How to clean with lemons

If you've not yet tried cleaning with lemons, then I recommend you give the natural cleaning power of lemon juice a go. Here are some lemon cleaning tips:


How to clean with lemon juice

If using fresh lemons, firmly roll the lemon on the worktop a few times with the palm of your hand to increase the juice you can squeeze out of it.

You can use bottled or fresh lemon juice for various household cleaning tasks such as:

Kitchen sink

As I start every morning with a cup of hot water and lemon juice I then wipe the used half of lemon around the kitchen sink. Leave it whilst I get ready for work and then give it a quick rinse before I leave. It's so simple that I don't even feel like I've been doing housework, plus I really like citrus scents.


Wooden chopping board

Bleach by rubbing with lemon juice, leave overnight and then rinse.


Limescale on taps

Remove limescale by rubbing with lemon juice, then rinse after a few minutes (not suitable for plated taps).


Clean kitchen surfaces

Simply rub with lemon juice then rinse.


Odour control

Half a lemon left in the fridge can get can eliminate or control unpleasant smells.



Cleaning your microwave oven is made easier by heating a bowl of water and lemon slices in it for 30 seconds to a minute. This will also neutralise food odours.


Laundry bleach

For a natural bleach add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to your washing machine’s rinse cycle and hang clothes outside to dry.


Join the discussion

Have you used lemon juice to clean? What about any other food stuffs you have tried? Please add your tips below.

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8 thoughts on “How to clean with lemons”

  1. Thanks for this little guide! I’m a big fan of lemons in my diet (juices, salads, the classic on pancakes…) so to be able to use the fruit, or even better, the leftovers, for cleaning is a nifty little tip.

    Besma (Curiously Conscious)

    1. Glad you found it useful! Please let me know if you come up with any ideas I haven’t included and I ‘ll add them to the list. Thanks for popping by.

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