5 Ways to Clean Your House with a Lemon

5 Ways to Clean with a Lemon

The humble lemon. The small yellow fruit looks so simple, but it has so many uses!

I often keep lemons on hand to squeeze into my water, but I never just throw the squeezed lemon into the garbage! There are so many ways you can use lemons in your everyday household cleaning.

Lemons smell bright and fresh, and they have innate antibacterial properties, so they are the perfect thing to have on hand for natural cleaning!

  • The first thing I always do with a squeezed-out lemon is to run it over the all the fixtures in my kitchen and bathroom — the faucets and the sinks. Run the lemon over all the surfaces – the citric acid will shine your fixtures right up! Just make sure to rinse the surface with water and dry with a soft towel after. This will make the fixtures shine for days!
  • Have a dirty cutting board? Questionable stains? Rub pure lemon juice into the cutting board and  let it sit for 6 hours. For really nasty stains, add lemon juice and then leave it out in the bright sun. Stains will fade and germs will be eradicated! Make sure to rinse well after this treatment.
  • Tackle the nastiest part of the house – the toilet bowl. Add a generous amount of pure lemon juice to the bowl, and scrub with a toilet brush. It will both disinfect and help the bathroom stay fresh smelling.
  • Rid the microwave of built-up odors. Place half a lemon in a bowl with 8 ounces of water and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Wipe down the inside of the microwave with a damp cloth to get sticky stains and smells out.
  • Use a solution of 1 part pure lemon juice to 3 parts water and spray on windows and glass with a spray bottle. It will make your windows shine and sparkle!

So keep a lemon on hand! Lemons make an inexpensive and most importantly, non-toxic cleaner for every room in the house.

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  1. Janet W. says

    Thanks for posting about these uses of a lemon! I’ve heard of the microwave trick before and do that already. I’ve never tried it in the toilet bowl. I’ll have to try that soon.

  2. Starla Bates says

    What a wonderful post. I love lemon as well, but I definitely did not know of all of these uses. I love the idea of putting it in the microwave. I hate that the odors in there do linger,gross! I love lemon,too, as a little mask for your face.. it helps wonderfully with dark spots/freckles 😉

  3. M.Clark says

    This is a great list of ways to clean house using lemon, I didn’t know it was so potent. Thank you for sharing this list.

  4. Dorothy Teel says

    How cool, I would of never thought of this all I have used lemon juice to brighten hair and it makes me feel like it works, I have used lemon juice to clean mirrors, but never thought of it to get stubborn odors out of the microwave will do that ASAP, I hate the smell that popcorn makes when cooked in the microwave. Thank you for sharing

  5. Julie Wood says

    I really like these tips in how to clean with a lemon. I like the tip in using a lemon to clean my sink and bathroom faucets. I never thought of this. And cleaning my cutting board with lemons is awesome. I will try it.

  6. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says

    i like the microwave tip. going to try that next week! my microwave gets so dirty very fast

  7. says

    I’ve never tried the window tip before, I think I will when I tackle spring cleaning this year. I should try it in the toilet too, ours can get pretty nasty 😛

  8. tamra gibson says

    WWWOOOWWWW Now I will be on a lemon buying splurge-lol I love the smell of lemon and you pointed out some other good uses for it that I think would make some of my cleaning easier Thanks for sharing

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