As the old saying goes, when life gives you lemons, use them to clean your microwave.
Okay, that might not be quite how the saying goes, but it is something you can do with this humble citrus fruit. We’ve popped some tips below that will make your cleaning regime much easier between visits from our professional teams.
Shine up your brass and copper
If you have any items that are made from real brass or copper, combining the juice of half a lemon with some salt will create a mild abrasive that leaves a lasting shine.
Pop one in the microwave
You can either put half a lemon directly into the microwave or mix its juice with a cup of water. Heat in the microwave until it’s boiling and then leave the appliance with the door closed for at least fifteen minutes. The natural degreasing properties of the citric acid will loosen up all of the grime, allowing you to simply wipe it away with a cloth or sheets of kitchen roll.
Sanitise chopping boards
If you enjoy cooking, your chopping boards will see a lot of action. Even if you thoroughly clean them, it can be difficult to remove stubborn stains, not to mention microscopic bacteria that gets lodged in the cracks. The solution is simple – slice a lemon in half and rub the juice all over the board, leave it for a while to soak in (overnight if possible), then rinse under the tap. Whilst removing all of the muck, his method will also kill the vast majority of germs that were hiding inside the board.
Removing grout from bathroom tiles and other surfaces can be backbreaking work. Luckily, your friend the lemon hates grout as much as you do, so mix some of its juice with bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. Pop this into a spray bottle and apply it liberally to the dirty areas. Leave it to work its magic for ten minutes, then scrub away the goo with a toothbrush (not one that someone in your household uses, of course).
Countertops, barbecues and bins, oh my!
By now it’s probably clicked that lemon juice can be used to clean practically anything. With this in mind, you can make combos of lemon juice with salt or bicarbonate of soda to get your kitchen counters, bins and BBQ looking fabulous. It really is amazing how well lemon juice removes grime, all while minimising elbow grease in the process.
Keep your lunch fresh
It’s not a case of taking a lemon to work in your lunch box. Instead, clean your plastic food containers with lemon juice to neutralise odours and lingering flavours. Say goodbye to cheese sandwiches that taste faintly of egg, or chocolate buns that have a strange hint of garlic to them.
No more whiffy fridge
This one is so simple it’s laughable. Place half a lemon on a saucer and put it in your fridge. Change it once a week. That’s it. Incredible!
The above tips are ridiculously cheap to put in place and will bring excellent results. However, keeping on top of all of the housework can prove almost impossible for busy people, so we’re here to visit your home as often as you wish. Get in touch today on 01482 880477 for a chat about our fantastic cleaning services.
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