When Life Hands You Lemons
When life hands you lemons .. open your arms wide and say THANK YOU !
The benefits of using lemon/lemon oil for your homes is simply amazing. Not to mention a great way to eliminate the use of toxic household cleaners!
Most of our household cleaners contain chemicals that over time are a hazard to your health.
Many antibacterial cleaners contain triclosan, a chemical that may increase the resistance of some bacteria to antibiotics.
Lemon is antibacterial and antiseptic, and it acts as a natural bleach. The citrus smell of a lemon is refreshing and invigorating!
Here are just a few things you can use a simple lemon or lemon oil for !
1) Wood cutting board:
-Sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt.
-Using a lemon half with the cut side down, scour the surface, squeezing slightly to release the lemon juice as you go.
-Let sit for 5 minutes, and then scrape the gray, dirty liquid into a small bowl using a bench scraper, and discard.
- Give the surface a final rinse with a clean wet sponge.
You should ALWAYS avoid using harsh commercial Cleaners in your microwaves as they can leave behind a residue , burn your skin , are toxic to breath in and could even trigger an asthma attack!
-Measure about 1/2 cup of water into a measuring cup or bowl.
-Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water. Drop the lemon halves into the bowl.
-Place the bowl in the microwave. Microwave on high power for 3 minutes so the liquid comes to a boil.
-Do not open the microwave door; the steam trapped inside will help loosen food gunk. Let stand for 5 minutes.
-Open the door and carefully remove the bowl with the lemons. If your microwave has a turntable, lift it out and wipe it clean. Wipe the inside of the microwave clean starting with the ceiling and the sides.
-If you come across stubborn spots that won’t easily wipe away, dip the corner of your dishtowel in the lemon-water and scrub until the spot comes away.
While you’re wiping, don’t forget to wipe down the door.
-If you took it out, put the turntable back and you’re good to go — with a nice, clean microwave!
3) All purpose kitchen cleaner:
Most all purpose cleaners contain solvents and surfactants suspected of causing or aggravating asthma symptoms; phthalates; formaldehyde; and ethylene glycol butyl ether, which has been shown to cause reproductive problems such as testicular damage, reduced fertility, death of embryos, and birth defects in animal studies. Some contain morpholine, which can cause liver and kidney damage, and butyl cellosolve, a neurotoxin.
SO SAVE YOUR CITRUS PEELS !
- As you use up different types of citrus, save the peels instead of throwing them away. Add these peels to a large mason jar
-As you collect citrus peels, add them to a large mason until it’s filled at least half way. (This could take a few weeks.) Once the jar has enough peels, pour vinegar over the peels until it fills the jar. Cover your jar with a lid, and allow it to sit in a dark place for two weeks. The longer you let it sit, the more the citrus will infuse into the vinegar.
-After two weeks, strain your citrus cleaner using a fine mesh sieve placed over a large bowl. Discard the peels.
-Add your citrus cleaner to a spray bottle and use it as you would any other all purpose cleaner.
4) Getting rid of bathroom sink and tub drain odors:
Drain cleaners are the most acutely dangerous cleaning products on the market. The ingredients in these cleaners can cause severe burns on the skin and eyes, or if ingested to the throat and esophagus.
If your bathroom sink drain has an unpleasant odor, try this little trick
-Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain
pour a cup of hot lemon juice and Allow the combination to take its course for 2-3 minutes.
after the 2-3 minutes is up, run hot water for 30-60 seconds.
5) Bathroom Cleaner:
The ingredients in most bathroom cleaners used to kill bacteria in these soaps can actually encourage the development of drug-resistant superbugs.
-Simply cut a lemon in half then rub the inner-flesh of the lemon on the hard water stains in your Bathroom
-Allow for 30-60 seconds so the lemon juice can break down the stains
-Simply dry off the lemon juice with a clean cloth.
These are just one of many ways to use lemon and or lemon oil for a more green friendly less toxic cleaning! Keeping your home fresh from unnecessary toxins and your family healthy.