Lemon aid

Commercial cleaning products often have a lemon fragrance because this is associated with freshness and cleanliness. But many people don’t realise that lemon juice is a natural bleach and disinfectant, and makes an efficient and harmless cleaner on it’s own. In many cases you can ditch the chemical product and just use a lemon instead!

Why not try some of these ideas for yourself?

To clean and deodorise your dishwasher – fill the soap dispenser with lemon juice then run a normal wash cycle with the dishwasher empty.

Stained worktops – rub with a cut lemon, leave for a few minutes (no more) then sprinkle on some bicarbonate of soda and work in with a damp cloth to remove the stains.

Glass shower doors/mirrors – wipe over with lemon juice on a sponge, then polish with crumpled newspaper.

Chrome – just rub with a cut lemon, rinse then buff with a soft cloth. For stubborn limescale on taps soak a paper towel in lemon juice and wrap round the tap.  Leave for up to an hour then scrub with an old toothbrush.

Brass/copper/stainless steel – make a paste of lemon juice and salt and spread over tarnished areas. Leave for 5 minutes (no more!) then wash off with warm water and finish with a soft cloth.

Aluminium pans – rub with a cut lemon then buff with a soft cloth.

Laundry – to brighten whites add some lemon juice to the wash cycle.

Burnt pans – simmer lemon slices in water to soften and release the burnt-on food.

Grouting – scrub with a toothbrush soaked in lemon juice.

Fridge freshener – put a cut lemon in the fridge overnight to clear nasty smells.

Air freshener – half a cut lemon in a small bowl makes a good air freshener for the bathroom.

Pet smells – a few drops of lemon essential oil mixed into bicarbonate of soda makes a good deodorizer for carpets. Put some into a sieve and sprinkle over the smelly area. Leave overnight then vacuum.

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