The humble lemon

We are lucky enough to have a tree full of lemons in our backyard. Sometimes I have made cakes and slices out of them which are delicious but not great for my waistline and don’t actully use a lot of lemon. Rather than letting the lemons go to waste, I have been using lemons around the house for cleaning.  Not only does it save money on expensive cleaning products, I can rest assured that my children aren’t breathing in nasty chemicals or sprays.

Some of the ways I have used lemon around my home are:

* Clean stains from cutting boards and helps kill germs. Clean the board with half a lemon or rub the juice onto the stain and let sit until the stain fades.

* Keep your fridge smelling fresh as a daisy by popping a half lemon on a plate . Change once a week.

* Get rid of ikky smells in the microwave, and give it a clean out.   Slice a lemon and place the pieces in water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for one minute and let the lemon’s antibacterial properties kill the old food smells and  bacteria lurking in your microwave. The steam from the lemon water will also loosen any stuck on food. Remove the bowl from the microwave and wipe the inside down with a cloth. You will be left with a clean fresh microwave. 

* My husband is a bricklayer, I have a two year old and a baby. I am always looking for ways to rid clothes of stinky man smells or smells of poop or vomit. I give our clothes a fresh scent by adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to each washing load, along with detergent. I have also found that white vinegar does the trick on nasty BO smells that can stick around in my husband’s work clothes.

* Clean the drains with lemon juice. I really prefer this than having dangeous drain cleaning products in the house.  Pour half a cup baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of steaming hot lemon juice. After a couple.of  minutes, rinse the drain with hot water.

* Remove soap scum and rust stains from your bathroom or tapwear by rubbing half a lemon on sinks, tiles, taps. Not only smells great, it leaves everything nice and clean with no chemicals in site.

As lemon does contain acid I recommend patch testing to make sure it doesn’t remove colour or affect the finish of surfaces.  Once you have done that you can go wild leaving your home smelling fresh and clean without using any harsh chemicals. 

Rachelle xx

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