Cleaning with lemon: 10 tips for your kitchen

My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.

– Bette Midler

Did you know that lemon juice can be used to get rid of mould? How about that you can use a wedge of lemon to heal your body and clean your home?

Lemon is an amazing fruit. Its natural antimicrobial properties mean that it is an extremely effective household cleaner, and its lovely fresh scent means that you can use as much of it as you like without having to worry about a nasty chemical smell building up.

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Here are 10 ways that you can use lemon to get a clean, beautiful-smelling kitchen:

1. Fridge: get rid of lingering smells with ease. Wipe the walls of the fridge with a cloth covered in lemon juice to get rid of any stains or grease. Cut a lemon in half and leave in the bottom of the fridge overnight.

2. Creepy crawlies: for an easy homemade insect repellent, spray pure lemon juice around any places where bugs get in (windowsills, doors, any cracks etc.) .

3. Counters: for stubborn stains on your counters, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice directly onto the area and leave it for a few minutes. Wipe off, and voila!

4. Chopping boards: if you’ve been chopping garlic or onions or anything that smells, rub your fingers and the chopping board with lemon to get rid of any leftover odours after washing.

5. Dishwasher: as you know, these can get quite grimy after a while. To cut straight through dried-on food and lingering smells, simply cut a slice of lemon and rub over any nasty bits. Wipe the stains off with a damp cloth, then get rid of the extra bits with a dry cloth.

6. Oven top: mix lemon juice, water and baking soda until they’ve made a paste. Put the paste on top of the spills, and leave for 10-15 minutes, depending on how tough they are. Use a rough scourer to get the bits off, then rinse off any leftover paste with a wet sponge.

7. Microwave: it’s no secret that microwaves can start smelling a bit odd after a while. For a no-fuss smell-remover, simply chop up a lemon and put the slices in a microwaveable bowl of water. Microwave for 3 minutes, then wipe down the walls of the microwave with a lemon juice-covered cloth.

8. Wooden floor/hardwood furniture: mix 1 cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup lemon juice. Clean hardwood features simply by using a cloth to gently rub in the mixture.

9. Sink: cut a lemon in half, and rub all over the sink. Rinse away and repeat as necessary.

10.  Bins/waste disposal: place a few slices of lemon at the bottom of your bin to eliminate any particularly nasty aromas.

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Bonus tips

If you’ve got any leftover lemons, try these out on yourself:

1. Natural highlights: squeeze a cut lemon over the parts of your hair that you want to highlight. Sit out in the sun (wearing sunscreen!) until you’re happy with how it looks. We’d recommend 2 hours in the sun. Wash your hair as normal afterwards.

2. Facial cleanser: mix a teaspoon of squeezed lemon juice with a teaspoon of sugar. You’ve got yourself a facial scrub! Use this on your pores then rinse off with cool water. If you’ve got dry skin, this might not be the face wash for you, as lemon can be drying to skin.

3. Whiten your nails: cut up a lemon, and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Hold your nails in the juice for 10 minutes, then wash off the juice and apply moisturiser.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to put together this list:

– The chemical properties of lemon juice

45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off

How to get rid of the bad smell in the fridge?

All-natural ways to clean your kitchen

Clean Your Stove Top Naturally With This Easy Solution

10 Ways to Clean the Kitchen with Lemon Juice

Clean Your Microwave With Lemon

Lemon Juice Can Clean Sinks, Cheese Graters and Chopping Blocks

How to Highlight Your Hair With Lemons

How to Make a Lemon Face Cleanser

Home Remedies for Whitening Yellow Fingernails

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