I’ve written about the benefits of vinegar and bi-carb soda as safe, effective, green cleaning products but let’s not forget the lemon.
Lemons can easily be added to your eco-friendly cleaning products as lemons are an effective de-greaser and whitener. The fresh citrus smell of a lemon will take away any bad odours around the house. It’s the reason why many expensive and less eco-friendly cleaning products in a supermarket are lemon scented.
Here are six ways to clean with lemons.
- For kitchen bench stains, rub with lemon, allow to sit for a minute (not too long – it’s powerful stuff) then wipe over with bi-carb soda. Then wash off with warm water.
- If you are cooking with lemon juice, use the discarded lemon to wipe over your cutting boards. Leave overnight and wash. The lemon disinfects and whitens at the same time and it won’t harm the environment. Bi-carb soda rubbed on the cutting board has the same effect. While the bi-carb is on the board, spray with vinegar. The mixture will bubble, then wash clean with hot water.
- A mixture of half lemon juice and water makes a great cleaner for windows and mirrors. And add a cup of lemon juice to your dishwasher during the rinse cycle to cut greate and add sparkle to your glassware.
- Grind lemon rinds in the garbage disposal to freshen and disinfect.
- Pour hot water with a little lemon down a drain for the same effect.
- Get rid of mildew and mold from tiles with a mixture of lemon juice and salt. A bit of elbow grease may be needed as well. Consider this part of your exercise routine.
Vinegar, bi-carb and lemons – all accessible, safe cleaning products that are not only as effective as manufactured cleaners, but are better for the environment and easier on the pocket.