From tough stains to clogged drains, lemons are the cleaners you didn’t know you had. Take advantage of the surprising benefits of cleaning with lemon.
Cleaning With Lemon
The most versatile cleaning product in your day-to-day arsenal may not be a colored liquid in a spray bottle after all. And it’s probably right in your refrigerator. Lemons are an incredible natural cleaning agent that can help keep your home sparkling clean. Lemons, along with these simple, totally chemical-free ways to clean your home, should be in every cleaner’s arsenal.
Clean Brass and Copper
Sprinkle salt (any kind) on half of a lemon and start scrubbing. Antiques can be tricky, though — test this method on a small portion first to make sure you’re not causing any damage.
Steam Clean a Microwave
Put 3/4 cup of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice in your microwave. Heat for about three minutes or until it boils, then let it sit for ten minutes. Wipe down the inside and you’re done. No scrubbing necessary.
Remove Gunk From a Cheese Grater
Cleaning graters can be a daunting — not to mention dangerous — task. Run half a lemon down the side of the grater to remove food particles, then rinse with warm, soapy water. The utensil gets cleaned and your fingers stay uncut. You can use a lemon to clean grills the same way.
Use Lemons in Lieu of Bleach To Brighten Clothes
Soak cotton and polyester clothes in a lemon juice/water mixture (1/2 cup of juice per gallon of water) to bleach whites and brighten colors. Keep the clothes in for an hour or longer, depending on how much they need to be brightened, then dry them in the sun. You can also substitute a half cup of lemon juice for bleach when using a washing machine. Here are some more secret ingredients you should be adding to your laundry.
Keep Your Fridge Smelling Fresh
Leave a half lemon on a saucer in your fridge to keep foul odors at bay. These simple home items make great deodorizers, too.
Sanitize earrings and other jewelry in 1-1/2 cups of water and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Just don’t use this method with gold or pearls.
Deal With a Clogged Drain
If you pour half a box of baking soda and eight to 12 ounces of lemon juice down a drain, a chemical reaction will turn the ingredients into foam. Add boiling water to rinse out the foam and your clog disappears. Find out the most common cleaning myths you need to stop believing.
This article previously appeared at familyhandyman.com