Did you know you can use lemons for many other uses than just in food recipes or refreshments in drinks? They are great for cleaning and eliminating unwanted odours around your home, amongst many other things. Here are ten different ways to use lemons for household chores. You can use either fresh lemon or bottled lemon juice for these tips and tricks.
Eliminate Fridge Odours
Soak a sponge in lemon juice and leave it in your fridge overnight to absorb all the odours. Before you do this trick, clear your fridge and get rid of any stale or out of date food that could be causing the odours. This will make this tip more effective and leave your fridge smelling odourless and fresh.
Lemon Peel in Dishwasher
Do your dishes sometimes come out the dishwasher with spots on or smelling a bit strange? Place either a wedge of lemon or lemon peel in your dishwasher. The lemon will help to get rid of germs, remove hard water deposits and dissolve soap scum, leaving your dishes clean and sparkling and smelling fresh.
Get Rid of Tough Stains on Marble
Stains on marble can be especially tricky to remove. To get rid of unwanted stains, cut a lemon in half and dip the exposed flesh into some table salt and rub it over the stain. Only try this tip if you have tried washing the stain and it’s still there, as the acid can cause damage to marble. Make sure to rinse well after.
Refresh Cutting Boards
After cutting endless amounts of onions, meats and herbs, your chopping boards can start to smell. To help get rid of the odours and sanitise them, rub half a lemon all over the board and then wash it off.
Polish Spots on Cutlery
Lemon juice can be used to remove any spots or water stains left on cutlery. Rub them with a bit of lemon juice to sparkle them up and leaving them clean and shiny.
Eliminating Odours from Tupperware
If your Tupperware is stained or smells, rub half a lemon on it then rinse. Leave them to the side with the lids off for an hour to properly dry out. This eliminates bad odours and leaves your Tupperware fresh.
This use for lemons is a custom that originated from France. Take ripe lemons and insert cloves all over the skin. Hang the lemons inside wardrobes or in rooms and they will slowly dry leaving a lovely smell in their surroundings.
Bleaching Delicate Fabrics
When bleaching more delicate fabrics instead of using harsh bleach, trying switching it out for lemon juice. Soak the fabrics in a mix of lemon juice and baking soda for at least 30-40 minutes before washing them.
Removing Berry Stains
Got stained hands from a day of fruit picking? Don’t panic we can help you sort it. Firstly wash your hands with undiluted lemon juice. Wait a couple of minutes then wash it off with warm soapy water. Depending on how stained your hands are, repeat this a couple of times and your hands should be stain free.
If you want to make sure your clothes are a little whiter, add undiluted lemon juice to your wash alongside your detergent. This will also make your clothes smell lemon fresh and ensure your clothes stay bright and white.
So there you have it. 10 ways to use the magical power of lemons to help you out with your household chores. Lemons are a great way to get things smelling fresh and looking clean. So next time you are looking for cleaning products, head to the fruit and vegetable aisle and grab some lemons.