15 tips with lemon to clean everything in the house

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Grandmother’s ecological household products are often multi-purpose. Besides their good for the planet and economic aspect, this versatility is their greatest strength! Baking soda, soda crystals, black soap or Marseille soap are used to scour, descale and deodorize all surfaces of the house. And of course, there is also the lemon juice. The acidity of this beautiful citrus fruit and its antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it one of the most powerful cleaning products available, without taking into account that it can be used in 1001 ways for the household. And of course, unlike white vinegar, it brings a good smell! Here’s how to clean everything with lemon.

1) Clean and disinfect everything with a lemon spray

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Lemon is a outstanding non-toxic disinfectant and degreaser. Enough to quickly make you forget the chemicals of supermarket cleaners which leave harmful traces on the cleaned surfaces, in particular the worktop and the various areas of the kitchen! To replace it and leave behind the toxicity of the usual products, make your homemade recipe. To do this, slip the peels of 3 lemons into a bottle, cover with vinegar and let macerate for two weeks. Then pour everything into a sprayer and top up with a little water if necessary. You can add two sprigs of rosemary for increase the disinfecting power of your cleaner multisurfaces house. And besides, it smells so good!

2) clean your microwave with lemon

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Slide a few slices of lemon or its juice directly into a bowl of water. Then put everything in the microwave for a few minutes. Leave on and give it a sponge. The lemon vapor will melt the fat for effortless cleaning.

3) Lemon to detach and bleach the laundry

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No need for bleach for bleaching the laundry when you have lemon and a little sun! Soak your white cotton or polyester clothes for at least 1 hour in lemon water (120 ml of juice for 3 to 4 l of water). Then let dry in the sun. You can also pour the lemon juice directly into the machine to replace bleach. If you notice yellow sweat stains under the armpits of your white tops, you can rub them with an equal mixture of water, lemon juice, and baking soda. After 30 minutes, head for the machine! PS: The musty and rust stains on the white won’t resist either.

4) To unclog pipes and remove bad smells

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A well-known trick is to pour baking soda into a pipe and then cover with vinegar to unclog it. However, the same can be done with lemon juice, because its acidity will produce the same chemical reaction ! And in addition, it removes the bad smell very effectively. Of course, it’s not the same price, but it’s always good to know if you have run out of vinegar or you have lemon you don’t know what to do with.

5) To deodorize and detach plastic boxes

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Rinsing with lemon juice or rubbing it on the walls is more than enough to get rid of bad odors in a plastic box. And in case of tomato sauce stains, it can also come in handy! To remove stubborn stains, rub with lemon juice and baking soda. If possible, leave for a few hours in the sun and / or a full night before rinsing. Impeccable!

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