Lemon As a Natural Household Cleaning Solution

Knoji reviews products and up-and-coming brands we think you'll love. In certain cases, we may receive a commission from brands mentioned in our guides. Learn more.

There's more to lemons than just lemonade.  With their fresh, clean scent, lemons are a natural for natural cleaning.  Whether you're in the kitchen, the bath, or the laundry room, lemons can scour, brighten, shine, and freshen without resorting to harsh chemicals.  That tart juice that adds zest to your recipes is an acid that can kill germs, mold, and bacteria, all while leaving a pleasant aroma.

In the kitchen

Disinfect your cutting boards and countertops with a lemon that's been cut in half.  (If you're been chopping onions, it will also eliminate the smell.)  Take a slice of lemon or a tablespoon of juice and clean your microwave.  Place the slice or juice in a small bowl of water and microwave on High for 30 seconds.  Now wipe down the inside with a dry cloth.  Clean your disposal by grinding up the lemon rinds when you're done.  Not only will the rind remove built residue on the blades, but the disposal will smell lemony fresh.

In the bathroom

Remove soap scum and mineral deposits.  With a lemon half, rub over the surface to be cleaned.  For a more abrasive cleaner, dip the cut lemon into  some baking soda or salt.  For mineral deposits, wrap a cleaning cloth soaked with lemon juice around the faucet or spigot.  Let the juice loosen up those crusty minerals (up to 3 hours), then scour the reminder away.

In the laundry room

Long before the advent of modern stain treatments, our grandmothers used lemons to remove stains from washable fabrics.  Mildew, scorch marks, and rust spots can ruin clothing.  Soak the stain in lemon juice, then rub with salt to remove.  Wash and dry as usual.  For brighter whites, try lemon juice combined with  sunshine.  Add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the washing machine instead of bleach, then hang outside in the sunshine to dry.  Absolutely old-fashioned but modernly fresh!

All around the home

Polish your copper, brass, and chrome with cloth dampened with lemon juice.  The juice naturally cuts through tarnish, leaving a natural shine.  Rejuvenate your hardwood furniture with lemon juice mixed with olive oil.  Mix equal parts and rub on with a clean cloth to bring out that natural wood glow.  Clean the filmy residue inside glass or crystal vases.  Pour the lemon juice into the vase and let soak.  Add some salt if the residue is especially thick.  Let sit, then wash in warm soapy water for sparkingly clean glassware.

Add lemons to your shopping list for a cleaner, fresher lifestyle!

1 comment

This comment has 0 votes  by
Posted on May 22, 2009

About This Article


Explore Top Household Cleaning Product Brands

Kirkland Signature Review Compare Kirkland Signature vs. top competitors See 2 Kirkland Signature Promo Codes Grove Collaborative Review Compare Grove Collaborative vs. top competitors See 6 Grove Collaborative Promo Codes Wickes Review Compare Wickes vs. top competitors See 10 Wickes Coupon Codes The Laundress Review Compare The Laundress vs. top competitors See 11 The Laundress Coupon Codes CleanItSupply.com Review Compare CleanItSupply.com vs. top competitors See 25 CleanItSupply.com Discount Codes Imtek Environmental Corp. Review Compare Imtek Environmental Corp. vs. top competitors See Imtek Environmental Corp. Coupons Tide Review Compare Tide vs. top competitors See 1 Tide Discount Codes Crep Protect Review Compare Crep Protect vs. top competitors See 1 Crep Protect Discount Codes Koh Review Compare Koh vs. top competitors See 19 Koh Coupon Codes PlasticPlace Review Compare PlasticPlace vs. top competitors See 1 PlasticPlace Discount Codes FREY Review Compare FREY vs. top competitors See 22 FREY Coupon Codes Branch Basics Review Compare Branch Basics vs. top competitors See 3 Branch Basics Coupon Codes attitude Review Compare attitude vs. top competitors See 7 attitude Coupons Swiffer Review Compare Swiffer vs. top competitors See Swiffer Discount Codes Charmin Review Compare Charmin vs. top competitors See 1 Charmin Coupons Scott Toilet Paper Review Compare Scott Toilet Paper vs. top competitors See 8 Scott Toilet Paper Coupons MightyNest Review Compare MightyNest vs. top competitors See 4 MightyNest Coupons Top-ranked household essential brands >>