• Clare Newmark

10 Easy Cleaning Hacks Using Leftover Lemon Rinds

If life gives you lemons, cut them up and clean your home!

Lemons are my all time favourite cleaners. They are fragrant and a great sanitizer for kitchen and bath. So, when you make your fruit drinks, freeze the rinds on a flat pan to keep them sticking together, and put them in a bag back into the freezer.

Lemons are packed full of acid. This acid is antibacterial and antiseptic, so is a healthy substitute for bleach. The oils in the rind are great for cleaning and polishing as well.

Here are 10 hacks using lemons as a cleaner, air freshener and sanitizer:

Hack #1: Clean your microwave with a couple of the lemon rinds in a bowl of water, set the microwave on high for 5 minutes, remove the bowl and wipe down the interior with a cleaning towel.

Hack #2 : If you still use a kitchen sink garbage disposal, throw a couple of used lemons and a tablespoon of baking soda in and grind away any odour.

Hack #3: To deodorize garbage bins, cool down boiled lemon rinds (about three rinds) add a squirt of dish detergent and wash out the bin.

Hack #4: Faucets can be polished and sanitized with lemon juice and the rind, just wipe them down with the actual lemon in hand, turn inside out to let the rind polish. Wipe with a dry terry towel and voila! Shiny and sanitized faucets,

Hack #5: Make a paste by squeezing half a lemon, and add a tablespoon of baking soda and spread it around and let it sit for 15 minutes in your enamel or stainless steel sink to polish and sanitize it.

Hack #6: Simmer a pot of water mixed with a couple of lemon peels with other citrus fruit peels like oranges or limes, with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, for a few minutes to freshen your living space.

Hack #7: Keeps bugs away! Squirt lemon juice or leave a few fresh rinds where bugs like to go - like window ledges. Wash your floors with a mix of half a cup of lemon juice with a squirt of dish detergent and a litre of water. Sanitizes and smells nice and also keeps bugs away.

Hack #8: Mix lemon juice and baking soda into a paste, rub on your bathroom tiles and glass shower and let it sit for half an hour or overnight to help get rid of soap scum and grime and mold and mildew.

Hack #9: Brush your toilet bowl with juice of half a lemon mixed with a tablespoon of baking soda or salt and a squirt of dish detergent for an environmentally friendly sanitizer and stain remover and freshener.

Hack #10: Keep a few scored lemon rinds in your bathroom or other rooms as a deodorizer. And last but not least, mix 2 teaspoons of lemon juice with 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and use to spray directly into your toilet bowl to get rid of toilet bowl odor.

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