Whilst Citrus Clean may be a leading commercial cleaning company, you can also use a little bit of Citrus to spruce up your home cleaning, and it’s eco friendly!
It’s quite common knowledge that baking soda in the fridge can help manage unpleasant odours, but did you know you could do the same with a lemon? There are a few ways to accomplish this.
Try soaking a cotton ball in lemon juice and leave it in the fridge, leave a small bowl of fresh squeezed lemon juice in the fridge!
You’d be surprised just how easy it is to tackle even the most stubborn stains inside your microwave using nothing more than lemon and a bowl of water.
Cut the lemon in half and squeeze each half into a bowl which is filled halfway with water. Then place the rest of the lemon into the bowl and place it inside the microwave. Cook for 3-5 minutes on high. Once it beeps, let the microwave cool down for 5 minutes or so. Then, remove the dish and wipe the interior with a clean and dry cloth.
The lemon will eliminate nasty smells, and the steam will mix with the lemon oils and loosen built up dirt and grease!
Cheese graters are excellent for grating cheese and horrible at staying clean. Cheese gets stuck everywhere, even after a run through the dishwasher! An easy way to clean your grater is to cut a lemon in half and then ‘grate’ the cut side of the lemon on both sides of your grater.
The lemon oil and juice help to cut the dairy fat and break up any of those proteins. After a quick rinse you should find that the lemon does an excellent job and it also saves you from ripping apart your sponges!
WOOD CUTTING BOARD
This simple trick just requires salt and you guessed it, a lemon.
Sprinkle the salt over the entire surface of the cutting board and use half a lemon – juicy side down – and as much elbow grease as you can!
Scrub as thoroughly as you can and you will discover that food stains will start to disappear. You will also deodorize your cutting board at the same time!
If you’re a heavy-duty kettle user like we are – here’s a handy tip to easily descale your kettle:
Simply mix 30ml of lemon juice to 2 cups water and pour that into your kettle. Bring it to a boil and then let cool. Empty out the kettle and give it a few good rinses and voila, your kettle should be shiny and clean once again!
Sometimes I think I spend way more time at a toilet bowl than the average person…of course because I’m trying to find the easiest way to clean it! Either way, there’s a great way to use lemon juice and salt to rid yourself of ring around the toilet bowl.
All you need is half a lemon, which you will squeeze into the bowl. Then, sprinkle in some salt – and finally use your toilet brush give the bowl a good scrub. You can also add baking soda or borax in the mix for even more stain fighting power! If you are feeling like a brave soul, don a cleaning glove and use the fleshy side of that half lemon to scrub the bowl and under the rim using some salt or baking soda. It works like a charm!
There’s more than one way to conquer soap scum in your shower and one of my favourites involves nothing more than simple lemon juice!
Just apply the lemon juice directly to the area using a sponge, or better yet pour some lemon juice in a spray bottle and use that to apply to a larger surface. Allow the lemon juice to sit for a minute and then wipe clean using a clean, damp cloth. Thanks to the acidity in contained within a lemon, soap scum usually struggles to stick around under lord lemon’s mighty power. Don’t use this on natural stone, just a warning!
This also works great on glass shower doors and even in the bathtub. In fact, I’ve even used a half-lemon to melt soap scum right off a bathtub, just rinse and dry and no more scum.
There’s nothing quite like the appeal of a shiny, streak free, mirror finish on a tap, that just screams clean, and there’s a hassle-free way to make them sparkle with lemon power.
All you have to do is cut a lemon in half…and that’s it! Seriously, just work the fleshy part of the lemon directly on the tap, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies where the acidic juices will cut through grease and loosen mineral deposits.
Finish up by wiping everything away using a clean, dry microfibre cloth.
GLASS & MIRROR
Squeeze about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice into a spray bottle and then add about a cup of water. Next, you’ll shake the bottle and spray your mirror down.
Then wipe away using a clean microfibre cloth. Be sure to use this solution up sooner than later, as lemon juice will go off after a couple of weeks.
We recommend using a fresh lemon whenever possible for these tasks. You can use the bottled equivalent if you need to, but a lot of the value comes from the skin where the lemon oil is contained, so just keep that in mind.