How to Clean Using Vinegar or Lemon Juice

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Vinegar and lemon juice both make excellent cleaning solutions when used in the right formulations. Following a few short steps to dilute and apply your vinegar and lemon juice will ensure your surfaces sparkle.

The acidity in lemons can work wonders on grease.
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Things You'll Need

  • Lemon juice (fresh squeezed with no pulp or bottled)
  • Water
  • 2 plastic spray bottles
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cotton rags
Step 1

Mix 1 part water with 1 part lemon juice. Fill a spray bottle with the lemon solution. Next, mix 1 part water with 2 parts vinegar. Fill a second spray bottle with the vinegar solution. Diluting the ingredients will ensure your surfaces don't streak after cleaning. However, vinegar can be used at full strength on shower stalls and toilets.

Use spray bottles to apply cleaners to surfaces.
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Step 2

Saturate a rag with the lemon solution and then wipe down countertops and stove tops with the rag. This solution also works well in cleaning ovens, microwaves and other surfaces that are subject to grease buildup.

Cotton rags work best when cleaning because of their absorption ability.
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Step 3

Saturate a second rag with the vinegar solution and use it to clean windows, mirrors, sinks and even floors. If you're cleaning tubs or shower stalls, spray walls directly and wipe away. Vinegar removes soap scum and cuts through toothpaste and aerosols easily.

Remove soap scum and hard water with vinegar.
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Step 4

Spray vinegar juice solution into dirty clothes hampers, down drains, and even on carpets or cloth that has mildew. Vinegar is a natural fungicide that will kill mold and odors.

Vinegar can eliminate unpleasant odors in your laundry.
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Step 5

Store your cleaning solutions in the spray bottles and refill when running low. Be sure to shake the bottles well before each use. Use once weekly to keep your home fresh and clean.

Soak sponges or rags in vinegar or lemon and water before storage.
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Tips & Warnings

  • Pouring undiluted lemon juice down a disposal will keep your sink smelling fresh. Avoid using undiluted lemon on surfaces (lemon can be sticky or streaky at full potency).
  • Pour 2 to 4 cups of vinegar in a toilet and allow it to sit for 30 minutes to make hard water stains easier to clean.
  • You can purchase spray bottles or recycle empty cleaner bottles. Be sure to rinse away excess cleaner before recycling.
  • Consider adding a vinegar-soaked rag to your dryer load along with a dryer sheet when washing towels and linens. This will ensure they remain odor free even in humid climates.
  • Soak sponges or rags in vinegar or lemon and water before storage to keep them germ and odor free.
  • As with any household cleaner, avoid contact with your eyes and wear gloves if you have sensitive skin.

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