10 ways lemon juice can be used to clean a kitchen from the oven to your fridge
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Many people enjoy a dash of lemon in their drinks or on their pancakes.
However, did you know that you can also use lemon juice as a cleaning hack to get your entire kitchen sparkling?
Home improvement experts Tap Warehouse have researched ways lemon juice can be used to clean.
And it certainly makes for some unexpected reading.
From the oven, to the fridge and the kettle to the sink, you really can use lemons to clean anywhere around your kitchen.
This is because they're a great natural cleaning product due to their natural acid and refreshing citrus smell. The acid is antibacterial and antiseptic and therefore acts as a natural bleach.
They could also save you money, as a pack of dive lemons costs as little as 68p, whereas the cost of cleaning products combined to clean all of the items listed in this article would be £19.75, according to the data.
If bought monthly this would amount to £237 a year, whereas if you bought two packs of five lemons a month it would set you back only £16.32 a year – saving you a total of £220.68 per year.
So what are you waiting for? Check out these lemon cleaning hacks now.
1. Clean your entire oven
Cleaning the oven is one of the hardest and most dreaded kitchen cleaning tasks for many.
However, you can clean your oven in less than an hour using one lemon! First, cut your lemon in half and use the pulp to apply the lemon juice across all surfaces of the oven.
Let it sit for 30 minutes before using a damp cloth to remove the food particles and grime.
2. Get rid of food and grease from your microwave
To do this, you will need to fill a microwaveable bowl with water until it’s half full. Then, slice a whole lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water before placing the lemon in the bowl too.
Put the bowl in the microwave and set the timer for three minutes.
Once done, leave the microwave door shut and let the bowl stand for five minutes so the moisture can loosen the food and grease on the inside.
Finally, remove the bowl from the microwave and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a clean cloth.
3. Descale your kettle with lemon juice and water
Add half lemon juice and half cold water to your kettle, fill until it is almost full.
Leave it to stand for an hour so the natural acid from the lemon juice can breakdown the limescale.
After an hour has passed boil the kettle and the limescale should fade away.
4. Make your sink look brand new with lemon juice and baking soda
First, start by creating a paste with baking soda and lemon juice.
Once your paste has a thick texture get a clean cloth and scrub the mixture into the sink.
The combination of the citric acid in the lemon juice and the natural abrasiveness of baking soda should remove any dirt and grime from your sink – leaving it looking sparkling clean.
5. Make pots and pans grease-free
It can be so frustrating when grease just won’t budge from your pots and pans. However, if you squeeze lemon juice onto the offending pot or pan with a little bit of washing up liquid, then the acid from the lemon juice will do its magic to banish the grease for good.
6. Get rid of smells from wooden chopping boards
If you can't get rid of bad smells on a chopping board, sprinkle a thin layer of salt across it, cut a lemon in half, and scrub for two to three minutes.
After, soak the chopping board in hot water with the juice from the other half of the lemon for five minutes. Then leave to dry.
7. Get your fridge smelling fresh
We’ve all opened up our fridge to an unpleasant smell left behind from certain foods.
One way to combat this is by placing a few slices of lemon on a plate and leaving them to sit in your fridge.
The slices will soak up any smells and leave your fridge smelling lemon fresh.
Make sure you don't forget to swap out the slices every week to ensure they’re fresh!
8. Get stainless steel utensils and appliances sparkling clean
Everyone has stainless steel utensils and appliances which, no matter how hard we scrub, we can’t remove stubborn heat stains from.
However, lemon juice is a powerful natural acid for removing heat stains and streaks from stainless steel.
Grab a clean cloth and soak it with freshly squeezed lemon juice, scrub the stainless steel with the cloth until all marks have vanished.
Repeat the process if any stubborn stains are still showing, then rinse and dry with a microfibre cloth.
9. Freshen up your dishwasher
Deodorising your dishwasher can be a difficult task, however lemon juice can make it easier.
Place a cup of lemon juice on the bottom rack of your dishwasher and run the rinse cycle.
Not only will this leave your dishwasher smelling lemon fresh it will give it a good clean too.
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10. Get rid of countertop stains
We all know how easy it is to get stains on our kitchen countertops and how difficult they can be to scrub away.
Try squeezing lemon juice on top of the stains and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
As lemons are acidic don’t let this sit for more than two minutes.
Add baking soda on top and use a damp cloth to scrub the stain away. However, don’t try this on a marble countertop as it could etch it.
What are you waiting for, get cleaning!
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