Lemon Juice: The Ultimate Multipurpose Cleaner

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When life hands you lemons, why not whip up a naturally potent cleaning agent? Lemon juice makes a great addition to your cleaning arsenal because it’s high in citric acid, has a low pH and contains antibacterial properties.

Straight lemon juice is powerful enough to disinfect and remove stains from cutting boards, non-marble countertops, bathtubs and sinks. You can even add lemon juice to your laundry as a natural bleach to make your whites brighter.

Here are a few more ways you can swap out your chemical filled cleaning products with lemon juice:

  • Cut a lemon in half and dip the exposed part of the fruit into a plate of kosher salt. Use it to scrub your kitchen sink, glass shower doors and cast iron, copper, brass and stainless steel pans. To boost the cleaning power of the lemon juice, sprinkle baking soda on the fruit and let it sit a few minutes before scrubbing.
  • Instead of using chlorine bleach to brighten a load of whites, add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the bleach dispenser of your washing machine and see how bright your whites come out! But remember, lemon juice is a natural bleach so don’t add it to a load of colored clothing.
  • Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to a microwave safe container and heat it for 1-3 minutes depending on the power of your microwave. Let it sit in the microwave for another minute or two before wiping the appliance clean. The hot lemon juice vapor will loosen food remnants and disinfect without using any toxic chemicals.
  • Remove stains in plastic food containers with just lemon juice and baking soda. Start by soaking the containers in diluted lemon juice for a few hours. Then add some baking soda and table salt to the water and give them a good scrub.
  • A simple yet amazing way to clean your copper bottomed pans is to mix a small amount of salt with concentrated lemon juice. Stir the ingredients together until they form a thin paste. Use a dry cloth to clean the pan with the paste and it will remove tarnish in seconds with just a wipe.
  • Note: If you don’t have a fresh lemon on hand, you can always use concentrated lemon juice from the grocery store. It works just as well and will store in your refrigerator for a long time.

Photo credits: Leslie Reichert

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