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5 Ways To Clean With Lemon (in Your Kitchen)

Besides being delicious and adding an eye-twitching tang to any dish, lemons can be used to clean many places in your home. Using lemons to clean is an affordable and eco-friendly way to get the job done. The same can be said for using baking soda and vinegar for cleaning.


Due to the low pH and antibacterial properties of lemons, they are an incredible natural cleaning agent. Replace your toxic chemical cleaners with lemons, combine them with cleaning products you didn't know you needed, and cut through grease and grime in no time!

Cut up lemon on lemons, green leaves
 

5 Ways to Clean With Lemon

 

While lemons are a great eco-friendly alternative to harsh chemical cleaners, there are some surfaces you should skip when cleaning with lemons.


Avoid using lemon juice on the following as the acidity can damage these surfaces:

  • marble

  • stone

  • hardwood

  • laminate

  • vinyl

  • brass-plated surfaces

 
Hands placing lemon in bowl of water into microwave

1. Clean the Microwave

Cleaning your microwave with lemons is a natural and effective way to remove dirt, stains, and odors.

  • Squeeze some lemon juice into a microwave-safe bowl filled with water.

  • Place the lemon halves in the bowl with the juice.

  • Microwave until boiling.

  • Let sit for a few minutes; so the steam can soften any stubborn stains.

  • Carefully remove the bowl with the water.

  • Wipe down the inside walls of the microwave with a soft cloth.

If there's still a spot or two left - rub some lemon directly on it and wipe again in a few minutes.

  • Rinse the cloth or sponge and wipe the inside of the microwave with clean water.

  • Dry the inside of the microwave with a clean cloth.

There you have it; your microwave will be clean and smelling fresh!

 
One lemon in fridge

2. Freshen your Fridge

Your fridge needs to be cleaned more often than you're currently doing it...believe me. An easy, eco-friendly way of doing it is by using lemons.

  • Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl.

  • Add some salt to the lemon juice and mix well. Salt helps to remove any stubborn stains and dirt.

  • Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the lemon juice mixture and use it to clean the inside of your fridge, including shelves, drawers, and walls.

For tough stains, let the lemon juice mixture sit on the affected area for a few minutes before scrubbing.

  • Rinse the cloth or sponge with clean water and wipe the inside of the fridge to remove any residue.

  • Dry the inside of the fridge with a clean cloth.

To remove any lingering odors, place a few lemon peels in a bowl and leave them in the fridge overnight.

I often do this and am never disappointed when I open my lemony-fresh fridge.

 
Feet, mop cleaning white floor

3. Wipe the Floors Clean

Lemon's natural acidity helps to break down dirt and stains while leaving a fresh, clean scent behind.

  • Mix equal parts lemon juice and water in a bucket.

  • Dip a mop or cloth into the lemon water and clean your floors.

  • For tough stains, apply the lemon water mixture directly onto the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush or cloth.

  • Rinse the mop or cloth with clean water and wipe the floors to remove any residue.

  • Dry the floors with a clean towel or let them air dry.

Alternatively, you can cut a lemon in half and use it directly on the floor. Rub the lemon onto the stain or dirt, then wipe the area with a damp cloth.


Tip: If you're unsure whether lemon juice is safe for your floors, test it in a small, inconspicuous area first to see how the floor reacts. If there's no damage or discoloration, you can safely use lemon juice to clean your floors.

 
Hand squeezing lemon in blender

4. Clean the Blender

The worst part of having a blender - cleaning it!

  • Fill the blender with warm water.

  • Add a few drops of dish soap and half a lemon to the blender.

The dish soap helps to break down grease and food residue, while the lemon's acidity helps to sanitize the blender.

  • Cover the blender with the lid and blend for about 30 seconds.

  • Pour the soapy lemon water out of the blender.

  • Rinse the blender thoroughly with clean water.

  • Use a soft sponge or brush to scrub any remaining residue or stains.

  • Rinse the blender again with clean water.

  • Dry the blender with a clean towel or let it air dry.

 
POV inside clean dishwasher

5. Give the Dishwasher a Boost

  • Cut a lemon into wedges and set it on the top rack in your dishwasher.

  • Run the load as usual and stare in awe at your shiny dishes.

Is your dishwasher not cleaning your dishes like it used to? You probably need to deep clean your dishwasher to get it back to cleaning efficiently.

 

Bonus - How to Store Lemons

  • In the refrigerator

Lemons will last longer when stored in the refrigerator. Place them in the crisper drawer or in a plastic bag to prevent them from drying out. Alternatively, put them in a glass container filled with water.

They can last up to a month when stored this way.

  • Store cut lemons in the refrigerator

If you have already cut your lemons, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last up to a few days this way.

  • At room temperature

If you plan to use your lemons within a week, you can store them at room temperature. Keep them in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.

  • Freeze them

If you have a surplus of lemons, you can freeze them for later use. Cut the lemons into wedges or slices and store them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They will last up to six months in the freezer.

 

The Bottom Line

When life gives you lemons - clean with them! It smells incredible; it's an all-natural cleaner; you can grow it yourself and use it in more ways than one. Don't sleep on this fruit; add a few to your basket the next time you shop.

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