Lemon is good in pies and lemonade but not just in that! At home, the lemon is a real secret weapon for greener and more economical cleaning. These are 9 ways you can put lemon in action.
1. Lemon to flavor home
Lemon smells good! But even better: the lemon has deodorants powers. In the kitchen, for instance, to get rid of odors coming from fish or frying, boil a few lemon slices in a pan of water while in your fridge, half a lemon absorbs all odors.
2. Lemon to disinfect
How to avoid spreading your cold and your germs everywhere? The lemon ! Wipe doorknobs, refrigerator handles, phones, remote controls and other sensitive areas of the house with a cloth on which you have sprayed a mixture of lemon juice and water.
3. Lemon and cutting boards
A wooden cutting board is a real nest for bacteria. Fortunately lemon comes handy here too and can be used to clean up this.
Sprinkle salt on your board, cut your lemon in half and rub it against your board. Squeeze a little lemon to bring out juice. Finally you just have to rinse with water and that’s all, your board should be clean now! The salt will be used to scrub while the lemon will play the role of deodorizer and disinfectant.
4. Lemon and wooden furniture
Your wooden buffet is starting to look pale? Guess what will help? The lemon ! Again… Prepare a mixture with two thirds of olive oil and a third of lemon juice. With a soft cloth, apply your mix to your furniture. Now it should have regained its superb shape and brilliance of yesteryear!
5. Lemon and taps
Limestone is the worst enemy of your taps! Fortunately, the lemon is here! For light traces of limestone, cut a lemon in half and rub directly. For more stubborn marks, you prepare a mixture with a half white vinegar, a quarter of lemon juice and a quarter of a detergent, let sit 30 minutes, scrub and rinse.
6. Lemon and pipes
Your pipes would need a small drain? Forget your chemicals! Prepare a mixture with two thirds of lemon juice and one third of baking soda.
7. Lemon and brushes
Your paint brushes are sad face? The bristles are hard as a rock and they seem unusable? Do not despair and get your lemons ready: Boil lemon juice and let soak your brushes in this hot lemon juice for 15 minutes then rinse. Surprise: they are again frisky and ready to paint the walls of your apartment!
8. Lemon and paint stains on the windows
With your resurrected brushes, you decided to paint your windows? Good idea ! Except that you have made some paint stains on these windows? No worries, the lemon will help you! Apply some lemon juice on stains, leave a few minutes. Clean your windows as you’re used to, paint stains should disappear.
9. Lemon and ants
Ants are not big fans of mojito … and any lemon actually! The juice and lemon peel will discourage ants from home! So spray juice and lemon zest where ants sneak home. One thing to know : the lemon is harmless to your pets and your children.