Say goodbye to harsh chemicals. From tough stains to clogged drains – lemons are the cleaners you didn’t know you needed. This great smelling all-purpose all-star is a natural disinfectant that can help you keep your home clean, fresh and sparkling.
1. Wooden Cutting Boards
Is your wooden cutting board stained or smelly? Simply sprinkle some salt on the board and then scrub it with the cut side of half a lemon. Rinse – and repeat when needed.
Smelly odors coming out every time you open the doors? Cut a lemon in half, place it inside your refrigerator and leave it in there for about 30 minutes. That’ll do the trick.
Place a lemon peel or lemon wedge on the top rack of your dishwasher or in the cutlery department, and run a normal cycle. The lemon will freshen the load – and leave your dishes perfectly sparkly and shiny!
4. Coffee Makers
Mineral deposits from water can clog your coffee maker – and even make your beverages taste funky. Clean away the minerals by adding one cup of lemon juice along with one cup of water to the water reservoir. Run a complete cycle, and then another with plain water.
5. White Fabrics
Soak cotton and polyester clothes in a mixture of lemon juice and water, to bleach and brighten up your whites. Keep your clothes in for about an hour, then dry them in the sun. Or alternatively, add a half cup of lemon juice with your laundry detergent in your washing machine, and wash as usual.
6. Taps & Bathroom Fittings
Among the most complex and annoying tasks inside the house; keeping the taps bright and shiny. Not only are they difficult to reach, but also the limescale buildup is back in no time. Luckily a lemon makes it super easy and quick. Rub half a cut lemon over the stains, leave it for 10-15 minutes and rinse. Make sure to wipe dry afterward.
Remove crusty, caked-on-gunk from your microwave in no time. Simply microwave a bowl of water and fresh lemon juice for 3 to 5 minutes. Wait another 5 minutes before opening the door – and now you can easily wipe clean the microwave.
8. Cheese Grater
Cleaning graters can be a daunting – and dangerous – task. Instead, dip your half cut lemon into a bowl of salt and then scrub the grater. Then rinse with warm water. The grater is cleaned, and your fingers stayed uncut.
9. Toilet Bowl
Does your toilet bowl have that nasty scrum ring around? All you need is a lemon and some salt to get rid of it. Squeeze half a lemon into the bowl, sprinkle in some salt, and use your toilet brush to give it a good scrub. It works like a charm!
10. Air Freshener
Lemons don’t just mask bad odors – they get rid of them. If you want your house to smell like you’ve been cleaning for hours, fill a pot with water and lemon peels. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer on the stove for about an hour.
When life gives you lemons, clean that dirty grout. The natural acidity in lemons is great for tackling any dirt, stubborn stains, and discoloration in grout & tiles. Spray some lemon juice on the area, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then start scrubbing.
Nobody likes to be bugged. Spiders, ants, fleas, cockroaches – they’re all very sensitive to smell. By squirting lemon juice or leaving strips of lemon peel on windowsills, door thresholds, and along baseboards you can keep these insects from entering.
Don’t let a dirty bathtub keep you from enjoying a bath. Cleaning a bathtub can be easy and quick – just sprinkle some salt all over the tub and rub it in with the cut side of a lemon. Wait 15-30 minutes before rinsing it with warm water.
14. Windows & Mirrors
Save your windows from streaks. Combine some water and lemon juice in a spray bottle. Stir and shake the bottle before spraying the mixture to windows and mirrors. Then wipe down – and hello, sparkly windows.
Doing the dishes by hand? Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your soapy dishwater to tackle extra-greasy dishes.
Rust is always a pain to remove. But if you have a little bit of lemon juice and salt, you can create a paste that takes it out pretty well. The acidity of the lemon juice reacts with the rust to soften and dissolve deposits.
Fill an oven-safe baking tray with water and lemon juice, and bake it for at least 30 minutes at 250 degrees. After the oven has cooled down, remove the dish and sponge any remaining grime and grease from the oven. Buildup begone!
18. Sweat Stains
Add one part lemon juice and one part water in a spray bottle and give it a good shake. Then, spritz the mixture on the underarm of the shirt until the stained area is soaked. Gently rub the lemon juice into the fabric and the stain will start to lift.
19. Wooden Furniture
You can make your own natural wood furniture polish by mixing 2 parts of olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. Now apply the mixture with a cloth to your wooden tables and chairs. Note: try on a small out-of-the-way section first to confirm that it won’t stain.
Instead of using hard chemicals, use lemon to clean your floor. Simply scrub your floorboards with a mixture of 1 part lemon juice, 1 part vinegar, and 2 parts water.
Sink water not going down? Pour half a box of baking soda down the drain, and immediately follow with 8 to 12 ounces of lemon juice. Now watch the fizz! Once the fizzing has slowed, rinse the drain thoroughly with hot water, followed by cold water a minute later.
22. Tea Kettle
Simply mix 1 cup of lemon juice to 2 cups of water, and pour that into your kettle. Bring it to a boil and then let it cool. Empty the kettle, give it a good rinse, and voila: your kettle will be shiny and clean once again.
23. Soap Scum
To remove soap scum, cut a lemon in half and rub it on all scummy surfaces – or simply mix some lemon juice in a spray bottle and spritz it around. Let the lemon juice sit for a minute and then wipe clean using a damp cloth.
Get rid of unwanted stains and dirt on your countertop. Squeeze some lemon juice on it, and use the lemon itself like a sponge to rub it in. Let the juice sit until the stain disappears (but no more than 5 minutes).
It can be tough to clean the nooks and crannies of a blender – but there’s a solution. Fill the blender halfway with water, a drop of dishwashing soap, and a chopped lemon, and run the machine for about a minute. Ta-da, your blender will be sparkling again.
Sprinkle some salt on the cut side of the lemon and rub it all over your copper, aluminium, or brass kitchenware. Rinse well and dry. This’ll remove tarnished spots in a jiff.
27. Plastic Containers
Trying to get rid of those stubborn red tomato sauce stains on your plastic food container? Rub some lemon juice on the stained area, and let it sit for about 15 minutes (preferably outside in the sun) before rinsing.
28. Grill Grates
Turn the grill on high, then rub the grates with the cut side of a half lemon. But be careful – it’ll get hot so work quickly. Tip: for the rough spots, dip the lemon in salt first.
29. Garbage Disposal
Lemons and garbage disposals get along quite well together. By grinding up ice cubes, a handful of salt, and some lemon peels you will clean your garbage disposal, and make it smell lemony fresh.