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How to clean with lemon: 10 uses and recipes

What satisfaction does a clean house give? Carpets that look new, floors that shine, and surfaces that shine. And everything has that something extra if it is done with green methods, with natural and safe detergents. Lemon juice and bicarbonate, but also vinegar and essential oils: there are many solutions to clean and disinfect the home in an ecological way. Among all, what are the best ways to use lemon?

How to clean with lemon: 10 uses and recipes

We have known for some time now that one of the biggest challenges for living an eco-sustainable lifestyle starts with cleaning our home. Often still without our knowledge, many household detergents are dangerously toxic, as well as polluting the planet.

It goes without saying, therefore, that choosing products that we find in nature is the best solution if only all the do-it-yourself alternatives we have available also make us drastically reduce costs. All advantages, in short, that it is useful to take into consideration.

Do you need to polish the taps, clean the oven or give new light to the laundry? Here's how lemons can come to your aid.

10 ways to use lemon in household cleaning:

Descale the pipes and eliminate bad smells

To eliminate food residues and other organic substances from the taps that over time also begin to spread a bad smell, just squeeze a lemon directly into the holes.
Or, alternatively, prepare a solution of baking soda, salt, and lemon, which will make it easier to clean the pipes and prevent bad smells. Pour the mixture down the drain and then immediately pour boiling water over it and you're done.

Clean the cutting boards

The antibacterial properties of lemon juice make it an excellent cleaner for the surfaces on which we prepare food. Lemon juice naturally cleans without leaving chemical residues and without ever contaminating food.

The following technique is a sure way to naturally clean and deodorize especially wooden cutting boards:
sprinkle two tablespoons of coarse salt on the cutting board, then rub half a lemon into it. Let the lemon salt mixture sit for five minutes. Then rinse and let it dry.

Clean the microwave

Steam and lemon perfect combination! If the inside of your microwave is greasy and there are several splashes of food, the combination of lemon and steam degreases, removes dirt, and eliminates unpleasant odors.
Pour half a cup of water into a medium bowl that is suitable for microwaves, squeeze half a lemon, and place the bowl in the microwave. Set the timer for three minutes to boil the water, then let it sit for another five minutes and wipe the inside of the microwave with a cloth.

Giving sheen to fabrics and removing stains

Lemon juice is an effective all-natural whitening agent. Also works well with rust and sweat stains. The citric acid contained in it helps to remove stains and brighten the fabric, but it is good to avoid it on colored fabrics and silk.

Lemon on fabrics:

  • Sprinkle a mixture of lemon water on the white areas of the tennis shoes and place them in the sun
    . Soak the underwear in a mixture of half a glass of lemon juice, 1 cup of baking soda and a liter of warm water for light whitening treatment. Let it sit for thirty minutes before washing it normally
  • Apply a generous amount of lemon juice to the ink stains on clothes as soon as possible, then wash with cold water
  • For the annoying spots that form in the armpits, mix 3 parts of lemon juice and 1 part of water. Apply to stains and wash normally
  • Add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and a quarter cup of lemon juice to the whites during the soaking cycle to liven them up and keep them fresh.

Deodorize the fridge

With all the foods we put in our refrigerator (and sometimes we forget!), We can give rise to really unpleasant smells.

First, use an all-purpose cleaner created with citrus peels, then pour some baking soda into a small bowl in which to add 8 drops of lemon essential oil and place it on a shelf or in the refrigerator door uncovered.

Clean the coffee maker and teapot

A mixture of water and lemon is ideal for cleaning teapots and coffee pots: a natural method that will not even alter the final flavor of the coffee.

Load the mocha tank with water, 3 teaspoons of salt, and squeeze half a lemon. Turn on the fire as if you were making a coffee and you will see that the machine will come out perfect, with no more limescale residues.

Return luster to copper, brass, aluminum, and metal surfaces

Everything that should shine will come back to its own light with lemon, perfect for cleaning metal surfaces and for removing rust and limescale.

Just rub half of a lemon on the surface to be cleaned and let it shine and then dry it with a cotton cloth.

Eliminate bad smells from your hands

Garlic, onions, and fish. If you've been cooking for two days, your hands will have been severely tested. Just rub them with half a lemon, then rinse and dry them. This operation will also strengthen the nails.

Keep insects away

A green method to keep insects away? The lemon! Its acidity does not please the little unwelcome guests.
What you need to do is keep slices of lemon zest near windows, doors, or small holes in the walls of the house. Also, periodically wash the floor with water, vinegar, and lemon to avoid annoying invasions by ants.

Lemon can also be useful against mosquito bites: if you have been bitten, rub a little lemon on the affected area to soothe swelling and itching.

For skin, hair, and teeth

Before going to bed and after removing your make-up, dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and pat your face or rub the lemon peel directly on your face and rinse. This will serve to tone the skin but also to eliminate any pimples.

To give shine to the hair, however, after washing it, pour the juice of two lemons on the head, gently massage the scalp and rinse. The astringent properties of lemon will help rebalance the production of sebum, which is why it is recommended for oily hair.

As for the teeth, lemon is a good help against yellow stains caused by smoke and coffee, but be careful: just use it once a month, so as not to damage the enamel. Pour some lemon juice into a small glass, add a spoonful of baking soda, soak the toothbrush and rub on the teeth.

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