How to Use Lemons to Clean Your Home

Looking for a great smelling, non-toxic cleaner for your home? Look no further than your fridge! Here are 10 quick tips on how to use lemons (instead of harsh chemicals) to clean your kitchen, bath, and everything in between.

Amanda Thomas
4-minute read
Episode #99


Clean living. Green cleaning. Non-toxic homes.

These topics have been gaining in popularity steadily over the past few years - and for good reason. People are realizing that using harsh, toxic chemicals to clean their homes is less than ideal.  

Thankfully, sometimes the best choices for non-toxic cleaning are right in front of our noses…or in the refrigerator. While we usually look to lemons as something to juice for lemonade or spritz on our fish, the truth is that lemons are a powerful cleaning agent. You can replace almost all heavy-duty chemical cleaners with the average little lemon.

Here are my 10 Quick and Clean Tips on cleaning your home with lemons:

Tip #1: Substitute Lemon Juice for Bleach

Adding a cup of lemon juice to your laundry replaces chlorine bleach and does an even better job of whitening. It also leaves a refreshing, lemony scent on your clothing. Doesn’t that make you happy just thinking about it? Plus, which would you rather accidentally spill on yourself - lemon juice or bleach? Exactly!

Tip #2: Clean Shower Doors

Cutting through hard water deposits is easy with lemon juice. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it over your glass shower doors to remove gunk and build-up. If you prefer, you can also squeeze lemon juice directly on a sponge and then scrub the tough spots.  Adding a bit of Borax to the sponge or surface of the cut lemon helps scrub away those really stubborn, hard water stains. Rinse with warm water and your doors will shine and smell wonderful!

Tip #3: Shine Your Faucets

You can use the other half of that cut lemon to clean and shine chrome faucets and knobs on your sink, shower, and tub. Rub the cut lemon directly onto the faucets until spots and stains are removed. Your fixtures will look bright and shiny!

Tip #4: Deodorize and Clean the Dishwasher

Does your dishwasher have a funky smell to it? Lemon juice can take care of that. Add one cup of lemon juice to a coffee cup or other dishwasher safe container and put on the bottom rack in the dishwasher. Run the rinse cycle. Once finished, your dishwasher will not only be deodorized but clean, too! That lemon juice will do double duty on your dishwasher.