Sunday, 16 April 2017

Handy Hints for Lemons

Got a lemon tree in the garden? Do you have times when you are begging your friends to take them off your hands? Here are some tips for using lemons for cleaning. Your home will be fresh and clean and you will save money too.

Soap scum

Cut a lemon in half and rub fruit side of lemon over soap scum. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

Cutting boards

Cut lemon in half and sprinkle salt on the cut half. Rub lemon and salt on cutting board to kill germs. Wash as usual and allow air to dry.

Natural bleach

Squeeze the juice of a lemon (or ¼ - ½ cup lemon juice) in 4 lites of hot water. Add whites and let soak for 1-2 hours. This is a great bleach alternative for cloth nappies, antique linens and other delicate washables.

All purpose cleaner

Mix together ½ cup vinegar, juice of one lemon and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.

Sink cleaner

Mix lemon juice and salt into a paste. Apply to metal, scrub and rinse.

Grout cleaner

Mix lemon juice with 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar into a paste. Apply to grout, scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse.

Garbage disposal

Cut lemon peel into small pieces, run cold water and grind the lemon for a fresh smelly unit.

Room freshener

Combine 4 cups water, peel of one lemon, 3 cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, 10-12 whole cloves and a dash of vanilla extract in a saucepan. Bring to boil then simmer for 1-2 hours. (Herbs such as rosemary and lavender also combine well with lemon.)


Put a bowl of water and juice of one lemon and the lemon halves in microwave. Run until the water boils (3-5 mins). Let the microwave sit for 15-30 minutes to steam then wipe clean.

Furniture polish

Mix ½ cup lemon juice, ½ cup olive oil or lemon essential oil (or the lemon peels). The mix will keep for up to one week in an air tight container

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