When life gives you lemons, start cleaning!

The lemon is one of our favorite fruits.  Aside from being delicious on chicken and refreshing in lemonade on a hot summer day, lemons are a fantastic way to freshen up your whole household and stay clean and green on a budget!  Here are some easy ways to incorporate lemons into your eco-friendly cleaning routine:

In the kitchen:

  • Use lemon wedges dipped in salt to buff away spots on your copper pots and pans.  Rub the lemon over the spots, let it sit for about five minutes, then wipe them clean with a warm damp cloth. 
  • Clean and bleach your countertops and wooden cutting boards with some fresh squeezed lemon juice.  Wipe some juice on the surface, let it sit for about half an hour, then rinse with a warm damp cloth.  Do not use this method on granite counter tops: the lemon juice may be too corrosive!
  • To banish musty smells and disinfect your dishwasher, fill the soap dispenser in your dishwasher with lemon juice and run a normal empty cycle. 
  • Breeze through cleaning your microwave out by filling a bowl with cold water and 1/2 a lemons worth of wedges.  Place the bowl in the microwave and run it for 3 minutes.  The steam will loosen caked on food particles and get rid of the old stale food smell.  Use a warm damp cloth to wipe out the debris. 
  • Throw some lemon wedges in the garbage disposal in your sink and run it with some hot water to disinfect and freshen.


  • To keep your whites the whitest they can be, add 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice to your rinse cycle.
  • Rub cut lemons on soap scum and hard water deposits in your bathroom and on shower doors and watch them disappear.  Wipe throughly with a warm damp cloth.  to keep those deposits at bay, rub the peel of the lemon on the surface and leave it.  The oils from the peel will help keep your doors nice and clear and your fixtures shiny.  
  • To clean grout, make a paste with baking soda and lemon juice.  Smear it on stains and let it is for about an hour.  Scrub with a brush (we sometimes us an old toothbrush) and rinse with a damp cloth. 
  • For a natural air freshener, cut up a lemon, put it in a pot with some water, and boil.  The heat will release the lemon scent and keep your house smelling fresh and clean. 

Do you know of more lemon cleaning secrets?  Share them with us!

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Thanks from the Perfect Shine Housekeeping Family!

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