10 Ways To Clean Your House With Lemon

Lemons are great to keep around. Not only do they taste great in dishes, smell nice and freshen up your water, they’re also extremely useful for cleaning around the house. If you’re trying to avoid harsh cleaners that are filled with chemicals, lemons are a great option to sanitize your house. They’re non-toxic, cheap and easy to find.

Whether you want to freshen up your kitchen or even brighten up your windows, you can do it all with lemon. If your house needs a little refreshing, try one of these 10 ways to clean your house using lemon.

1. Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal is starting to smell funky, cut a lemon in half, and add one half at a time with the disposal running. The lemon will help to clean up your drain as well as get rid of any unwanted scents.

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Photo by Chris Winters

2. Keep Away Ants

Lemon is a great natural insect repellant. Spray the affected areas with lemon juice, and leave lemon wedges around spots that are infested. Run a lemon on doorways and countertops. If you have pets or children, you won’t have to worry about anyone consuming a pesticide that could be poisonous.

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Photo by dasWebweib

3. Disinfect Your Counters

Get rid of any unwanted stains or dirt on your countertop by rubbing on some lemon. Squeeze the lemon juice on your countertops and use the lemon as a sponge to rub it in. Let the juice sit until stains disappear, and then rinse with water.

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Photo by Fazimoto

4. Clean The Microwave

Microwaves can quickly get dirty, and they’re not convenient to clean. Luckily, this yellow fruit can save the day. Pour some water into a bowl and squeeze in some lemon.

Drop in the rinds and microwave for three minutes. Let the lemon water sit for at least five minutes when finished to help loosen up any gunk and splatters. Remove the bowl and wipe clean.

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Photo by M0les

5. Wash Glass

Need an all-natural glass or window cleaner? Combine lemon and vinegar to create a non-toxic glass cleaner that you can spray onto windows or dishes.

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Photo by ntm1909

6. Clean A Cutting Board

Wooden cutting boards are nice to use, but pesky to clean when food gets stuck into the crevices. Sprinkle your cutting board with salt, and use a halved lemon to rub the salt onto the board, releasing lemon juice as you go. Let the lemon sit, and then scrape everything off and rinse.

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Photo by jarrodlombardo

7. Restore Furniture

Create your own furniture polish by combining lemon juice with olive oil and vinegar, and apply using a soft cloth. The lemon helps to get rid of stains as well as provide moisture to your furniture.

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Photo by stepnout

8. Clean A Blender

It can be a nuisance to get into the nooks and crannies of a blender, but mixing together lemon and dishwashing soap can help release build-up.

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Photo by Matt Seppings

9. Polish Copper

Combine lemon juice with one tablespoon of baking soda, and rub the mixture into your copper piece until the grime comes off. Finish off my polishing with a clean cloth.

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Photo by StudioRedChile

10. Deodorize Plastic Containers

Plastic containers often pick up the scent of food, and you can get rid of this smell using lemon. Rubbing a container with lemon or washing out with lemon juice can help deodorize your containers.

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Photo by armigeress

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Carina Wolff
Carina is a health and wellness journalist based in Los Angeles. When she’s not writing, doing yoga, or exploring mountains and beaches, she spends her time cooking and creating recipes for her healthy food blog, Kale Me Maybe. Carina is also an ongoing writer for Bustle, Reader's Digest, FabFitFun, and more.

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