Lemons are great for use in the kitchen, as they enhance the flavor of a meal, add a little extra something to a glass of tea or even just make everything smell a little better. But many people are not aware that lemons can be used for more than just-food.
The lemons, like vinegar, have properties to clean and disinfect a whole bunch of stuff around the house. The best part linked to the cleaning ability of the lemon is that every its part can be used (the peel, lemon juice, or pulp).
What makes lemons good cleaners?
Everyone knows that the lemons are pretty sour, due to the citric acid. They are quite acidic — more acidic than orange juice and black coffee, and this is the key to their effectiveness as cleaning agents.
Although many types of soaps are alkaline (do not contain acids), acids have the ability to dissolve impurities and are quite useful when it comes to cleaning. They successfully eliminate stains caused by other acids and can also be combined with alkaline compounds to create strong chemical reactions, so they are able to:
– Remove stains
– Lemons are antibacterial, and
– Neutralize odors.
Here are 12 ways how you can use lemon for purposes other than food
The smell of lemon kills the most unpleasant odors, including those that come from your garbage collection. Fill an ice bucket with a mixture of water and vinegar (8: 1) and add a small piece of lemon zest to each slot. Freeze the mixture and then throw the frozen cubes on the garbage, including the tool you used.
There are several ways to remove stains from hard water, but using lemon is probably the easiest and most effective solution. The procedure is simple – cut the lemon in half and rub the cut side over the stain and let it stand for a few minutes. Then rinse with warm water.
Wooden cutting boards
A wooden cutting board cannot be cleaned like other dishes, as it requires a really great way of cleaning and disinfecting the board. Sprinkle a little coarse salt on a board and take a lemon and cut it in half and use the cut part of the lemon to clean the plate. The board coated in this way should sit for 5 minutes, and then scrape the board with a bench scraper. After scraping, rinse the plate with warm water and allow it to air dry.
School food packaging utensils can be cleaned of stubborn stains using lemon, by squeezing lemon juice into the bowl and sprinkling a little baking soda. Rub the bowl with the sliced side of the lemon to bring in the juice and soda, then finish rinsing the bowl with water.
Cleaning the microwave is not difficult but it is still the responsibility of every housewife. The quickest way to solve this is to cut the lemon in half and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl of lemon in the microwave for 5 minutes, then take it out and wipe the inside of the microwave. Wipe each part of the microwave in detail.
For anyone who has pets, one of the concerns is the condition of their carpets in the house, because children or other people need to walk safely on your carpet and do not have to inhale the unpleasant smell of carpets. This problem can be solved in less than half an hour if you use dried lemon peel. Use them in combination with baking soda in a jar with a shaker top. Sprinkle the mixture on the carpet and leave for 20 minutes, then clean with a vacuum.
For people who do not like the smell of vinegar, they can replace it with an equally effective product with a more pleasant smell.
Fill half the jar with pieces of lemon peel, then pour warm vinegar over them and close the jar lid leaving it to stand for 24 hours. Finish by pouring the mixture through cake felt to remove the lemon zest. Now vinegar spray can be used for cleansing but with a lemon scent.
Keeping white clothes white is a common routine in every home, but it requires the use of bleach that is full of chemicals. When you want to stop using these chemicals, put a cup of lemon juice in the laundry during the rinsing cycle and dry your clothes in the sun and they should end up as bright as when they were new.
Stainless steel cleaners are quite expensive, so you can replace them with lemon by cutting the lemon in half and removing fingerprints and other stains from the stainless steel with one half. If you are not satisfied with the cleaning, you can use a combination of lemon and baking soda and clean and polish your stainless steel.
Mirrors and windows
Mirrors and windows are sometimes pain when it is time to clean. Their cleaning leaves too many streaks, which can only be removed by buying expensive products, but this can be solved in a natural way. By mixing 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 liter of water in a spray bottle and spraying this combination on mirrors or windows and wiping them with a dry coffee filter you can remove all stains.
When you’re not happy with overpriced furniture varnishes and don’t want to use chemicals anymore, buy some lemon (or lemon juice) and mix 1/4 teaspoon with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup of distilled water in a spray-tipped bottle. Mix the mixture well and when all the ingredients are well combined, squeeze a little varnish on a microfiber cloth and rub it on the furniture to be polished.
Even after regular washing of towels, sheets, and fabrics, after a while, you can feel an unpleasant odor in the furniture where they are packed. To remove this odor, mix 30 drops of lemon and lavender essential oil, 1.5 cups of distilled water and 3 ounces of alcohol rubbing in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle well before using the mixture and spray the material that starts to smell and the unpleasant smell will be removed.
Bad Sides of Using Lemon
– Don’t use lemon on brass-plated surfaces or marble
Acids like lemon juice can etch marble and leave marks and stains, so if you have marble surfaces in your home, make sure you never use lemons to clean them.
Lemon gives shine to brass but lemon juice can damage brass-coated items.
– Never mix lemon with bleach.
It is known that a mixture of ammonia and bleach can be dangerous, but it should also be known that acids – such as vinegar and lemon juice should never be mixed with bleach. When lemon juice is mixed with bleach, a toxic chlorine gas release reaction occurs, so make sure to always separate these cleaning ingredients safely.