When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But you can also make a lot of other things, as well.
According to expert cleaners Gleam Clean WA, believe it or not, lemon trees are one of the most common fruit trees in the average Australian’s backyard, but not everyone is using them to their full potential – such as for sustainable cleaning, crafting, and cooking. Read on to learn how underutilised your lemon tree is.
Clean Your Microwave
It can go against every fibre in your being to use a multi-purpose spray solution inside something that heats your food. You might think it’s the only way to clean your microwave, but lemon is sitting right in front of you, ready to take the reins.
Slice lemons in a bowl of water and microwave it for up to ten minutes. Once you remove the container, use a washcloth or recycled paper towel to wipe out the food mess. Your microwave will be lemony fresh for as long as you need it.
To assist with your carpet cleaning, you can mix lemon juice with a small amount of water. Scrub it into the area using a clean cloth. Then rinse the specific area and then wipe the lemon juice away using a steam cleaning machine with some detergent. Leave it to dry and then the smell should have disappeared.
Cleaning Your Clothes
Okay, so lemon doesn’t really clean your clothes, but it can certainly offer a new brightness. If you want to steer away from manufactured products in favour of sustainable cleaning products, then try lemon as a brightening and whitening agent. A small amount of lemon juice to a load of whites can have more of an impact than you think.
Garbage Disposal Pods
Many drain cleaning and blockage removal products on the market have potentially harmful ingredients. While they get the job done, are they really all that good for your conscience (and drains)?
If you mix lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and baking soda, the result is a homemade freshener pod that you can store in ziplock bags and use as required. Lemony freshness has never been more natural to achieve.
Cleaning Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is a favoured material for many because, as the name suggests, it doesn’t stain. It also doesn’t rust, which makes for a far safer eating experience. However, stainless steel can tarnish and not look at its best over time, which is why cleaning it is such a great idea. But, with what? Lemons, of course! Lemon juice with warm water is a natural stainless-steel polish. Your silverware will have never looked so shiny.
Surface Cleaner Product
Most people know how important it is to have clean surfaces in their homes – particularly bathrooms and kitchens. However, sustainable cleaning practices can make you feel good about cleaning your home, as well.
Using lemon rinds and white vinegar, you can whip up a non-toxic cleaner that cuts through grease and grime. It’s natural, essential-oil free, and affordable to make.
Remember when your stainless-steel kettle looked shiny, clean, and vibrant? Us neither. Calcium deposits can build up on any kettle and looks like white, crusty scales. You can get rid of them quickly by putting lemon juice in the kettle, boiling it, emptying the water, rinsing the kettle, then carrying on as usual. Your kettle will look as good as new.
Lemons are a fabulous addition to food and for creating refreshing beverages. But they can also be the start of sustainable cleaning practices in your home. If you are looking to reduce the number of chemicals you have in your home, then set your sights on the humble lemon.