It’s Lemon Juice Day and so, on this day of much-needed lemon appreciation, there is nothing else a commercial cleaning company could possibly write about but cleaning with lemons!
Yes, it’s a thing. No, we’re not joking. Lemon Juice Day is a thing and we at Kent Gurkha are totally here for it!
We’ve all heard that cleaning with lemons is a natural, environmentally-friendly way of keeping on top of the everyday grime and slime. But how does it work, why should you, and how should you be cleaning with lemons?
Read on to find out!
How does cleaning with lemons work?
Anyone that has imagined taking a big bite into a lemon and eating like an apple it will react to the thought. The sour taste acts as a warning sign to us that there is acidity present, and that what we are about to consume quite possibly may be bad for us.
It is this mild acidity found in lemons and vinegar that adds a charge to the stain’s molecules, aiding their removal.
Reasons for cleaning with lemons
Lemons smell good
Lemons have a fresh, sharp, natural smell that people associate with cleanliness, which explains why so many commercial cleaning products are lemon-scented. The smell of lemon also has powerful mood-improving and calming properties, lifting your spirits and making you feel less anxious overall.
Lemons save you money
Lemons cost a lot less than even the most basic of household cleaners. The versatility with the range of cleaning uses they have, from windows to bleaching sinks and laundry, also means that you save money not just on a single cleaning product but a whole array of them.
Lemons have a range of uses
As we have just touched upon, lemons can be used for a variety of jobs around the home.
Need to freshen your microwave?
Need to get that stain out of your clothes?
Need sparkling glassware?
Lemons are natural
And of course, being fruit, lemons are totally natural products. Nothing added that could harm you or your loved ones, no chemicals to worry about and no damage to the planet.
10 handy recipes for cleaning with lemons
If you didn’t realise quite how useful our fruity little yellow friends are, we’ve come up with these ten tips to get you cleaning with lemons right away:
Lemons as a glass cleaner
Make up your own glass cleaning spray by adding one tablespoon of white vinegar with two tablespoons of lemon juice into a spray bottle. Top up the mixture with one cup of hot water (note: hot, not boiling), and shake up to mix well.
Hardwood furniture polish
Mix together half a cup of lemon juice with one cup of olive oil to create a natural polish for hardwood furniture.
Lemons as a cleaning paste
Mix lemon juice together with baking soda to create a cleaning paste which will clean up sinks, surfaces and even ovens.
Use lemons to clean your microwave
Put a couple of slices of lemons in a microwaveable bowl of warm water. Place in the microwave and turn on for three to four minutes. The microwave will be left smelling fresh and clean and you will be able to remove any dirt from the inside quickly and easily.
Lemons as scouring pads
Don’t throw away those lemon halves after juicing them. A freshly squeezed lemon halve and coarse salt make great scouring pads for those stubborn, ground-on food stains.
Clean and disinfect your chopping boards
Chopping boards can be a playground for bacteria. Sprinkle coarse salt across your board then use half a lemon to scour across the surface, squeezing juice little by little as you go to release those bacteria-busting properties. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Lemons as a limescale remover
The acidity in lemons means they’re great for removing limescale. Spray undiluted lemon juice onto limescale affected taps, sinks or shower heads and wait for 15 minutes before wiping off.
You can also add a couple of slices to your kettle, boil it up, rinse and repeat, to remove limescale buildup within it.
Use as a silver polish
Polish silver cutlery and other items by soaking in a warm water and lemon juice mixture for a few minutes. Remove and rinse, then buff for a sparkling shine.
Brighten your white laundry with lemon juice
Lemons have natural bleaching properties which can be used to make your whites bright once more. Squeeze two lemons and add the juice to a litre of boiling water. Soak your whites in the mixture overnight then wash as normal.
Lemons as a degreaser
Lemon juice acts as a fabulous degreaser on stoves and worktops. Squeeze onto a cloth or apply directly to the surface you want to treat.
And finally, here are a few things to avoid cleaning with lemons
Yes, they are an excellent all-rounder most of the time. However, there are a few things that lemons should most definitely not be used for or mixed with.
Natural stone surfaces
The acidic content of lemons can cause pitting and blemishes to occur in natural stones and .
Whilst you can use lemons to clean solid brass, brass-plated products are another ball game completely. Avoid using lemons to clean these as the citric acid will cause corrosion to occur.
Do not mix with bleach
Never use lemons with bleach or any products containing chlorine bleach, ever! Doing so will cause a chemical reaction resulting in the creation of a toxic chlorine gas occurring. You don’t want that.
Dark or bright fabrics
Lemon juice is great for making your white laundry brighter but its bleaching properties can have an adverse effect on brightly coloured clothing or fabrics, creating colour loss, which we are quite sure you do not want.
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