Lemon cleaning tips

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Deb Crane Recipe
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Eagle, WI (pop. 1,950)
Member Since Mar 2011
Deb's notes for this recipe:
Some useful all natural cleaning tips using lemon.
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The acid in lemons has antiseptic properties and a fresh scent, making it a natural solution for your household chores. Save money by using this citrus fruit to replace costly cleaning products.

Kill microwave smells.
Fill a heat-resistant bowl with water and half a lemon and zap for five minutes.

Bust dust particles.
Mix 10 drops lemon oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and a few drops olive oil in a spray bottle. Spray onto surfaces; wipe with a cotton flannel cloth.

Attack a stain.
Add ½ cup lemon juice to a load of white laundry, then let dry in the sun.

Polish wood.
If it's varnished: Add a few drops of lemon to ½ cup warm water. Spray onto a slightly damp cotton cloth and wipe furniture.
If it's unvarnished:
Mix 2 teaspoons each of olive oil and lemon juice. Apply to a soft cotton cloth. Use wide strokes to distribute evenly.

Clean in the bathroom. Put lemon juice on a sponge and wipe shower doors to remove soap scum.

Sparkle and shine. This natural bleach and disinfectant cleans brass and copper. Sprinkle salt over half a lemon, rub it over the metal, then wash clean.

My mother is on blood thinners and she bruises easily. She cuts a lemon and rubs the bruises and she said it helps the bruising disappear quicker.

I remember my Mom rubbing halved lemons, after squeezing out the pulp for lemonade, she would rub them on her elbows and said it kept them soft.

Then throw them down the garbage disposal to freshen it.


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user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Feb 18, 2012
thank you so much Deb.
user Deb Crane songchef - Feb 18, 2012
No problem Stormy. :)
user Melanie B MelBelle - Feb 20, 2012
Rubbing cut lemon on your hands also takes away strong odors like onion or garlic.

I zest my lemons before I use them and keep the zest in the freezer for recipes and marinades.

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