02Jun 2014
When Life Gives You Lemons: Clean!

When Life Gives You Lemons: Clean!Lemons are great. They can season your food and drink or you can eat them raw but above all they can be used to clean. The combination of the citric acid in their juices, their handy size and their sweet smell means that they can be used on a really wide range of domestic cleaning tasks. It is a cost efficient and eco-friendly cleaning method that you won’t regret once you’ve tried it. In fact, the scent is so frequently associated with cleanliness that most over the counter cleaners are lemon scented to give you that lemony freshness even if you have used a processed cleaner. Scrubber: One of the best things about cleaning with a lemon is that the lemon itself, when cut in half, is the perfect size and shape to be used as a scrubber for washing up and wiping surfaces. You just need to sprinkle some baking soda on the half lemon in order to make it froth and then you can use it as you would a soapy sponge with remarkable results. When it has served its usefulness, your new sponge is fully compostable. Perfect. Spray: Lemon is naturally corrosive, so it has the ability to bust through all the grease and grime that might be proving a little difficult to shift with traditional home cleaning products. If you can mix water and lemon juice in a spray bottle then you can use that as a highly effective cleaner, just as you would with the cleaners you buy in the shops. Its ability to bust through grease and grime and the fact that it is clearly not toxic makes it an ideal oven cleaner as well. Wood Polish: Mix Lemon juice with olive oil and you’ve got yourself a lovely polish to rub into your wooden surfaces giving them a great shine and a pleasant scent too. Ideal for furniture, this make at home polish can also be used on wooden flooring to give it a pleasant sparkle and it won’t make it so slippery that it’s unsafe. Scourer: If you sprinkle salt on to the flat surface of a sliced lemon then it becomes a scourer. The salt won’t damage your metal items and it will make sure to remove any tarnish from your saucepans and cutlery. If you don’t fancy rubbing the lemon itself over your items, you can mix the salt and lemon to form a paste. If you coat the areas of tarnish in this paste then wash it off then the tarnish should come off with it. Shoe Polish: Black and Tan leather shoes can greatly benefit from some neat lemon juice being polished over them and then buffed just as you would with the average shop bought polish from a shop. In fact, neat lemon juice can also be used as a polish for glass and mirrors, natural bleach for your white linens and even just throwing the used lemon out with the rest of your rubbish is a great way to reduce the overall unpleasant odour of your rubbish bin. It seems that there is virtually no cleaning task that a lemon cannot rise to and, in fact, if you are environmentally conscious and keen to not have a detrimental effect on your planet then using lemons for your house clean is an obvious choice. You might also get an incredible result and be left hardly out of pocket at all. If you can achieve results that cleaning agencies would be proud of with none of the expense that it’s a win all round.


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