Lemon power

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Feb 2018 11:44:40

Use this miracle fruit for cleaning and so much more with our tips and tricks.Lemons are not only good for keeping fruit from browning and for flavouring your water or tea. They are also incredibly useful for cleaning your home and making everyday chores much easier. Use our ideas to help you keep your home lemony fresh in ways you may not have thought of!Clean Your Garbage DisposalThe often-used garbage disposal can get a little stinky over time, and every now and then needs a good scrub down! You can easily accomplish this task freezing slices of lemon or lemon rinds in an ice cube tray and dropping in a few before turning on the disposal.

Spruce up Your Flatware  Lemon juice is great for getting rid of those pesky watermarks or rust on your flatware. Rub lemon juice on your flatware with a paper towel and you’ll be amazed at how shiny and new they’ll look.Clean Copper, Brass and SilverCreate an exfoliating scrub for your brass, copper and silver by cutting a lemon in half and dipping it in salt. Rub the lemon on your metals to get them sparkling once again(plus they will smell delicious). Rinse with warm water and polish dry.

Avoid a Smelly Vacuum By placing a few drops of lemon oil in your vacuum cleaner bag, your home will smell fresh by the time you’re done cleaning the floors and rugs.Remove Icky Odours from Rolling Pins or Cutting Boards Over time, your rolling pins and cutting boards can develop a smell after coming in regular contact with foods like garlic and onions. You can easily remove these lingering odours by rubbing them with fresh lemon and then washing. Freshen up Your Hands After cooking with certain foods, the odour can linger on your hands. Remove the smell by squeezing the juice of half a lemon onto your hand. Then wash your hands with soap and rub your hands together, making sure to wash in between your fingers and under your nails.

Revive Hardened Paintbrushes Place hardened paintbrushes in boiling lemon juice and lower the heat. Let the brushes soak for fifteen minutes and then wash with warm, soapy water. Your brushes will be soft and as good as new!
Keep Pests Away While Painting Outdoors Adding a few drops of lemon juice into your paint while you’re painting outdoors will keep flies and gnats from flocking to it.

Get Rid of Outdoor Pests with Lemon Rinds Place lemon rinds in your garden or yard to discourage squirrels and other pesky critters from digging and destroying your garden.

Tip: Freeze lemon rinds in the winter and save them for next year’s planting season!

Freshen the Fridge
After a thorough refrigerator cleanout, you can remove leftover odours by dabbing a cotton ball with lemon juice and leaving it in the fridge for several hours.
Clean living. Green cleaning. Non-toxic homes.
These topics have been gaining in popularity steadily over the past few years - and for good reason. People are realizing that using harsh, toxic chemicals to clean their homes is less than ideal. Thankfully, sometimes the best choices for non-toxic cleaning are right in front of our noses…or in the refrigerator. While we usually look to lemons as something to juice for lemonade or spritz on our fish, the truth is that lemons are a powerful cleaning agent. You can replace almost all heavy-duty chemical cleaners with the average little lemon. 

Here are a few more Quick and Clean Tips on cleaning your home with lemons:
Tip #1: Substitute Lemon Juice for Bleach
Adding a cup of lemon juice to your laundry replaces chlorine bleach and does an even better job of whitening. It also leaves a refreshing, lemony scent on your clothing. Doesn’t that make you happy just thinking about it? Plus, which would you rather accidentally spill on yourself - lemon juice or bleach? Exactly!

Tip #2: Clean Shower Doors
Cutting through hard water deposits is easy with lemon juice. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it over your glass shower doors to remove gunk and build-up. If you prefer, you can also squeeze lemon juice directly on a sponge and then scrub the tough spots. Adding a bit of Borax to the sponge or surface of the cut lemon helps scrub away those really stubborn, hard water stains. Rinse with warm water and your doors will shine and smell wonderful!
Tip #3: Shine Your Faucets
You can use the other half of that cut lemon to clean and shine chrome faucets and knobs on your sink, shower, and tub. Rub the cut lemon directly onto the faucets until spots and stains are removed. Your fixtures will look bright and shiny!

Tip #4: Deodorize and Clean the Dishwasher
Does your dishwasher have a funky smell to it? Lemon juice can take care of that. Add one cup of lemon juice to a coffee cup or other dishwasher safe container and put on the bottom rack in the dishwasher. Run the rinse cycle. Once finished, your dishwasher will not only be deodorized but clean, too! That lemon juice will do double duty on your dishwasher.

Tip #5: Boost Your Dishwashing Detergent
Not only can lemons clean your dishwasher, but simply adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to your dishwasher’s detergent compartment will boost its cleaning power. Try adding the lemon juice in the small dispenser reserved for additional detergent. Fill the larger dispenser with detergent as usual and run the cycle as you would normally.
The same idea applies to hand washing greasy dishes. Add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to your sink of sudsy water and the lemon will help cut through the grease and grime on even the toughest pots and pans.

Tip #6: Create Your Own Furniture Polish
Why not make homemade furniture polish for just pennies? Not only is this a money-saving choice but it’s a healthier option, too. Avoiding the chemicals in manufactured furniture polish is always a good idea.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for homemade furniture polish: Combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 10 drops of lemon essential oil, ½ cup olive oil (or vegetable oil). Mix well. Add this mixture to a spray bottle. Use the fine mist setting on the bottle to spritz on furniture. Wipe clean with a soft cloth.

Tip #7: Clean Glass Surfaces
Just like the furniture polish, glass cleaner can also be made from lemons. This safe, non-toxic cleaner is a good alternative in any home but especially one with kids and pets.
Here’s the easy formula to follow: Mix 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with ½ cup of rubbing alcohol. Pour into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Add water to fill. Use this mixture to clean glass and mirrors and to disinfect kitchen counters and other grimy surfaces.

Tip #8: Clean Icky Toilets
Combining lemon juice with Borax creates a powerful scrub for a dirty toilet. Sprinkle about ½ cup of Borax in the toilet bowl and then squeeze the juice from half a lemon right on top of it. Scrub as usual. The freshness of the lemon really deodorizes the bowl. You can even use that half a lemon to scrub around the rim and seat. Wipe clean with a paper towel or sponge. Flush when done cleaning completely and enjoy the fresh, clean scent!

Tip #9: Clean a Grater
Using a grater for cheese or other dense, sticky foods makes cleaning this kitchen utensil a nightmare. Lemons to the rescue! Use half a lemon, cut side on the grater, to scrub away any sticky residue. Wash with warm, soapy water as usual.

Bonus Lemon Cleaning Tips
If you do decide to use a lemon to help with your household chores, here are a few more tips to remember:
To get the most juice from a lemon, roll it on the counter under the palm of your hand. Then microwave it for 10 seconds. This releases the most juice.
When using a lemon half as your scrubbing tool, remove the seeds first. Use a small, sharp paring knife to pry out the seeds so they don’t scratch your surfaces.
The lemon rind makes a great scrubber. If you use the lemon to scrub a sink or shower stall, use both sides. When scrubbing with the skin side, the oils are released to give an even stronger lemon smell to the area.
When you’re done cleaning, don’t just throw out the used lemons. Grind them up in your garbage disposal to freshen and deodorize it!
Buy lemons in bulk. Most grocery stores have bags of lemons at a much lower price than buying them individually.
Cleaning with lemons is an amazing way to tackle some of the biggest messes in your home while still staying true to green cleaning….and your house will smell fresh and clean! l