Home Remedies using Lemons in the Home

home remedies using lemons

When life hands you lemons – make a home remedy. One of the most versatile household cleaners is the lemon, which helps brighten, whiten, cleanse, and deodorize your surroundings. Keeping a few pieces of the fruit will surely come handy, especially around the household for home remedies using lemons.

Why are Lemons Helpful?

In the household, lemons are helpful because they contain acidic and antiseptic properties that are beneficial when cleaning the home. Lemons are able to remove stains in the kitchen, bathroom and on clothing. The citrus scent of a lemon is invigorating, refreshing and uplifting – perfect for freshening up a room or removing unwanted odors. Because of this, lemon is a popular scent for a clean home.

Lemon Home Remedies

When choosing lemons for home remedies, you should select fruit that have smooth, oily skins. They should be heavy for their size. Select bright yellow lemons that are free from any green streaks. Keep in mind that lemons keep for up to one week at room temperature and two to three weeks in the refrigerator. To take advantage of eco-friendly cleaning with a pleasant scent, consider the following home remedies using lemons:

a) Clean Copper:

Use lemon juice to clean copper-bottomed pots and pans. Cut a lemon in half, and sprinkle on a bit of salt. Together, the lemon juice and abrasiveness of the salt will remove spots from your copper. You can also use the juice to revamp the look of copper fixtures.

b) Remove Fireplace Odor:

Not all fireplaces send out a pleasantly warm fire, but instead, can deliver an unwanted stench. Toss a couple of lemon peels into the flames to counteract the odor.

c) Neutralize Vinegar Smell:

Vinegar is an effective household cleaner, but can turn people off with its strong smell. To neutralize the vinegar smell, add lemon juice to your spray bottle used for eco-friendly cleaning.

d) Get Rid of Ants:

Break up an ant party by pouring lemon juice around the areas that ants tend to gather.

e) Toilet Cleaner:

Create an effective toilet cleaner by mixing one cup of lemon juice and ½ cup of Borax[1], which cleans, disinfects and leaves behind a pleasant scent.

toilet cleaner

f) Freshen Up Your Fridge:

To control and eliminate unpleasant smells in your refrigerator, store half of a lemon on a shelf.

g) Cut Dish Grease:

Lemon juice is a natural degreaser when used in its undiluted form. You can also enhance the grease cutting power of your dishwashing detergent by adding one teaspoon of lemon juice.

h) Window Cleaner:

Add four tablespoons of lemon juice to ½ gallon of water to create an effective cleaner for windows.

i) Remove Countertop Stains:

Place a small amount of lemon juice on a countertop stain – let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub away with baking soda to quickly eliminate stubborn stains.

j) Get Rid of Drain Odor:

When a garbage disposal smells less than desirable, add a couple of lemon rinds and run the disposal. Pouring lemon juice and hot water can also freshen up a smelly drain.

k) Bleach Clothing:

Take advantage of the natural bleaching agent found in lemon juice when you want to revamp the look of white linens and clothes. Allow the articles to dry in the sun, which helps bleach any stains away.

l) Erase Ink Spots:

Ink stains on a shirt are usually looked at as the ‘kiss of death,’ but lemon juice has proven an effective way to remove unsightly spots. The acid of lemon juice works best when used before the ink dries. Liberally treat a stain, and then wash clothing in cold water.

m) Clean Cutting Boards:

When stinky vegetables, spices and other foods (such as fish, onions and garlic) have turned your cutting board into a smelly warzone, squeeze the juice from half a lemon onto the board. Follow up by scrubbing and then leaving the juice to soak on the board for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water and repeat if needed. This remedy will also disinfect your cutting board.

n) Clean Your Microwave:

Add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup of water. Boil the liquid in the microwave for five minutes, and then wipe the walls of the microwave clean with a sponge or paper towel.

o) Natural Hand Cleaner:

Rinse your hands with lemon juice to remove tough stains and odors, such as fruit juices, garlic, and onions.

p) Clean Stainless Steel:

Treat your stainless steel belongings to a lemon juice and salt mixture that not only cleans, but also adds shine. Sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt, and rub away stains after adding a small amount of water.

q) Prevent Browning of Food:

Adding lemon juice to your dishes can prevent the natural browning that takes place when foods are left out in the air. This remedy helps keep apples, pears, potatoes, cauliflower, and even guacamole looking fresh.

r) Prevent Sticky Rice:

To prevent your rice from sticking together, add a spoonful of lemon juice to the pot of boiling water when cooking it. When the rice is finished, let it cool for a couple of minutes, and then fluff with a fork before serving.

s) Crisp Soggy Lettuce:

The next time you pull out a soggy head of lettuce from the refrigerator, add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water, and then place the soggy lettuce in. Refrigerate for one hour. Before using, completely dry the leaves before using them in a sandwich or salad.

t) Clean Food Grater:

The little particles left behind in the small holes of a food grater are pretty hard to remove, but with a half of lemon, you can remove the residue without much effort. Simply rub both sides of the grater with the lemon after using – perfect for disinfecting and removing unwanted food odors.

u) Freshen Dishwasher:

To remove musty smells from a dishwater, add ¼ cup fresh lemon juice to the soap dispenser. The smells will disappear, as well as lingering bacteria.

cleaning dishwasher

v) Clean Marble:

Fight tough stains on marble flooring and countertops by cutting a lemon in half and dipping the flesh into table salt [2]. Rub on stains, but do so quickly, as the acid can actually damage your marble. Make sure to rinse well after using.

w) Remove Limescale[3]:

Dissolve hard water deposits and soap scum in the bathroom by rubbing a cut lemon around your water faucets and around your sink. Leave on the lemon for a few minutes, and then rinse off. Add the juice from two fresh lemons to a spray bottle filled with water – wipe the mixture around the shower panel and tiles to prevent a buildup of limescale.

x) Fight Mold and Mildew:

Do away with the unsightly spots of mildew and mold by making a paste out of one part lemon juice and one part baking powder. Leave on the paste for two hours, and then rinse off.

y) Fabric Stain Remover:

Dab a bit of lemon juice and salt on fabric stains to remove blood, grass, underarm perspiration, and rust. Allow the ingredients to sit for a bit of time before rinsing well. Follow up by washing as normal.

z) Polish Furniture:

To add shine and appeal to your wooden furniture, make a homemade furniture polish with one part lemon juice and two parts olive oil.

aa) Clean Brass:

Shine up your brass objects by making a paste out of fresh lemon juice and baking soda. Apply the remedy to your brass fixtures or fittings in your home (like light switch plates and door handles). Gently rub with a soft cloth, and then buff to achieve a shine.

bb) Natural Air Freshener:

The uplifting scent of lemons makes the perfect air freshener. Boil chopped up fresh lemons in a saucepan filled with water for 30 minutes. You can also put half a fresh lemon in the oven to create a heated scent that revamps your kitchen and remove lingering cooking smells.

cc) Neutralize Cat Odor:

Remove litter box and cat odors by cutting a couple of lemons in half, and placing them (cut side up) in a dish in the room. The air will soon absorb the pleasant scent of lemon.

dd) Revamp Your Humidifier:

It’s no fun distributing a musty odor into the air when running your humidifier. Eliminate unwanted odors by adding three to four teaspoons of lemon juice to the water. The added bonus is the scent of lemon in the air.

ee) Shine Up Chrome:

Remove mineral deposits and add a shine to chrome faucets and other objects by rubbing a lemon rind over the chrome. Rinse well, and then dry with a soft cloth.

Resources

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax

[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 196-197.

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limescale

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