Lemon Juice: Natural Cleaning Tips

Lemon Juice

When life gives you lemons, you can make lemonade…or a powerful disinfectant, air freshener, or eco-polish!

Why not use lemon juice to….

–Clean your cutting board. Rub the lemon on the board, let it sit, rinse, and air dry. Lemon juice removes stains AND kills germs.

–Clean laminate countertops—just scrub the lemon over them, and then wipe clean.

–Don’t you hate it when you get rust marks on your clothes? Get rid of unsightly marks by applying rub juice on top of the stain. Sprinkle cream of tartar over the top, rub it in, and let it sit until the rust dissolves. 15-30 minutes should do the trick.

–Freshen up your whites: mix half a cup lemon juice, or even just a handful of sliced lemons, into a gallon of ultra-hot water. Soak cotton and polyester clothes 1-12 hours, and then wash as usual. Don’t worry. You cannot ever-overbleach with lemon juice. Even better—your clothes will last longer using this method than if you used ordinary bleach.

–Tupper-fixer upper. Tired of your embarrassingly yellowed plastic containers? Squeeze in some lemon juice and add baking soda. Scrub the solution in, let sit as long as needed.

–Clean your copper. Use half a lemon sprinkled with salt, and massage onto the copper until all the tarnish has been buffed off. Add salt as needed. Rinse well. Air dry. Copper bottomed pans will heat more evenly when they are clean on the bottom; this is a helpful trick for busy cooks!

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