Did you know that lemon juice or zest is found in almost every powerful cleaning agent? Why? This natural citrus fruit has high acidic properties that make it a great grease-stripper and sanitizer. In addition, it has a low PH value and is thus mild enough and suitable to clean most of the household surfaces. Besides, it’s known for its beautiful, natural smell that leaves the house with a clean scent anytime you use it. So, does this mean one can actually use fresh lemons to clean? Yes, and here are 5 things in your household that you can clean with lemons. For more tips, tricks, and do-it-yourself cleaning hacks check out The Tidy Maids house cleaning service.
1. Laminate Countertops
Slice a fresh lemon into half and juice it on the laminate counter. Use the lemon to scrub the counter, giving more emphasis on areas that are stained. You may have to allow some time for the lemon juice to work on the stains. Once the marks disappear, sponge down with clean water then dry with a cloth.
2. Garbage Disposal
Even if there is clean water passing through the disposal line every time you rinse your dishes, you would be mistaken to think that this important kitchen companion is dirt free. On the contrary, there is a lot of sludge that collects after several rounds of washes which could actually leave your kitchen smelling foul. This makes it necessary to clean the garbage disposal regularly. Using lemon peels, you can actually clean, disinfect and deodorize the garbage disposal. Here is a simple guide on how to go about it. Make sure the gadget’s power supply is off before beginning the cleaning exercise. Next, use a pair of tongs to remove any non-degradable waste stuck within the line. Prepare two cups of ice and another one of rock or coarse salt then pour them in the disposal. Turn the garbage disposal on and allow cold water to run through it for about five seconds. This should flush down any form of waste and dirt clinging on the disposal line. To clean further, disinfect and deodorize, cut about 4 small pieces of some lemon peels. Then, throw each at a time into the disposal while the cold water is still passing through. This is all it takes to disinfect and eliminate any awful odors in the kitchen resulting from a dirty garbage disposal.
3. The Wooden Chopping Board
The acid in lemon juice is all you need to get rid of germs and dirt on cutting boards. For effective and quicker results, sprinkle a reasonable amount of salt on the board. Slice a fresh lemon into half and use one side to scrape the board making sure to squeeze some juice over it. Leave the lemon to work on dirt, stains and germs for at least ten minutes. Scrape off any remaining filth and rinse with warm water. Wipe or air dry.
4. Copper Cookware
It is possible to restore the gleam on rusty, stained copper cookware using lemon juice and salt. Sprinkle some sea salt on a lemon half and use it to scour your copper cookware thoroughly, then rinse any residue off. This should leave your copper utensils looking as shiny as new. The same process goes for aluminum and brass surfaces.
5. The Blender
Does your blender appear grimy even after a thorough cleaning? This is probably due to scum buildup caused by hard water along with various ingredients that your blender comes into contact with. While regular dish soap may not always do the job, lemons can come in handy to save your lovely kitchen gadget from discoloration. All you need is to slice a few pieces of lemon and throw in the blender. Add warm water to the mid-level of the machine and run it for one minute. You could add some dishwashing liquid for even more effective results. This should get your blender sparkling once more.
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