Can you only make lemonade?
You are probably thinking - why is she posting about lemons? Well lemons have so many uses and are a more sustainable, natural and cheaper alternative to many cleaning products. They are naturally antiseptic and antibacterial due to the acid in them, making them fantastic for cleaning.
Here are some of my favourite tips for using lemons around the house:
- Polish - rub the lemon against pots or facets that are looking a bit dull - they will come out looking shiny and almost brand new
- Descale kettles - remove mineral build-up by adding hot water and half a lemon in your kettle, boil it, leave it for an hour and then rinse
- Clean your microwave - get a microwavable glass bowl and squeeze the juice into some water (I also leave the lemon rinds in too, face up) heat in the microwave for around 4 mins. After it’s done, leave for another 3-5 minutes, the microwave will smell better and the stains will easily wipe away from the condensation!
- Clean your oven - the same principle as the microwave. Turn the oven on to one of the highest temperatures and put a tray of hot water (in a oven proof dish) and 2 lemons sliced in half (face up again), leave in the oven for a 30-45 minutes. Once the time is up turn the oven off and leave to cool down, once the oven has cooled, you should he able to wipe away the dirt and stains!
- Natural air freshener - if you have cooked up something smelly boil some water and put two lemons chopped up - the smell will disappear! (this also works if your fridge smells)
- Clean stains on your cutting board - rub the lemon hard across the board and leave it until the stain fades
- Clean glass - mix water and lemon juice in a bottle and spray on glass. It’s also better if you mix in some vinegar to tackle the hardest glass stains.
One last tasty tip - add a slice of lemon and some ice into your water - it’s so much tastier and provides all sort of benefits (aids digestion, freshens breath, helps boost your immune system). A cup of hot water with a slice of lemon is also amazing in the morning or at night - it’s insanely hydrating and is also amazing at settling your stomach!
So when life gives you lemons, think of all the amazing things you can do with them!
We stock reusable amber glass spray bottles by Kuishi that are great for housing homemade mixtures such as the lemon glass cleaner!