15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Clean with Lemon
From tough stains to clogged drains, lemons are the cleaners you didn’t know you needed. Take advantage of the surprising benefits of cleaning with lemon.
Clean brass and copper
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Sprinkle salt (any kind) on half of a lemon and start scrubbing. Antiques can be tricky though—test this method on a small portion first to make sure you’re not causing any damage. Check out more genius housecleaning tips from professional cleaners.
Remove gunk from a cheese grater
Cleaning graters can be a daunting—not to mention dangerous—task. Run half a lemon down the side of the grater to remove food particles, then rinse with warm, soapy water. The utensil gets cleaned and your fingers stay uncut. You can use a lemon to clean grills the same way. Find out more simple secrets of people who always have clean homes.
Use lemons in lieu of bleach to brighten clothes
Soak cotton and polyester clothes in a lemon juice/water mixture (½ cup of juice per gallon of water) to bleach whites and brighten colors. Keep the clothes in for an hour or longer, depending on how much they need to be brightened, then dry them in the sun. You can also substitute a half cup of lemon juice for bleach when using a washing machine.
Keep your fridge smelling fresh
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Leave a half lemon on a saucer in your fridge to keep foul odors at bay. Here are some more simple home items that make great deodorizers.
Sanitize earrings and other jewelry in 1½ cups of water and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Just don’t use this method with gold or pearls.
Deal with a clogged drain
If you pour half a box of baking soda and 8-12 ounces of lemon juice down a drain, a chemical reaction will turn the ingredients into foam. Add boiling water to rinse out the foam, and your clog disappears. Find out the most common cleaning myths you need to stop believing.
Exfoliate your face for glowing skin
Make a homemade exfoliant with juice from half a lemon, one tablespoon of olive oil, a ½ cup of granulated sugar, and a tablespoon of honey. Lemon juice can also fight acne. After washing and drying your face, dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply it to the affected area. Rinse with cool water after ten minutes. Do this in the morning and before bedtime.
Freshen up plastic food containers
If your food containers smell, rub a lemon in them or rinse with lemon juice. For bad stains, add lemon juice and baking soda and let it sit overnight. Also, try these 43 extraordinary uses for household staples you already own.