Lemons are nature’s gift to a household. Lemon juice keeps prepared foods like guacamole and chopped lettuce fresh, acts as a disinfectant for cuts and scrapes and has numerous cleaning uses.
Keep your Cookware & Countertops Clean
Two easily stained surfaces in many kitchens are copper and marble. Copper oxidizes, giving way to frequent stains, and the porous nature of marble makes it hang onto grime. Tough stains on copper cookware and marble surfaces can be conquered with lemon and some salt. Dip half a lemon in table salt or sea salt and scrub away those tough stains fast. Stubborn counter top stains can be vanquished by simply squeezing a lemon over the stain, sprinkling a little baking soda on top and waiting a few minutes. Wipe away with a paper towel.
Lemony Fresh Laundry
Laundry odors and stains can be eliminated and replaced with a fresh lemon scent. Lemon carries a natural bleaching ability and can help lift rust spots and remove mineral discolorations. Just squeeze a few lemons and pour the juice in with your detergent.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
The antibacterial properties and low pH of lemon juice make it an excellent all-purpose cleaner. Simply mix lemon juice with a little vinegar and water in a spray bottle. The solution can be used for your entire household, including porcelain surfaces, living room furniture, doorknobs and computer monitors.
Adding half a cup of the mixture to your dishwasher detergent will give an additional boost to get plates, bowls and silverware extra clean. Spray on tile or wood floors and wipe away with a Swiffer.
Beat Tough Fabric Stains
You can save money and skip the dry cleaner the next time you’re dealing with stains on white linens and non-washable fabrics. All you need are lemons and sunshine. Simply squeeze lemon juice on the stains and let them dry in the sun. It’s no coincidence that they are both round, bright, and yellow!