Life is a whole lot brighter with lemons. They can enhance the flavour of your favourite meal, get your digestive system moving in the morning and are even spruiked in some circles as an effective weed killer.
Did you know lemons are a fantastic all-natural cleaner as well?
Their acidic make-up makes them highly effective at removing alkaline substances like soap scum. This super fruit has antibacterial properties, so they can also make your home more hygienic. And they smell amazingly fresh, too!
From tackling bathroom grime to freshening up stinky bins, lemons are a wonderful choice for myriad household chores. Here’s 10 of our favourites.
1. Clean the Bathroom
Arm yourself with an old toothbrush, lemon juice and a little elbow grease to scrub your stubborn bathroom grout. You can also put lemon juice on a cloth to wipe down your bathroom faucets and taps. Let the lemon juice sit on there for about 10 minutes before wiping down with a separate clean cloth.
2. Say Farewell to Fridge Odours
Sometimes our fridges emit a mystery odour every time we open it, which can be frustrating. You can freshen up your fridge by cutting a lemon in half and placing it on the top shelf for about 30 minutes or so. It can also be a great idea to keep a cut up lemon in the fridge at all times to keep those smells at bay.
3. Microwave Cleaning Magic
Pop a few cut up pieces into a microwave-safe bowl, fill it halfway with water and put it in the microwave to cook until the window steams up. Leave the bowl in there for 10 minutes, remove and then wipe down.
4. Descale Your Kettle
Cleaning the inside of your kettle is easy, but it’s a job many of us never do. Put half a lemon into the bottom of the kettle, fill it halfway with water, boil it, pour out and then rinse the kettle out with water.
5. Give Your Bins A Lemon Scent
Stinky bins can be really unpleasant. Place a few lemon slices at the bottom of the bin before placing the bag in to keep the bin smelling fresh. A little sprinkling of bi-carb soda can help too.
6. Clean Your Containers
Squeeze some lemon juice in the container, add a little bi-carb soda and rub with a lemon quarter. Stubborn stain? You may need to leave the lemon juice in there overnight, before giving it a good scrub the next day.
7. A Wonderful Cleaner for Windows
Sure, you’ve heard of white vinegar for cleaning windows, but lemons do a great job too. You only need to squeeze a few tablespoons of lemon juice into a spray bottle filled with water to tackle window grime.
8. Wooden Cutting Boards
Sprinkle some coarse salt on the board and scrub, scrub, scrub with half a lemon piece.
9. Tackle the toilet bowl
Simply pour half a cup of lemon juice into the bowl, swish it around with the toilet brush and flush!
10. Keep Ants Away
Ants detest the citric acid in lemons. Squeeze some across your windowsills and door frames to stop these tiny pests from coming inside.
Load up on lemons next time you’re at the shops and you’ve got a great, all-natural and effective cleaner ready to go!
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