Harmful chemicals can be found in most of the cleaning products that can be found in stores. Using common household items can be used to make eco friendly cleaners that are just as effective at disinfection.
Lemon juice in particular is a great option, since lemons are cheap and there are organic options. There are also no concerns that small children will get into the cleaning supplies. In that case, they’d only be getting more vitamin C instead of suffering dire health consequences. Below are five ways to use lemon juice to keep the house clean:
1. Just Plain Lemon Juice
Since lemon juice contains citric acid, it is good at killing bacteria and eating away mineral deposits. To get rid of lime deposits, let the lemon juice soak on the surface awhile before cleaning it off. Use a lemon half to clean hard-to-reach places such as inside the dishwasher. Rinse any surfaces with a wet then dry cloth afterward to remove the juice.
2. Lemon Juice and Salt
This eco friendly cleaner is great for really nasty places, like inside the kitchen sink or on wooden cutting boards. Bacteria love to congregate in these places. Mix lemon juice and salt until it is about as thick as toothpaste and use it to scrub down surfaces. This also works well for brass, copper, and stainless-steel as well.
3. Lemon Juice and Baking Powder
Food-encrusted pans and dirty ovens are no match for this match. A paste made with lemon juice, baking powder and water will get rid of stubborn residue, after letting it sit for fifteen minutes or so.
4. Lemon Juice and Vinegar
Lemon juice and vinegar is another good choice for disinfecting surfaces. It’s also perfect for cleaning windows. Combine two tablespoons of lemon, a half cup of white vinegar and a quart of water.
5. Lemon Rinds and Spices
Even if you do laundry a lot, cloth absorbs a lot of smells, especially in the kitchen. To disinfect and freshen the air, put lemon rind, a teaspoon of whole cloves and a teaspoon of rosemary in a pot of water. Bring to a boil, and skip the plug-in air fresheners with this eco friendly, more sustainable option.