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10 things you’ve probably never thought of using a lemon for….

10 things you’ve probably never thought of using a lemon for….

Have you ever noticed that so many cleaning products have a lemony fresh scent?
This may not just be because its sharp citrus-y notes feel fresh and clean, but because lemons actually have some ‘super’ powers – they can be a secret weapon in your cleaning arsenal, and help to massively reduce the amount of 10 things you've probably never thought of using a lemon for....chemicals in your home.

Not only are they antibacterial and acidic – so great for tackling limescale they’re also great at cutting through grease,

And that fresh scent of their helps too, because it’s nice when things smell clean as well as actually being clean.

Here are just a few of the ways that lemons can help you out around the house.

  1. Chopping boards – Lemons are naturally antibacterial and great at getting stains out, either cut the lemon and rub it all over the board or you can juice the lemon and just rub the juice straight into the board. If you want a little extra scrubbing power you can sprinkle some salt over the board too. Then leave for a while to give the stains time to fade, or even over night before rising well and drying.
  2. Wipe a cut lemon over shower screens, draining boards and taps to keep limescale at bay, wipe with a damp cloth and gently buff to a shine.
  3. Descale your kettle by adding some lemon slices to it, and boiling. Allow the lemons to stay in there for an hour and then rinse well.
  4. Window and Mirror Cleaner. Simply sqeeze about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice into a srpay bottle and add about 150ml of water. Shake the bottle spray onto mirrors or windows and wipe using a clean cloth. Works just as well as vinegar and smells better! (you can keep this solution for around a week, but it will go bad after that.)
  5. To freshen your fridge. We’ve talked before about how bicarbonate of soda can keep your fridge smelling sweet. The humble lemon can too. Simply cut in half and leave in your fridge, or squeeze and have a small bowl of lemon juice in the fridge. (The lemon or juice will need replacing about once a week, whereas bicarb lasts about a month)
  6. Remove stains from clothing. Rub lemon juice on the spot ,and leave for a while or overnight before washing as normal. Works even better if you can leave clothes to dry in the sun. (don’t use on silk or delicate fabrics)
  7. Can also brighten whites. Soak white fabrics in a dilute lemon and hot water (100ml to 3L) mix and then wash as normal, again works best if fabric can then dry in the sun. (don’t use on silk or delicate fabrics)
  8. Use lemon Juice and an old toothbrush to clean grout.
  9. Lemon is great at cutting through grease so is great for cleaning cooker hoods, hobs and also BBQ’s.
  10. Can be used to clean the toilet too. You can use lemon juice and salt to scrub the toilet bowl or if you want some fizz, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda.

On top of that, lemons are great with honey if you have a cold, makes great desserts (my other half makes a mean lemon cheesecake) and look lovely in your fruit bowl!

Who says it has to cost more to be a little more eco friendly?

Caution – Please do not use lemon to clean natural stone and anything that is brass plated. These things do not get on with lemon.
Also please always do a patch test on any area or clothing first, just to be safe.

Why I can’t call this a ‘Life Hack’

You know there are some words or sayings that for reasons unknown just get your back up?

I have a few…Lush, is one of the top ones.  Oddly I don’t take issue with it when used in its original context… “the jungle was so lush and green” That, I can cope with.  But if you tell me “You gotta try this, its lush!” you have instantly erased any desire I had to try the thing. (Unless its cake…there are always exceptions to be made for cake.)

Another is ‘Life Hack’.  It appears to have become a coverall phrase for a good idea, or a job something can perform that isn’t immediately obvious.  Which is fair enough, but more often than not they are not all that groundbreaking, I saw a great one not so long ago – 10 life hacks using paperclips – No1 was holding paper together…

So rather than Heres some White Vinegar life hacks, Im just going to say –

You NEED white vinegar in your Life!

Humble, unassuming White Vinegar, it can be so easy to overlook this product. It doesn’t have much glitz or glamour, it’s not a hot topic, but it does several jobs really well & can quietly save you a fortune whilst also being better for the planet. Here are a few of the jobs it will happily do for you, no questions asked!

  •  Replace your fabric conditioner (especially great for towels, gym wear and anything else that is designed to wick moisture off you!) Fabric conditioner put a coating on fabric that prevents it absorbing or wicking moisture.
  • Use as a Rinse aid in your Dishwasher
  • Cleaning Windows / Shower screens/ mirrors /glass doors. Streak free shine!
  • Make a fruit & Veg wash. The vinegar dissolves wax that may be coating the surface and removes pesticide residues. Make sure to rinse the food thoroughly in water.
  • Remove limescale from taps /shower heads /draining boards/ kitchen sinks
  • Remove fabric stains (dirt and organic) – Always test first!  Also good to brighten up collar and cuffs and any underarm marks.
  •  If your Pet has an accident spraying with white vinegar will clean and deodorise it. ( Also works when potty training toddlers goes a bit wrong!)
  • Unblock drains. Poor some bicarbonate of soda down the drain, follow with double the amount of white vinegar. when it stops foaming Run some hot water down. Wait a few mins and then run some cold water. Cleans and deodorises.
  • Gets rid of grease from Hobs, extractors, worktops and tables. Mix 50:50 with water, add 3 drops of washing up liquid.
  •  Cleaning inside and outside your Fridge.
  • Cleaning Wooden chopping boards
  • Clean windscreen wiper blades
  • By spraying your car windows with 3 parts white Vinegar to 1 part water will (supposedly, we haven’t actually tried this yet!) keep frost from forming. Far less toxic than Antifreeze!
  •  It’s great at removing wax, from candles to crayons.
  • Super at deodorising,  – for things like lunch boxes or plastic containers, place a slice of bread soaked in white vinegar in overnight, smell all gone by morning.
    For a room, place a shallow bowl of vinegar in the room and the smell will go. Works well for smoke, (aka-  it’s not burnt its caramelised!) fish,  bacon etc.   Or put ½ a cup of white vinegar into a saucepan of water and boil, and let it simmer for a while.

White vinegar can be used to clean or freshen up so many things around the home.  Whilst it does have a smell, it quickly goes as the vinegar dries leaving everything clean and fresh.

Please always try on small inconspicuous areas first as with any cleaning product.
We would love to hear if you have any other uses for it that we haven’t yet found!

(Please don’t use white vinegar on – Frosted glass, limestone, natural stone (i.e granite or quartz)  or marble worktops, metal plated surfaces where the plating is already damaged)

Also whilst we can at the moment only find White vinegar in plastic bottles, we feel that the saving on overall plastic made by using just this one product vs several. Plus the savings on chemicals in the home and water ways. Plus the fact that you can re-use and recycle the bottle. Whilst obviously not perfect is also better than not using white vinegar…

Try White Vinegar round Your Home! 

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