Monday, May 31, 2010

Cleaning Au Natural

Green, green, green. Despite what Kermit the Frog said, being green can be easy. Many of us are already living greener lives by cutting back on our power usage, growing our own food, carpooling, etc. Another way to "greenify" your life and home is to use all natural products when cleaning - and you probably already have most of them sitting around your home. Over the next few days, we'll show you a few items that can help you get your home sparkling clean in no time.

Today we'll talk about . . . Lemons!

How to use them -

Countertops: Dip the cut side of a lemon half in baking soda and apply to countertop, wipe with wet sponge and dry. Be sure not to use this on stainless steel or delicate stone, like marble.
Cutting Boards: To remove tough food stains, slice a lemon in half and squeeze onto soiled surface; let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Dishes: Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to increase the grease-cutting power of your dishwasher detergent.
Faucets: To combat lime scale, rub lemon juice onto taps and let sit overnight; wipe with damp cloth.
Garbage Disposal: Cut a lemon in half and run both pieces through the disposal. It will clean the disposal and leave a nice smell.
Grout Stains: Mix together lemon juice and 1-2 teaspoons cream of tartar to make a paste. Apply with a toothbrush and rinse.
Laundry: Brighten whites by adding 1/2 cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle for a normal sized load.
Plastic Food Storage Containers: To bleach stains from tomato soup and other acidic foods on containers that are dishwasher safe, rub lemon juice on the spots, let dry in a sunny place and wash as usual.

Tomorrow we'll talk about another common household item that you can use to spruce up your casa.


  1. Amazing lemons! I should dump a couple in my garburator :)

    Visiting from SITS

  2. Great information! Using lemon and orange peels to freshen the garbage disposal is one of my favorite tricks.

  3. Oh those little yellow balls pack a punch, don't they? I love microwaving lemon juice and's such a great way to clean the microwave and it smells fantastic.
    Thanks for the other green tips!