Useful uses for the humble lemon 2.

Furniture Polish.

The limonene in the lemon’s essential oils can dissolve the different types of grime that build up on wooden furniture. This include old furniture polish, wax, fingerprints & general dust & dirt. To make your own furniture polish mix together in a sealable container, 250 ml/8 fl oz olive oil with 120 ml/4 fl oz cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice strained so that there are no lumps of lemon pulp. Dab a little of your mixture onto a clean cloth and polish the furniture in the normal way. The lemon juice is great for grime busting & the olive oil also gives wooden furniture a lovely shine & nourishes the wood too, it can also be used for bringing a shine to hard wood floors.

Odour removal from wooden surfaces.

Wood surfaces & chopping boards can harbour harmful germs & soak up unpleasant smells. By rubbing half a lemon liberally over the surface of the chopping board or work surface, leave to dry completely, rinse off with cold water, this will disinfect the surface and remove lingering smells. Do not use this on highly polished wooden furniture the lemon is too acidic.

Kitchen Appliances.

How many of you buy dishwasher fresheners & cleaners? Using half a lemon gives just as good a result. Cut the lemon in half & impale onto one of the prongs inside the dishwasher, the acid from it will degrease the appliance & the fresh lemon smell will linger for several days.

Microwave Cleaner.

Microwaves are great for lingering smells, and every time you use your microwave the smells accentuate. Placing one or two slices of lemon in a cup of water placed inside the microwave on high for 30 seconds will help clean it, the lemon will be steamed in the microwave & all that is required is a clean dry cloth to wipe away any excess steam. Want an alternative way to freshen up your microwave, make a paste of 1 tsp white vinegar, 50 ml/2 fl oz/1/4 cup of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and 6 drops of lemon oil. Apply this paste to the inside of the microwave, then rinse with cold water. If you leave the door open for a while then the air will help to dry your clean, bacteria free microwave.

Oven cleaner.

You can use the bicarbonate of soda & lemon juice mix inside the oven, lemons contain natural lemon oil & acid the boost the cleaning process by dissolving grease. Make sure your oven is completely cool before you apply the lemony bicarbonate of soda. Good proportions to make ideal paste are, 2 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda to 250 ml/8 fl oz of water, to mix add the juice of a whole lemon

Bathroom.

By rubbing lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda round your toilet seat and bowl will not only disinfect & remove stains from your toilet seat & basin, but leave a fresh smell in your bathroom.

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