What does a Garden Gnome do when she is not gardening, in the kitchen or doing genealogy? Well the answer might just surprise you so read the entries to find out more. This blog focuses on everything we do to make our house a home. There will be a strong emphasis on home energy efficiency and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. At the same time there will also be crafts, knitting and crocheting projects along with any other little tips we do to create that down to earth, I want to be here home. Please enjoy your visit :)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Household Uses for Lemons

Lemons are naturally high in acidity making them a low cost, eco-friendly and healthy alternative to cleaning with harsh chemicals. Here's a few ways lemons can be used:

  • Pour lemon juice where ants are found to get rid of them.
  • Mix lemon juice with borax for a powerful toilet cleaner.
  • Place sliced lemon in the refrigerator to absorb food odours.
  • Mix lemon juice with baking soda. Rub on chrome or copper and let set for a few minutes. Wipe off with a clean cloth for a clean shine.
  • Use lemon juice as a natural air -freshener and mood lifter.
  • Cut a lemon in half then run it over a chopping block to disinfect.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto stained surfaces. Let sit for 20 minutes then rinse.
  • Sprinkle salt on a lemon wedge with a gentle scrubbing to shine the interior of copper cookware.
  • Add a ½ cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to brighten whites.
  • Spray stained white socks with lemon juice then hang in the sun to remove the stains.
  • Run a half lemon through the garbage disposal to clean and freshen it.
  • Put ¼ cup of lemon juice in the soap dispenser of the dishwasher and run through the normal cycle to remove mineral deposits.
  • Use lemon juice to clean grout around tiles.
  • Rub lemon juice on brass to remove tarnish.
  • Apply lemon juice with a sponge on glass shower doors to clean to a sparkling shine.

Garden Gnome


Annabelle said...

WOW. I had no idea you could use lemon for so many uses!

Garden Gnome said...

Hi Annabelle and thanks for visiting. The best part about using lemons is it is a natural, non-toxic method :)