Lemons may be a bit sour but the amount of uses they can yield are pretty sweet. When life (or the surplus in the kitchen) gives you lemons, you can turn them into more than just lemonade with Upstairs Downstairs maid service team’s tips on versatile lemon uses.
Lemons are fairly cheap, environmentally friendly, natural and are also great alternative materials when you run out of house cleaning supplies or other necessary items at home. Our maid service experts share some unexpected uses for this citrus fruit below, just in time for the start of summer.
Use of Lemon Juice In The Bathroom & Laundry
Shine Your Mirrors
The acidic nature of lemons cut toilet bowl-related mildew and, when mixed with house cleaning borax, it can also go to work on stubborn rust stains.
To clean mirrors, you can squirt lemon juice out (about 3 spoons) into a spray bottle then mix with a cup of water. Next, spray the mirror down and then gently wipe with a clean and dry microfiber cloth.
Remove Toilet Ring With Lemon
To clean the toilet, cut half a lemon and then rub the lemon (inner-flesh) onto the toilet ring or wherever you see stains. Allow for a couple of minutes before using a toilet brush to scrub off any stain residues.
Clean Bathtub With Lemon Juice And Baking Soda
Soak a sponge in straight lemon juice then squeeze out the liquid. Now you can use the sopping wet rag to rub down your bathtub
You can eliminate rust and hard water stains from stainless steel sinks by using lemon juice on a microfiber cloth.
If you have scale build-up, mix lemon with vinegar (a 50/50 ratio) and apply it onto the area. Let it sit for about an hour and then you can scrub off the scale with a toilet brush.
Clothes: Brighten Whites
Tough to remove yellowing armpit and sweat stains, wine spills, berries or oil marked clothes can be lifted with lemon juice pre-washes or lemon paste scrubs. Mix little lemon juice, about 1/3 with another 2/3 cup of water and gently run onto the affected stain spot. Once done, throw treated articles into the washer and watch the stain disappears.
Use of Lemon Juice In The Kitchen
Make Edible Art
A few drops and a little squeeze of lemon juice over your fruit salad, will keep the medley from turning brown and provide for a more aesthetic presentation. Apples, potatoes, avocados and pears all perk up with a spritz of citrus when you want to prepare meals ahead of time but keep them looking fresh.
Clean and Disinfect your Cutting Boards
To give cutting boards a good clean and disinfect, just spread some lemon juice on them. Wait for at least 15 minutes before rinsing off the board with water. Lemon juice will also help to naturally remove stains from cutting boards.
Clean your Dishwasher & Microwave
Lemon juice can be used to clean your microwave and dishwasher by adding a cup of lemon juice into the detergent compartment. Let it run through a cycle to naturally clean and disinfect.
Your microwave can be a breeding ground for bacteria plus it gives food a weird taste. To eliminate this, make a mixture of lemon juice and vinegar and apply it to the inside and outside of the microwave. Let it sit for 10 minutes then you can wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.
Clean off your stove burners
Cut a lemon half, then rub one of the lemon halves across each burner. Wipe off the juice and grime with a damp sponge or cloth. This is great for getting rid of any burnt-on items that might be stuck to the surface.
Prepare Odor Free Trash Bags
Lemon juice can eliminate the horrible smell that comes from garbage bags. To do this, you simply need to add half a cup of lemon juice into a gallon bag then seal it up and place it in your cabinet until ready for use.
You can also throw lemon peels down the garbage disposal to help deodorize it.
Living Area and Around the House
Some smells and odors can stick around for days or even weeks even after they have been removed from your home. This is because smell actually “sticks” to the walls and surfaces.
Let lemon oust any unpleasant lingering house smells or odors caused by pets, trash or pungent cooking. Place a freshly cut lemon inside the refrigerator, wipe down microwaves or chopping boards with lemon juice or place a lemon in a boiling pot for an easy and effective natural air freshener.
You can also create a mash bag for freshening your drawers by drying out some lemon peels and stashing in a mash bag.
Clean and Shine Fixtures
Quickly buff up metal, copper, brass and chrome fixtures so that they are sparkling new again with lemon juice and a water wipe down.
Remove dried paint on Glass
First, coat the glass with hot lemon juice, let it soak, and repeat the process as needed. Second, take a cotton ball or cloth, dip it in lemon juice and wipe off paint stains easily. Let marinated for a few minutes to get the best results.
Create an insect barrier by applying fresh lemon juice or leaving small strips od lemon peel on window sills, window edges, cracks, door threshholds, baseboards and doorways to deter ants, spiders, fleas and cockroaches. Add some lemon juice to floor cleaner to further ward off insects and to create a clean and fresh scent within your home.
Personal Hygiene, Health, and Beauty
Beauty: Cheap Beauty Do-All
Lemons are a reasonable and efficient cosmetic alternative to store-bought products. Lighten your hair with a little lemon juice and sunlight; Dot lemon juice on freckles and dark spots daily to reduce appearance; Use lemon juice as an astringent on the face to remove oil and tighten pores.
Hygiene: Banish Bad Breath and Clear up Dandruff
When you don’t have a toothbrush, rub a wedge of lemon on your tongue and teeth to stop bad breath. Try applying lemon juice to your hair before shampooing to decrease unsightly dandruff.
First Aid: Antiseptic and Blood Stopper
Have a minor accident in the kitchen? Grab a lemon to disinfect small cuts and encourage blood clotting.
Health: Recovery Aid
Lemons have antibacterial properties. Gargle with warm water to relieve sore throats and to kill off throat bacteria. Adding lemon juice to water may also speed up the metabolism (while getting the digestion going) and also help you drink more water, which many of us do not get enough of already.
Explore what lemon juice can do for you!