When Life Gives Us Lemons, We Start Cleaning!
The clean, crisp smell of a lemon is refreshing and invigorating. A lemon fragrance is often equated with cleanliness. Many name brand cleaning products, air fresheners and detergents offer a lemon scented version.
While scent is a popular reason to choose lemons when it comes to cleaning, there is more to lemons than just their scent! Lemons are acidic and can provide some antibacterial and antiseptic properties that make them excellent choices for cleaning purposes.
Go ahead and clean that microwave!
Save time and energy by mixing 4 tablespoons lemon juice into 2 cups water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 7 -10 minutes, letting water stand in microwave for 2-3 minutes. Allow the steam to penetrate the stuck on food on the inside walls and ceiling of the oven while the citric acid goes to work killing bacteria. Then just wipe away the softened food with a sponge or paper towel!
Get Whiter Whites!
Ordinary household chlorine bleach can cause the iron in water to precipitate out into fabrics, leaving them with a dingy appearance. For a mild, all natural alternative to chlorine bleach, soak white clothing in a mixture of water, lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
Get Busy In the Shower!
Squeeze the juice from six lemons and pour the juice (without pulp) into a spray bottle. Let stand for a minute or two, then scrub with a sponge to break up soap scum and rinse. The citric acid will help break up hard water deposits while sanitizing and deodorizing!
Make Your Own Furniture Polish!
Mix 1 cup of pure olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and you have a fresh smelling, chemical free furniture polish for hardwood furniture.
When life gives you lemons, put them to work, then sit back with a tall glass of lemonade and enjoy your fresh, clean home!
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