When life gives you lemons...use them to clean (Part 2/2)

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 September 2015




Nature has its very own recipe for cleaning. Here’s our second set of tips for using the everyday citrus fruit to freshen, launder and buff your home to lemony freshness.

Yesterday we published 7 tips for using lemons around the house, for cleaning purposes.

If you opt to use lemon juice in certain cleaning tasks around the house, you could save a fortune on detergents and chemical products. Plus, you’re being environmentally friendly as well.

So, what else can citric juice do for you in the house-keeping department, that other fruits can’t?

Lemon is the new black:

Black spots are particularly unsightly and unpleasant. Using lemon juice with baking powder will help eradicate these. It’s the lengthiest process out of all of these tips as you’ll need to leave this mixture on the spots for two hours. Then rinse off.

Oranges and lemons:

Leaving wayward items of fruit dotted around the house might not seem like a good idea - but with citric fruits it is. Unlike others, they will dry out rather than develop mould straight away. Blend the peel of a lemon, orange or even a lime and pour down the sink drain. This will actually help to freshen up the pipes. Keeping half a lemon in the fridge also deodorizes it, but it must be cut in two to allow the scent to be released. To fill the air in your kitchen with a natural and organically fresh scent, bring a pan of boiling water to the boil with half a lemon in it. It saves a fortune on artificial air fresheners.

Shoe shine:

Lemon juice naturally cleans particular types of shoe fabric, like leather. Using it neat on a pair of black or tan shoes, with a cloth, will really help them sparkle.

Buff up:

Similarly, citric juice works on metals such as brass or copper. Just sprinkling salt onto half a lemon and scrubbing will work wonders on saucepans. Alternatively, whipping up a paste of salt and juice and applying a thick layer onto tarnished copper or brass will give you a good shot at lessening the scuffed metal. Leave the paste to rest for 10 minutes and wash in warm water. This will definitely make some difference, but you may need to repeat the process if you have heavily tarnished items.

Mirror, Mirror:

Unbeknownst to many, the juice of a lemon will help shine up your mirrors, windows and glass. Add two table spoons to a litre of water and a quarter cup of white vinegar. Shake well in a spray bottle and proceed to make your mirrors and glassware spotless.

Laundry day:

Because it bleaches naturally (hence why people squeeze it into their hair on summer holidays to get a lightened look in the sun), adding lemon juice to your laundry rinse cycle will bring out whites beautifully. It also delivers a gorgeous, fresh scent. If you’re attempting to de-stain an item of white clothing or bedding, squeeze onto these and allow them to dry outside on the line. The sun will work with the lemon juice to bleach the stains away.


Lemons hold protective, germ-busting properties. This means you can use them as a natural disinfectant. Pure citric juice, used on sinks and surfaces around the kitchen, food preparation areas, dining tables and even around the toilet, will destroy germs totally organically. No chemicals, no residue and an aromatic citrus scent.

Stay away...

...from plated metals, granite and marble. Citric acid is corrosive and will cause damage to these surfaces. Other than this, lemons can be used for all types of cleaning purposes.

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