Everyone knows that lemons are acidic and can be used to clean, but do you know how exactly? So many of the store bought cleaners use lemon as an artificial scent, and it’s no wonder, it smells fresh! I love to keep lemons on hand to add to my water as well as use for natural cleaning. Check out the tips below to see how you can utilize this wonderful little fruit.

  • Cut a lemon in half, shove in garbage disposal and grind (with water running) for 10 seconds.
  • Fill a jar with (organic) citrus peels and pour undiluted white vinegar over them. Leave for a few days (up to 2 weeks) and strain out the vinegar to use as a natural cleaner. It works as a window cleaner (dilute with water), for mopping floors, or for disinfecting surfaces.
  • Lemons are perfect for cleaning cutting boards. They clean and disinfect plus you never have to worry about contaminating food with dangerous chemicals. Bleach alternative – 12 cups water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 cup hydrogen peroxide. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir. Transfer to a spray bottle to use as a household cleaner.
  • Add salt to a halved lemon and scrub copper pots with the surface of the lemon. Within seconds your copper will be back to it’s gleaming self. You can squeeze the lemon into a bowl with the salt to form a paste and let the paste sit on the bottom of a pot for half an hour or so scrubbing periodically on those tough to remove stains. 
  • Take a microwave safe bowl and fill with 1/2 cup of water. Slice a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water. Drop the lemon halves into the bowl. Microwave for three minutes and then let stand for five minutes. Remove the bowl and simply wipe down the microwave. 

Lemons are such a great way to keep the toxins out of your home that are so prevalent with some of the cleaners that you buy at the store. It can really give you peace of mind, especially when you have little ones or pets.