7 Ways to Clean with Lemons

Lemons are a wonderful, non-toxic, all-natural way to clean all sorts of things around your house! There are so many things you can do with these acidic, fresh smelling fruits and we are going to show you how!

Lemons- a Natural Cleaner

Over the years, I have slowly switched over from buying store-bought cleaners (with lots of chemicals) to making all natural cleaners. We have already talked about how to make soft scrub, homemade dryer sheets, oxygen bleach, and our Miracle Cleaner. But today, we are talking about the versatility of lemons and just how powerful they can be when used as an acidic cleaner. Similar to vinegar, lemon can work as an all natural cleaner, but it smells way better!

Whether we are cleaning windows, bleaching clothes, sanitizing wooden cutting boards or removing hard water spots, fresh lemons and lemon juice will do the trick.

7 Ways to Clean with Fresh Lemon

Ok, guys, lets do it! Here are all the ways we love to clean with lemon!

1. Clean Your Microwave

Fill a microwave safe bowl with cold water. You want about 2 cups of water. Cut one fresh lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water. Add the two lemon halves into the water and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until the water is boiling. Let the bowl of lemony hot water sit in the microwave for 5 minutes more to let the steam work its magic. Remove the bowl and wipe microwave clean.

2. Clean Windows or Mirrors

Into a reusable glass spray bottle (this is our very favorite), add

  • 6 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice with
  • 1 cup of rubbing alcohol or cheap vodka

Replace the top and shake to combine. Spray onto mirrors or windows and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth (we use car shams and man do they work magically well! Highly recommend). While you can make a similar cleaner using vinegar but this one smells way better!

3. Clean Wooden Cutting Boards

If you love using an all natural, wooden cutting board, odds are you need to clean it. The best way to clean the porous surface of wood is to use something non-toxic that won’t ruin it. Using coarse salt (such as a sea salt or kosher salt), sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons onto your cutting board. Cut one lemon in half and use the cut side of the lemon to scrub the board. Once your board looks clean, let it sit with the lemon juice and salt for 5 minutes before rinsing clean and letting air dry.

4. Bleach Replacement in Laundry

Instead of using store bought bleach, use 1 cup of lemon juice instead.

5. Remove Hard Water Deposits

If your faucets or shower doors are looking dull and dingy thanks to hard water, try rubbing them down with the cut side of a lemon. The acid will help break down the buildup. Rinse clean with warm water, then shine using our favorite microfiber cloths.

6. Refresh the Garbage Disposal

Everyone knows how bad a garbage disposal can stink. Get it back to smelling fresh and clean using slices of fresh lemon! Slice your fresh lemon into 10-12 thin slices and grind them down the disposal 2-3 at a time. The lemon works as a natural deodorizer to remove the stench.

7. Remove Stains on Plastic

Everyone knows those tomato stains found on tupperware containers. While we always prefer storing our food in non-porous containers (like glass) we understand the convenience of plastic. When you get those stains on your plastic containers, create a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Rub this mixture on your stained containers and let sit overnight. Rinse and repeat if needed.

A Nontoxic Home with Lemon

While I know there are many other ways you can clean with fresh lemon all over the house, these are the ways we use the most. Lemons become the ultimate eco-friendly, inexpensive solution for a nontoxic home.

How do you clean with lemon? We’d love to hear the ways you use this nontoxic solution.

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