With their fresh citrus aroma, acidic properties and affordable price, lemons make the perfect natural cleaning product for your kitchen! Here are a few ways to incorporate lemon freshness into your cleaning routine.
Use lemon peels to make an organic kitchen cleaner. Start collecting peels from lemons, or any other citrus fruits, in a large mason jar. When there are enough peels to fill the jar at least halfway, pour vinegar in until the jar is full, cover with a lid, and set in a dark place for two weeks. When all is said and done, you’ll have an all-natural, effective cleanser that smells great!
Clean your microwave. Why bother with scrubbing when you’ve got lemons in your corner? Simply cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice from both halves into a small microwave-safe measuring cup of water, throw the rinds in there too, and microwave for 3 minutes on high power. Let stand for 5 minutes without opening the microwave door, then wipe clean, starting with the ceiling and sides. Voila!
Use lemon and salt to clean your wooden cutting boards. To get rid of grease and grime and freshen your wooden cutting surfaces, sprinkle them with coarse salt, then take half a lemon and scrub the surface, cut side down. Make sure to squeeze out lemon juice as you scrub. Let sit for 5 minutes then scrape all the nasty sludge off with a bench scraper (or other scraping tool, like a spatula), then rinse with a clean sponge. You’ll be amazed how clean they get!
No more stinky garbage disposal. Here’s a tip we all know…sort of. Instead of grinding up lemon peels with ice and salt like our moms probably told us, try zesting the lemon into the disposal, letting it sit for at least 5 minutes, then turning on the disposal and flushing with cold water. It’s a new twist on an old classic. (Twist? See what I did there?)
Polish your knives. If your knife set is suffering from rust spots as a result of being put back in the block with a little water still on them, try a little lemon juice with a sponge to polish them up and get them looking good as new!
BONUS: Use lemons in your kitchen décor. Well, this is all well and good, you’re thinking, but where on Earth shall I store all these lemons I’ll need for all these fabulous tips? The best news of all is that lemons are a great way to add a homey yet elegant touch, not to mention a pop of color, to any kitchen. Lemons can be stored in beautiful bowls or fruit baskets on the countertop, or even on your kitchen table as a beautiful centerpiece. Not only will they make your kitchen smell divine, but they will be right there on hand for any cleaning mission you hope to accomplish.