Green Home Hacks: Cleaning with Lemons


When life hands you lemons…clean! Avoiding the chemical cocktail that makes up most commercial cleaners has numerous benefits, whether you have a home full of kids and pets, or you’re just looking out for Mother Nature and your own well-being,. All-natural cleaning methods are both inexpensive and safe, and lemons are one of the most versatile ingredients. Its natural acidity works wonders at stain removal, and that lemony fresh scent is an added bonus. So here are 15 green home hacks for cleaning with lemons!

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1. Lemon Gel Air Freshener

Lemon Gel Air Freshener

Find instructions on how to make this exclusive to The Good Stuff lemon gel air freshener DIY here!

2. Scrub Hardware

Scrub HardwareSource: Broccoli Cupcake

A dose of lemon on hardware, such as a shower knobs, is very effective at removing stains. Simply rub, rinse, and watch the water marks disappear.

3. Unstain the Microwave

unstain microwaveSource: Tablespoon

To tackle splatters and drips, squeeze the juice of one lemon into a microwave safe bowl full of water. MIcrowave on high for 5-10 minutes, then rub down the inside with a soft cloth to remove all stains.

4. Clean Glass

Clean GlassSource: Ask Anna

For smudge-free glass with a refreshing odor, mix lemon juice, rubbing alcohol, and water in a spray bottle. Simply spritz it onto windows and mirrors and wipe away with a cloth.

5. Create Garbage Disposal Tablets

Create Garbage Disposal TabletsSource: Bits & Giggles

Get rid of the grimy smell in your drain with these easy-to-make tablets. Place cut-up cubes of lemon (and lime if you like) into muffin or brownie tins, and add white vinegar. Freeze, then run through the garbage disposal to freshen it up.

6. Make Dust Cloths

Make Dust ClothsSource: Apartment Therapy

These all-natural dust cloths are made from water, vinegar, and olive oil. Soak rags in the liquid mixture, then store with lemon rinds folded in. You can clean and resoak so you always have them on hand.

7. Polish Wood

Polish WoodSource: Healthy Blender Recipes

Mix 1 cup of olive oil with ½ cup of lemon juice for quick and easy wood polish. To use, simply rub it onto furniture with a soft cloth.

8. Scrub Copper

clean copperSource: Mother Earth Living

Make your own brillo pad by dipping a cut lemon half into salt, forming a thick abrasive crust. Scrub the salty area onto the copper, re-dipping the lemon as needed.

9. Cleanse Cutting Boards

Cleanse Cutting BoardsSource: Country Living

A similar approach works for getting grime off of cutting boards. Pour salt all over a board, then rub a halved lemon on it. Scrape up the salt and lemon, rinse, and allow to dry.

10. Make All-Purpose Cleaner

all purpose cleanerSources: Sprouting Seed and One Good Thing by Jillee

Instead of stocking up on dozens of chemical cleaners, clean any surface of the home with these natural but effective substitutes. To make, mix water, vinegar, and lemon essential oil (purchased or homemade). Or soak lemon peels in vinegar for two weeks, strain peels out of the vinegar, and add water.

11. Do the Dishes

Do the DishesSource: Tried and True

Since you’re eating off of the surface it cleans, a dish soap without dubious ingredients is a must. To make your own, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 6 tablespoons of water to Castille soap.

12. Clean the Coffee Maker

Clean the Coffee MakerSource: Hubpages

Run a mixture of lemon juice and water through your coffee maker, once or a couple times depending on how dirty your machine is, to cleanse all of its inner mechanisms. You can also wash the detachable parts in the same solution to remove any remaining oils.

13. Create Dishwasher Tablets

Create Dishwasher TabletsSource: The Makeshift Nest

Tablets are an efficient way to run the dishwasher, and you can make your own with a few simple ingredients. Just mix borax, washing soda, vinegar, and lemon juice concentrate, poor it into ice cube trays, and allow it to harden.

14. Make Bleach

bleachSource: Nourishing Joy

Citric acid will make your white whiter, acts as a mild disinfectant, and is a water softener. So adding lemon juice to a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water creates bleach that’s perfect for laundry.

15. Remove Rust Stains

rust stainsSource: Pantry Spa and Remedies and Herbs

To remove rust stains from kitchen cutlery, bathtubs, etc., make a paste of lemon juice and salt, apply it to the area, and scrub it off after off after a couple hours. To remove rust stains from clothing, soak the affected area in lemon juice for 10 minutes, then wash it away with detergent.

It’s time to dive into Spring Cleaning season yet again, but this year do your wallet and your well-being a favor by exploring all-natural and homemade products. Lemons and their juice are the starting point for an endless array of cleaners and techniques. So next time you’re at the grocery store, stock up on citrus and your home will be looking and smelling fresh in no time.