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Cleaning with lemon: all the things you can clean using lemon

Read on to discover our simple guide to nine ways you can use lemon as a cleaning agent.


half a lemon on the kitchen countertop

Key steps

  • Use lemons to remove odors from your refrigerator.

  • Use lemon and baking soda to clean sinks.

  • Use lemon and salt to clean a wooden chopping board or shine your chrome.

  • Use water and lemon to clean grime from your kettle, microwave or oven.

When life gives you lemons, it's time to get cleaning! The humble lemon is bursting with antibacterial and deodorizing properties, so why not read below for our hacks for using lemon as a cleaning agent. For more cleaning advice, check out our tips for using disinfectants in the kitchen and bathroom.

As well as lemons, there are some other items you should have in stock at home ready to use alongside them. These include baking soda and salt.

What can you clean with lemon juice? Your guide to cleaning with lemon

Read on for our top hacks for cleaning with lemon juice.

  1. Is your wooden chopping board smelly or stained? You'll need a little salt and one lemon for this hack!

    • Start with a small sprinkle of salt, ensuring you cover the surface of the board.

    • In any stained areas, add an extra layer of salt.

    • Chop the lemon in half.

    • Use the lemon to rub the salt over the surface.

    • As the juice and salt mix they will lift the stain and remove any lingering odors.

    • Rinse the surface with fresh water.

  2. Keep nasty fridge odors at bay with a lemon deodorizer.

    • Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl.

    • Alternatively, cut a lemon in half and place the two halves onto a plate.

    • Place the bowl or plate onto the bottom shelf of your fridge.

    • Leave it inside for around one week before replacing.

  3. Dealing with limescale in your kettle? Here’s how to clean an electric kettle with lemon:

    • Mix 2 tbsp of lemon juice in 2 cups of cold water.

    • Pour your mix into the kettle.

    • Bring to a boil.

    • Allow the water to cool.

    • Empty the kettle, then rinse thoroughly with fresh water.

  4. Need to polish your furniture? Lemon can help!

    • Mix 1 cup of olive oil with ½ cup of lemon juice.

    • Use this to polish your wooden furniture. But remember, this should only be used on hardwood.

  5. It’s not just wood which lemon works well for. Here’s how you can achieve a great shine to your windows and mirrors:

    • Add 7 tsp lemon juice to 1 cup of cold water.

    • Add your mix to a spray bottle.

    • Spray your windows or mirrors.

    • Use a sponge cloth to wipe down for a streak-free finish.

  6. Bring the shine back to your bathroom sink with lemon juice and baking soda.

    • Ensure your sink is fully dry.

    • Sprinkle a layer of baking soda onto your sink.

    • Using the fleshy side of half a cut lemon, rub the surface of the sink.

    • This process will polish the sink surface.

    • Rinse with fresh water.

  7. A shiny sink won’t look good with dull taps! Make chrome fixtures look as good as new using salt and lemon.

    • Cut a lemon in half.

    • Dip it into salt.

    • Use this to scrub taps and other chrome surfaces.

    • Wash off and smile at your reflection in the shiny finish.

  8. From your bathroom to your kitchen, here’s how to clean microwave using a lemon:

    • Place ½ cup water into a microwave safe bowl.

    • Cut a lemon in half.

    • Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the water, then place the lemon in too!

    • Pop your bowl into the microwave on high for 3 minutes.

    • Once finished, leave the door shut for a further 5 minutes.

    • Remove your bowl and wipe down the interior of the microwave with a damp cloth.

    • This will also remove any lingering odors!

    • If you have stubborn marks, use the flesh of the lemon to wipe the surface of the microwave before wiping with the cloth.

  9. Your microwave isn’t the only cooking appliance you may wish to clean. Here’s how to clean the oven with lemon.

    • Cut 2 lemons in half.

    • Squeeze the juice from all four haves into a baking dish and pop the lemons in too!

    • Add water until your dish is 1/3 full.

    • Place your dish into the oven and cook at 250 °F for a half hour.

    • Turn off the oven.

    • Allow to cool.

    • Wipe down the interior surface with a damp cloth or paper towel.

With this simple guide, you’re equipped with nine ways of cleaning with lemon – so you can restore your home with a little zest in no time at all!

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