It’s a common phrase that we love to use “When life gives you lemons make lemonade”. How do you feel about tweaking that phrase a little? “When life gives you lemons, open your arms wide and say thank you because lemons are amazing!
Lemons are popular in many households and especially during this pandemic I bet you have made Dawa (a concoction of lemon, ginger, garlic and honey) at home to boost your immunity. Lemons, are quite multifaceted in use; we love to juice them, zest them, and preserve them.
However, the wonders of the lemon do not end there, they are fantastic cleaning helpers. Here are a few ways you can incorporate the use of lemon to your cleaning;
- Cleaning your Countertops
Countertops are a hub to plenty of stains. You can easily get the stains off by allowing the lemon juice to sit on the stain for a few minutes. Thereafter, scrub the area with a little baking soda and watch the stains disappear. Make sure not to leave the lemon juice sitting for too long.
- Freshening the Drains
When left unattended drains can produce awful smells into our spaces. By grinding the lemon rinds in the garbage disposal can aid in freshening the drain. In the event you don’t own a garbage disposal, a little hot water with some lemon poured down the drain will also do the trick.
- Clean copper-bottom pots and pans
Copper fixtures can also benefit from a lemon juice cleaning. Cut a lemon in half. Dip it in some salt, and clean spots from your copper. This same mixture of lemon juice and salt, by the way, can also be used in coffee makers, microwaves, and food storage containers.
- Brighten your clothes
Soak your clothes in a mixture of hot water and lemon and then wash as normal. Works best if laundry is then dried in the sun. Please Note Do not use lemon juice on silks or other delicate fabrics. If you are uncertain, try and test a tiny area first.
- Clean windows and mirrors.
Add a few tablespoons of lemon juice and water into a spray bottle. Spray the solution to your mirrors or widows and wipe, your widows will not only be sparkling clean but will smell better as well.
- Sanitize your Earrings
In the event you want to clean your earrings but have no solution for it. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice on a saucer and place your earrings in the solution for a few minutes. Once your done use cotton wool to wipe off the dirt from the earrings.
When cleaning with lemons, test a small spot first. Always rinse with warm soapy water and dry with a clean cloth afterward. Two things you can’t clean with lemon juice are natural stone (countertops, flooring, etc.) and anything that is brass plated, as the juice will damage them.