Did you know that there are uses of lemon juice and lemons around the home besides for cooking and making lemonade? In this article you will learn how to use this natural cleaing product for cleaning and stain removal throughout your home.
Lemons, and their juice, have been used for stain removal and cleaning for a long time.
The reasons for this include that lemons are plentiful and generally inexpensive, they smell wonderful, and their natural acidity and essential oils mean they can clean and deodorize certain types of items really well.
Often the homemade cleaning recipes that use lemons or their juice are meant for items in your kitchen, where you don't want to use harsh chemicals if they are possible to avoid, since you don't want to accidentally ingest those chemicals later.
In addition, many recipes you see suggest using the juice from one or two lemons.
I personally often purchase some lemon juice just for cleaning, instead of using a whole lemon.
If you wish to do this too a good rule of thumb when you see such a recipe calling for a whole lemon is that three tablespoons of lemon juice is equivalent to the juice of a medium lemon.
As I mentioned above many of the cleaning recipes I have collected which use lemons involve cleaning up the kitchen.
For example, one of the uses of lemon juice is to clean your microwave using the power of steam and the acidity of the lemon juice to loosen dried on gunk inside your microwave.
In addition, lemons are often used in conjunction with salt, another natural cleaner, for kitchen cleaning.
The salt is used as the gentle abrasive, while the lemon juice cuts grease and deodorizes.
Some examples of using lemon juice and salt combined, for cleaning, include:
Lemons are also often used for their scent in cleaning products, along with its ability to deodorize.
For example, you can freshen a cutting board with lemon juice to remove lingering odors.
You can also add lemon juice to natural window cleaner to add a nice scent.
Finally, sometimes the rind of the lemon, which contains essential oils within it, is used to deodorize, such as when lemon peels are placed into the garbage disposal to freshen it.
Here are additional cleaning recipes on this site which suggest using lemons or lemon juice:
In addition to cleaning another of the uses of lemon juice is stain removal, generally for washable fabrics.
Typically lemon juice is used as a natural bleaching agent, because of its acidity, to help remove the stains.
Here are some examples on this site where lemon juice is suggested as a stain remover:
Of course, just like any other juice, lemon juice can actually cause stains sometimes, instead of removing them.
If that happens you can use these lemon stain removal instructions to get those stains out.
I feel like I have only scratched the surface of the uses of lemon juice in your home for cleaning and stain removal.
You can submit your own tip for cleaning with this natural ingredient here, or read tips already submitted.
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Hi, I'm Taylor, a busy mom with 3 kids, so I have lots of hands on experience with house cleaning, laundry and my fair share of spots, spills and other messy catastrophes. Thanks for visiting my site.
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CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.
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