Green Cleaning:"When Life Gives You Lemons... Clean House!"

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Lemons are a great sustainable household cleaning tool, they're kid friendly by reducing the many harmful chemicals many cleaners use today and using lemons can save you $$$$  too .

Below are some easy recipes that use lemons to replace some of the cleaners you use, give it a try for a month and see if they will work for you.

FRESHEN  THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Rid that funky smell wafting out of your kitchen sink by take matters into your own hands, just quarter a lemon, drop it in the disposal, and turn on the hot water. Flip the switch, and it'll be good to go "fresh again.

POLISH METAL POTS AND PANS

Tarnished metal and burnt bottoms have a way of making your cooking pots look old and unclean. Shine 'em up by dipping a half of a lemon in salt and rubbing gently in circular motions. The same will also work  for chrome faucets and grills. Just steer clear of anything brass-plated, which won't hold up under pressure

WASH DISHES

Cut grease on hard-to-clean dishes by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to your detergent. This one's great for that little dish washers who want to help out, but not so good with the scrubbing part yet.

CLEAN YOUR COFFEE AND TEA POTS

Rid your coffee and tea pots of  mineral buildup by slicing lemons and boiling them in the pot. Let  steep for 1 to 2 hours, then stick the pot in the dishwasher. Bonus: Banishing  those unwanted impurities makes for a better tasting cup of your favorite brew.

BRIGHTEN THOSE DINGY WHITES

Revive your  dingy whites by adding ½ cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a regular-sized load of white or "bleachable-safe" clothes. While you're at it, tackle tough spots on polyester and cotton with a stain-fighting mixture that's equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. Rub in the solution (after testing on a small patch), and let it soak in for 1/2 hour. Wash as normal "WOW looking and smelling good".

NATURAL OVEN SPRAY

Avoid toxic chemicals found in traditional oven cleaners. They may work like a charm, but they're hazardous to your health. Try replacing them with a paste of lemon juice, water, and baking soda until it reaches the consistency of gel. Coat the inside of the oven, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse well. Easy and clean "Yes".

EASY TOILET BOWL CLEANER

 When it comes to your toilet bowl, combine ½ cup of lemon juice and a sprinkle of baking soda, and let the magic happen. After 15 minutes, give it a quick turn with a toilet brush, and flush. Fresh as a daisy!

FURNITURE POLISH

Mix a pint of mineral oil with one tablespoon of lemon juice, pour in a spray bottle and wipe down your surfaces really well, now it's clean and shiny .

WASH WINDOWS

Say goodbye to streaking, window grime and handprints with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ cup white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water. Spay on and wipe with that news paper like advertisements you get in the mail every week, a good way to recycle.

SANITIZE YOUR MICROWAVE

 Clean those splatterings by slicing a lemon and dropping the pieces into a bowl or cup of hot water. Turn the microwave on high for 1 minute and immediately give it a couple swipes with a wet sponge. If only everything in life could be cleaned up this easy.

NOW GO AHEAD AND GIVE IT A TRY, YOU'LL BE HAPPY YOU DID!