“If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But believe it or not, there is a much wider range of uses you can find for lemons, one of them is cleaning. Lemon juice is naturally acidic, which makes it a great cleaning agent. Now let’s see how you can use lemons for cleaning.
You can use half of a lemon to clean your cutting boards and butcher blocks from stains. You will only need to sprinkle some salt on the board or block and rub it with the lemon (pulp side down). The lemon doesn’t even have to be fresh, you will only need to use a bit of elbow grease to squeeze the rest of its juices. After that, let the board or block sit for a bit, then scrape everything off and rinse. You can use the same method for polishing your copper pots. You may have considered trying baking soda, but that might permanently damage the surface of the pots while salt is a lot more gentle.
Surprisingly enough, you can clean your microwave with a lemon! No scraping or scrubbing is required. You will only need to squeeze some lemon juice into a microwave-safe jar or bowl, add some water and the lemon halves into the bowl as well, and microwave for 2-3 minutes. When the liquid comes to a boil, let it sit in the microwave for another 5-6 minutes. After, you can take out the bowl and wipe your microwave clean. If there are any super stubborn spots that won’t come off, dip your cloth into the lemon water and use it to scrub those.
If you want to have an eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner, lemons are there to help you. Simply fill in a jar halfway through with lemon peels (or other citrus peels), which might take you a couple of weeks. When it’s halfway full, fill up the jar with white vinegar. Close it up and put it away for two weeks or so. After, sift through the lemon peels and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Now you can use that liquid as any other all-purpose cleaner!
Lemons have a very fresh, pleasant smell. You can make use of that to deodorize your sink disposal. After cleaning up your sink (which you can once again do with lemon halves and salt), throw the lemon halves into the disposal one by one and turn on the disposal. Rinse with water afterward, and you will be left with a freshly-smelling sink.
Other than that, you can deodorize stinky plastic containers with lemon. Simply cut the lemon in half or use already cut and squeezed lemon halves and rub them inside and out if the container. Rinse afterward and let dry. You can also deodorize carpet with lemons but you can’t clean it with lemons. For that you need to call a Tampa carpet cleaner.
There really isn’t much you can’t clean with lemons.