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Surprising Things You Can Clean with Lemon

Do you need to polish the dining room table, polish your pots and pans, or eliminate a rust stain? Use some lemons! Cleaning with lemon is really effective. The acidic nature and fresh aroma can do marvels throughout the house, plus you can use lemons the same way as bleach. You can also use the peels to add an extra gloss to everything and make it seem spick and span. It has a fresh, clean, and stimulating aroma, and they are affordable and accessible to find. Discover all of the possibilities to use lemons in your house, from your kitchen to your laundry room.

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Different Things you can Clean with Lemon

Your Skin

Combine lemon juice, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and a spoonful of honey to make a DIY exfoliator.

Are you aware that you can also use lemon juice to treat acne? Dab a cotton swab in lemon juice, then use it to any affected spot after cleaning your face. After 10 minutes, rinse with cold water. Do this every morning and at night.

Brass and Copper

Put any kind of salt on half a lemon and begin scrubbing. However, antiques may be tricky, so try on a tiny section first to ensure you don’t ruin anything.


It is surprising how easy to remove even the toughest stains from your microwave with just a lemon and a bowl of water.

Split a lemon in half, then pour the juice into a basin half-filled with water. Then add the remainder of the lemon to the microwave-safe bowl and pop it in the microwave. Set the timer to 3-5 minutes and heat the mixture on the highest heat possible. Allow 5 minutes for the microwave to cool after it beeps. Then, take the bowl out of the oven and clean the inside with a microfiber towel. The steam will blend with the lemon oils and remove all the dirt build-up on the interior of the chamber, removing any unpleasant odours. It works perfectly, and no scrubbing is needed.

Cheese Grater

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Cheese graters are great for shredding cheese but terrible for cleaning. Cheese shards become stuck everywhere, even after being through the dishwasher! Split a lemon in half, then grate the fleshy part of the lemon across both sides of the cheese grater for a simple method to clean it. Lemon oil and juice aid in reducing dairy fat and breaking up any proteins. After a brief rinse, you should notice that the lemon works wonders and prevents you from pulling your sponges apart!

Cotton and Polyester Clothes

To bleach white clothes and brighten the coloured ones, immerse cotton and polyester clothing in a 1/2 cup of lemon juice with a gallon of water. Allow the garments to soak for just an hour or maybe longer, based on how brightened they are, before drying them under the sun. If using a washing machine, you can use 1⁄2 cup of lemon juice instead of bleach.


We’ve all heard of keeping baking soda inside the fridge to combat odours, but did you even know you can do the same thing with a lemon? It’s real! There are some options for doing so. You may either soak a cotton pad in lemon juice and store it in the fridge, keep a small dish of freshly squeezed lemon juice inside the refrigerator, or split a lemon in half and store it in a small bowl.

Replace it once a week or so, whatever way you choose. Otherwise, your fridge funk will be replaced by the scent of rotten lemon, which is not pleasant.

Cutting Board

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When cleaning a cutting board, you need some coarse salt and lemon. Put salt over the whole cutting board surface, then give it a good scrub using a lemon cut in half. Scrub as vigorously as possible, and you’ll notice that food stains begin to fade. At the same time, you’ll deodorize your cutting board! Finish with a little coating of mineral oil to safeguard your board.

Soap Scum

There are various ways to get rid of soap scum in the shower, and one of the great solutions is to use lemon juice! Sponge the lemon juice over the dirty spot, or better yet, squeeze some lemon juice into a spray bottle and spray to a broader area. Allow a minute for the lemon juice to settle before wiping it off with a clean, wet towel. Soap scum won’t survive with the power of lemon’s acidity. Make sure not to use lemons on natural stone. This technique is also effective with glass shower doors and in the bathtub. Just clean off a bathtub with a half-lemon, rinse, then air dry.


Nothing beats the beauty of a gleaming, streak-free faucet that shouts cleanliness. Whether your faucet is chrome, brass, or copper, there’s an easy method to make them gleam using lemon juice. It’s as simple as cutting a lemon in half, and that’s it! Rub the lemon’s juicy portion against the faucet, reaching into all corners and crevices where the acidic contents can cut through oil and release mineral deposits. Wipe everything away with a clean, dry microfiber towel to finish.

Toilet Bowl

There’s an excellent approach to getting rid of the toilet bowl ring with lemon juice and salt only. You’ll need half a lemon to squeeze into the mixing bowl. After that, add some salt and scrape the bowl well with your toilet brush. Put baking soda or borax into the mix for even more stain-fighting power! If you are courageous enough, put on your cleaning glove, then scrape the bowl beneath the rim with salt or baking soda and the juicy part of that half lemon. It works perfectly!

Glass and Mirrors

We do have a glass and mirror DIY cleaner for people who can’t bear the scent of vinegar. Pour roughly a cup of water into a spray bottle with around 3 tbsp of lemon juice. Next, shake the container, then spray your mirror with it. After that, wipe it away with a clean microfibre towel. Use this solution as soon as possible because lemon juice will get rancid after a few weeks.

Tea Kettle

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If you’re a huge kettle user like me, here’s how to descale your kettle quickly – Combine 2 tbsp of lemon juice with 2 cups of water in your kettle. Bring to a boil, then set aside to cool. Empty the kettle, then give it a couple of thorough rinses, and the kettle should be sparkling and clean once more!


You can sanitize your jewelry with lemon juice. Combine 1 tbsp of lemon juice with 2 cups of water. Do not use this mixture with your gold and pearl accessories.

Plastic Food Containers

Rub lemon in your food containers or rinse them with lemon juice if they smell. Put on lemon juice with baking soda to stubborn stains and leave overnight.

Clogged Drain

Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on your clogged drain, then pour 12 oz of lemon juice. The chemical reaction will make the components turn into foam. Pour boiling water over the foam, and the clog will disappear.

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Paint Brush

Have a problem removing the hardened paint on your paintbrush? Just put lemon juice on a microwavable dish and bring it to boil to soften stiffened paint brushes for your next painting session. Remove the brush from the microwave and soak the bristles. Wait for about 15 minutes of soak time before washing in soapy water.

Insect Repellent

Ants, termites, and fleas have strong nasal capabilities, and they dislike the scent of lemon. To keep these insects out, spray lemon juice or lay pieces of lemon peel around window sills, door steps, and baseboards.

Air Freshener

Cooked fish, paint fumes, and litter boxes can contribute to a home’s unpleasant odour. Put a couple of slices of lemon into a pot of water to make a natural air freshener. Cook for approximately an hour, and your house will smell wonderful.

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Garbage Disposal

When you’re done with the lemon, wipe off the garbage disposal with lemon peels or any leftovers for all of these other amazing things.

Cleaning garbage disposal with lemon is a 2-in-1 solution! Lemons can freshen up and deodorizes your garbage disposal in no time.

Save those extra rinds and juice since we enjoy lemons for their delicious smell and antibacterial capabilities. Always remember, it’s only a peel away from a cleaner house!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. I used to grind lemon slices in my garbage disposal too but they don’t really grind them up fine enough; you’re better off not grinding them in there.

  2. These are awesome tips for cleaning with lemons My kettle needs cleaned I usually use vinegar I will try the lemon today smells so much better


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