There are few things more satisfying than a clean and fresh-smelling home… and there are few things less satisfying than smelling chemical-laden cleaning products. Using green cleaning products at home reduces the risk of developing asthma, reduces pollution in waterways and in the air, and completely removes the risk of you receiving a chemical burn from accidentally getting corrosive cleaning products on your skin. Plus, you can get your home sparkling clean with items you already have in the pantry! This blog post focuses on one of those items – citrus.
- All-purpose cleaning spray
This healthy, effective spray is suitable for every room in the house and smells great. Put the peels of lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange in a glass jar with any other aromatics you would like – cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, thyme, mint, and rosemary are all lovely options. Cover the citrus peels and aromatics with white vinegar and leave them for two weeks to infuse. After two weeks strain the infused vinegar, dilute it with water (1:1 is a good ratio), then fill a spray bottle and put it to use as you would a regular all-purpose spray.
- Rust remover
If you start to see dreaded rust spots appearing on your cutlery or chef’s knives the simple solution is lemon juice. Fill a tall glass with the citrusy liquid gold and soak the stained items in there for a few minutes. When you take them out the citric acid will have loosened the rust and you’ll be able to scrub the stains off quickly and easily.
- Turbo-charge your dishwasher
Lemons have amazing degreasing and smell-neutralising power. Put a wedge of lemon on the top rack whenever you use the dishwasher and see/smell the difference a bit of citric acid can make.
- Clean your microwave
Cleaning bits of cooked-on food out of a microwave isn’t as awful as it sounds with this trick. Put a bowl of water with half a lemon in it in the microwave and cook it on high for three minutes. After this freshening steam clean all you need to do is wipe down each surface.
- Brighten whites
Lemon gives your regular laundry detergent a boost. Simply add some lemon juice when you run your wash cycle and laundry will smell fresher, stains will come out easier, and your whites will be brighter than ever. You can also get dirty white canvas shoes back to their former glory by spraying them with lemon juice and leaving them in the sun for a few hours.
- Air freshener
To get the house smelling lemony fresh mix lemon juice and water in a spray bottle and give the place a spritz wherever it’s needed. Alternatively, you can boil citrus peels in a saucepan of water to release the oils as the steam wafts through the house.