Try cleaning your home with these 5 lemon scented ideas!
Don't you wonder how your mum or grandma managed to keep their homes so spic n span before there was a dedicated cleaning agent or house cleaning services for literally everything? Because God gave them Lemons! The humble lemon has a plethora of uses when it comes to cleaning your house.
Here's 5, do try them and let us know how they worked out for you.
Clean, streak free, shiny, mirrors
Put a very dilute solution of lemon juice and water in a spray bottle and you have a DIY nature friendly, hazardous chemical free glass cleaner that smells citrus-y and cleans the mirrors and window panes in your home! Use like any other glass cleaner. For skylights and windows that are higher up and hard to reach hire a professional house cleaning service instead of trying to do it yourself.
Bugs Be Gone!
Lemon juice and it's smell deters ants, put a few drops in the cracks in the wall that harbour ants
Use a dropper to put a few drops of up undiluted lemon juice into cracks or holes that ants are coming in from and have a bug free clean house! Lemon juice doesn't kill insects like ants but it disrupts the scent trail that ants leave for each other. Spiders are another insect that don't like the smell of lemons. Mixing in a few drops of lemon juice with outdoor paint is a simple tip that keeps insects away while you paint and till the paint dries, so bugs won't stick in the fresh paint.
Polish your furniture to a sheen
Make furniture polish by mixing lemon juice and and olive oil (or substitute a light neutral smelling oil like sunflower) in a 1:2 ratio, use it with a soft cloth to shine your furniture, this also removes scratches! This simple, non-toxic lemon-y furniture polish is easy to do when planning a full home spring cleaning.
Shine Copper, Brass, Chrome, Even The Kitchen Sink!
Shine your pots with little elbow grease
Use a paste of lemon juice mixed with baking soda to shine that copper pot, just smear the paste on the pot and leave for ten minutes, rinse it off with warm water and dry. The same paste does wonders for brass diyas, the stainless steel kitchen sink and the taps in the bathroom. It's that easy to clean your home using the power of lemons!
Lemon Air Freshener
A divinely lemony pick me up
According to various studies the smell of lemons and other citrus fruits is uplifting and helps you de-stress. A citrus note is added to most home cleaning agents for a pleasant fresh smell. Why not make your own lemon inspired home/room freshener? Slice a few lemons and simmer them in a pot of boiling water for a while, it will make the air smell lemon-y fresh. This stove top air freshener also does double duty by acting as a humidifier for the indoors on winter days!
Just one last piece of advice, as with everything new you use in your home cleaning routine, try these lemon inspired home cleaning and other tips on a small, unobtrusive area first to make sure you don't inadvertently damage your belongings. And remember, when in doubt hire a professional house cleaning service to take all the hard work of your hands!