When life hands you lemons….CLEAN!

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I’m trying to become more environmentally responsible since my youngest son read me the riot act about not “living green.” He says I am living blue which makes this old earth very unhappy. He’s right too. I use too many chemicals, don’t recycle, use too much plastic, etc. So I’m trying to do one thing each month to add a little yellow to the blue so I can be part of the “green team.”

Enter lemons (I think blue and yellow may green). I buy them by the bag and my house is beginning to smile. The citrus smell of a lemon is refreshing and invigorating. The smell of a lemon has come to symbolize cleanliness which is why most cleaners in the market today have a lemon or citrus version.

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Did you know that lemons are acidic and can provide some antibacterial and antiseptic properties for cleaning.

Clean copper-bottomed pots and pans with lemon juice. Copper fixtures can also benefit from a lemon juice cleaning. Cut a lemon in half. Dip it in some salt, and clean spots from your copper.

Vinegar can be a great cleaning ingredient, but many people dislike the vinegar smell. Adding lemon juice to vinegar when cleaning can help neutralize the vinegar smell.

Countertop stains can be removed by allowing lemon juice to sit on the stain for a few minutes. Scrub the area with baking soda and watch the stains disappear. Don’t leave the lemon juice sitting for too long. It can be powerful stuff.

Lemon rinds can be ground in the garbage disposal to freshen the drain. Hot water with a little lemon poured down a drain will also freshen the drain.

Lemon juice acts as a natural bleaching agent. Put lemon juice onto white linens and clothing and allow them to dry in the sun. Stains will be bleached away.

Finally, you can mix one cup of olive oil with 1/2 a cup of lemon juice to use as a nourishing wood furniture ‘polish’ (dump what’s left over on your salad). Unlike a traditional polish which sits on the top of the wood, this recipe will penetrate the wood and feed it.

So there. Are you convinced?

Chores done, I’m off to make up a pitcher of lemonade and celebrate the end of summer.

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