the toilet bowl to neutralize bathroom odors and kill germs. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush, if desired. Let it sit for a few minutes before use.
MAKE CHROME SHINE
Shine up chrome fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom and on older model cars with lemon dipped in salt.
REMOVE RUST STAINS FROM LAUNDRY
To remove rust stains from cotton and polyester fabrics, make a paste with lemon juice and cream of tartar, and rub it into the stain. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then wash as usual.
Place earrings in a saucer of lemon juice for 5 minutes to clean and sanitize.
BRIGHTEN + WHITEN CLOTHES
Brighten clothes by soaking in 1/2 cup lemon juice per gallon of hot water, then wash as usual. Do not use lemon on silks and other delicate fabrics.
PRO TIP: Dry clothes in the sun for more whitening powder.
For more genius laundry tips, see 8 Safe, Natural, and Effective Ways to Whiten Laundry.
CLARIFY YOUR HAIR
Remove soap and styling product buildup from your hair by rinsing with lemon juice to leave hair softer and shinier.
Sprinkle baking soda in your drain followed by lemon juice. The foaming action will clear minor blockages.
For more ways to use baking soda for green cleaning, check out 60 Amazing Ways to Clean Your Home with Baking Soda.
CLEAN + CONDITION HANDS
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 odors from hands and fingernails.
From Sarah Blooms
NIX HARD WATER STAINS
Clean hard water stains on shower doors, bathtubs, and sinks with half a cut lemon. This works great for soap scum, too!
REMOVE GREASE STAINS
To remove grease stains from clothing, rub lemon juice on the spot, and let it sit overnight. Wash as normal.
SCRUB A MESSY GRILL
Use a cut lemon dipped in salt to scrub messy grill grates. Use your grill brush to remove tough stuck-on food.
PRO TIP: Scrub grill grates when they’re still a little warm, but be careful not to burn your hands.
CLEAN WINDOWS + MIRRORS
Put 4 tablespoons of lemon juice in a spray bottle filled with water, shake to combine, and use as a glass cleaner for a streak-free shine. This works as well as vinegar and smells much better.
These Easy Ways to Use Lemon for Green Cleaning will upgrade your cleaning routine tremendously. You’ll be amazed at how well lemon cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes your home – and you probably already have it on hand!
Do you like to use common household ingredients like lemon, baking soda, vinegar, and ketchup to clean your home? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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