When life gives you lemons, clean with them! But not just yet. Before you waste your lemons we’ve put them to the test! Let’s see if they’re really up to the job. From Cleaning the microwave to restoring your grout. Are lemons about to be your new cleaning must-have?
We’ve selected 5 out of 20 possible cleaning uses for lemons as put together by Taste Of Home, read on to see how we found it!
1. Clean The Microwave
What to do: Remove crusty, caked-on gunk by microwaving a bowl of water and fresh lemon juice (or rinds) for 3 to 5 minutes or until boiling. Wait another 5 minutes before opening the door; this allows the steam to do its work on the walls. Finally, remove the lemon water and wipe down the inside walls of the microwave.
Verdict: It works! I was unsure about this, as I had recently given the microwave a clean and the splashes on food on the top of the microwave just didn’t seem like they were moving for anyone! Especially not with just some lemon juice steam. But to my surprise, it worked! And it did it a great job too! I simply removed the bowl and took a dry, firm Scrub Daddy (I used the Lemon Fresh as it just seemed fitting) and the dirt from the top just wiped away!
2. Remove Stubborn Stains From Containers
What to do: To get rid of the residue of last week’s spaghetti left on your Tupperware, rub lemon juice on the stains. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Verdict: It works! For this one, I simply rubbed and a wedge of lemon all over my stained Tupperware and left it for 15 minutes. When I went to scrub it the staining had definitely lifted but was still there a little! However, my Tupperware has been stained for some time! I suggest using this hack on plastic that you have not washed yet before it really sets in!
3. Restore Your Grout
What to do: The natural acidity in lemons is perfect for tackling any dirt or discolouration in your grout. Spray lemon juice on the target area and let sit for at least 10 minutes before scrubbing.
Verdict: It works! Now, this I was super excited for! I tested on a small area, to begin with, and now I can’t wait to do my whole bathroom! Our bathroom grout has discoloured over the years, with purple shampoo, hair dye and other products splashing all over the tiles. The usual bathroom cleaners don’t seem to tackle the grout, but wow! This worked so well! I used my firm Scrub Daddy after leaving the lemon juice to sit for 10 minutes and they came up nearly good as new!
4. Clean The Oven
What to do: Fill an oven-safe baking dish with water and lemon juice, then bake for 30 minutes at 120 degrees, once the water boils turn the oven off and keep the door closed. After the oven has cooled, remove the dish and sponge any remaining grime from the oven’s interior.
Verdict: It works! I was unsure how likely I would be to use this hack in the future, even if it worked. Waiting for the water to boil, and then cool before even starting the cleaning seemed like it made the process much longer than it needed to be! But I was very wrong! After waiting for the oven to cool I gave it a wipe with just my dry Scrub Daddy and the amount of grease that lifted off was incredible! It really did loosen everything up. If you’ve been neglecting your oven and you know it’s going to take some hard work, I suggest you do this before going in with any products!
5. Make Your Pots Gleam
What to do: Sprinkle some coarse salt on the cut side of a lemon and rub all over any copper, aluminium or brass kitchenware. Rinse well and dry. This will revive tarnished spots in seconds!
Verdict: It works! The copper base of this saucepan was dull and tarnished, but I assumed that was just how it would stay! After all, it’s about 30 years old! But no, a quick once over with a salty lemon wedge and it was shiny and smooth, good as new!
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