You want to keep your home sparkling clean, but you still want to avoid all of those toxic cleaners on the market? The solution is actually in your fridge! Here are a couple of tips on how to use lemons in your household and keep it clean without having to use any harsh chemicals. Besides, lemons will leave the cleaned surfaces smelling refreshing and invigorating.
A perfect way to preserve and refresh produce is with some lemon juice. It helps keep apples, potatoes and pears from browning and brings back the crispness to limp lettuce.
If you are trying to find a way to clean your cheese grater easily, cut a lemon in half and run it over the grater. The secret is that the acid in lemon easily breaks down the grease. If there is a piece of food that is really stuck on the greater, dip a half of a lemon in some table salt and you will get an excellent scrubber.
If you need to remove tarnish from your jewelry, the acid in lemon will help you do that. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 ½ cups of water and dip your silver in this mixture. But, remember not to use this tip on gold or pearls.
Lemon juice creates an acidic environment and inhibits bacterial growth. This is why you should use lemon to clean your cutting board after cutting meat. A great natural way to clean it is to rub some lemon juice on it, let it sit overnight and rinse it in the morning. The lemon juice will not only kill bacteria, but it will also leave your cutting board smelling wonderful.
To remove grease off copper pots, cook tops, stainless steels pots and pans, dip half a lemon into some salt. For a real buildup of grease, use sea salt instead.