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Lemons-The Earth Friendly Cleaning Products

Updated on March 28, 2011

Green Tips for Using Lemons:

"When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade." - Dale Carnegie

"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” -Alfred E. Neuman

So to satisfy both quotes here are many versatile and green tips for the uses of lemons.

Lemons are a wonderous fruit that has many uses in recipes and around the house. Lemons have been used for over 1,000 years. It is believed to have originated in India. They are a citrus fruit and have a high amount of vitamin C content. Lemons are thought to have anitbacterial properties, are anticarcinogenic, and have antioxidant qualities. Because of its high acid content, lemons are great for many cleaning uses. Lemon juice is the strongest acid food in our homes which makes it a great all natural anti bacterial product.

Lemons are versatile for food and for earth friendly cleaning products
Lemons are versatile for food and for earth friendly cleaning products

Know How to Get The Most Juice Out of a Lemon

Lemons make great earth friendly cleaning products and can perk up almost any recipe. Picking the best lemons:  Look for lemons that appear to be heavy for their size, a smooth skin, and look ‘oily’. Look for ones that are bright yellow in color, with no green at all on the skin.  You can keep lemons at room temperature for about a week.  Refrigerated lemons will keep for about 3 weeks. Lemon zest from the peel of lemons can be frozen for months.

To get the most juice out of the lemons:
  • Lemons are at their juiciest when they are kept at room temperature.  
  • To get more juice out of the lemon you can roll the lemon between both palms of your hands.  
  • You can also rub the lemon  between the palm of your hand and the counter to circulate the juices.
  • You can also microwave the lemon for a few brief seconds to increase the juices.
  • Make a small hole in the lemon with a fork and squeeze out the juices. You can cover the holes with plastic wrap and refrigerate the lemon.

Lemons Have Many Uses As Earth Friendly Cleaning Products

Lemons have so many more uses beyond food recipes and drinks.

  • repel ants by pouring lemon juice in the area you see the ants roaming.
  • room freshener by adding equal parts lemon juice and water to a spray bottle. It is a natuaral way to make your home smell nice.
  • as a cleaner add equal parts lemon juice and water to clean your bath and walls. (always test an inconspicuous area t make sure it doesn’t ruin where you are using it) IT makes a much earth friendlier cleaning product than many of the harsh chemicals that are sold in stores.
  • to avoid freshly cut apples, bananas, pears, avocados and guacamole from turning brown, sprinkle some lemon juice over the fruit just before you serve it.
  • an easy way to clean and remove odors from your microwave is by heating a bowl of a small amount of water with several pieces of sliced lemon for about 30 to 60 seconds. Wipe out the microwave with a moist sponge or cloth and watch the stains disappear easily
  • in your refrigerator leave a half of a cut lemon to neutralize odors
  • for copper, chrome, and brass make a paste of baking soda and lemon juice and spread it on the metal. Rinse, wipe and buff with a paper towel or soft cloth
  • toilet bowl cleaner by mixing a cup of lemon juice with ½ cup borax.
  • lime scale can be removed by using a half of a cut lemon on sinks and faucets. Rinse and wipe for best results
  • as a bleach substitute in the laundry use ½ cup of lemon juice in the rinse part of the cycle
  • for fresher smelling clothes use a tsp of lemon juice in the wash
  • dishes will come out better if you use a tsp of lemon juice to the dish soap to help cut grease on your dishes and pots.
  • drain cleaner make an all natural and environmentally safer way to clean your by pouring baking soda and hot lemon juice down the sink, shower and tub. It is and earth friendly cleaning product and is even safe to use with septic tank systems.
  • garbage disposal units will be fresher smelling when you throw the lemon peels down the disposal.
  • make an eycatching centerpiece by filling a pitcher, bowl or vase with water and sliced lemons.
  • rub lemon juice on your chopping board, let it sit over night and rinse to keep your chopping board fresh, as an anti bacterial, and clean and to keep away any odors. It is an all natural way to disinfect.
  • Mirrors and glass will come out sparkling when you mix 4 tbls lemon juice and ½ gallon of water as an excellent and natural window cleaner
  • to degrease use lemon juice directly on the grease
  • cloths that have tea stains can fade if you mix equal amount of lemon juice with water. Using a q-tip or an eye dropper aim directly for the stain. Rinse with cool water
  • furniture polish can be made by using 2 parts oil, olive or cooking, and 1 part lemon juice
  • you can remove food stains from plastic containers by squeezing the juice over the stain, rub it in, let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse the container.
  • to get cheese out of a grater rub both sides of the grater with the pulp from a lemon.
  • to lighten hair use lemon juice with a damp cloth on your hair and sit in the sun for about an hour.
  • as a hair conditioner use lemon juice and 1 cup of warm wter. Let it sit in your hair for a few minutes and rinse. If you tend to have a sensitive scalp this may not be for you.
  • for stains on your finger nails you can rub on lemon juice to whiten up the surface.
  • for your hands you can get the odors off from garlic, onions, and fish by rubbing both hands with lemon juice.
  • for a sore throat take a half cut lemon and roast if over a medium flame on the stove until the peel turns a golden brownish. Let it cool and mix the juice with a tsp of honey and a small amount of hot water. Drink the warm mixture.
  • If food is too salty, use some lemon juice to cut the salt. It works very well

Lemons have many uses in our homes, in our recipes, as disinfectants, and as cleaners. Think of all the uses for lemons when it comes to using products that are natural for the environment, especially when it comes to choosing earth friendly cleaning products. Reach for the lemons the next time you are cleaning.


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    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for your wonderful tips. My face is sensitive to soap and I also have dry skin, so I will try your exfoliation tips. I love your whipping cream idea also. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and I am so glad you stopped by.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      For at least 25 years, I have the juice of a quarter of a fresh lemon in warm water first thing in the morning and use fresh lemons freely all through the day. I couldn't agree with you more about the detoxifying value of lemons and the lemon drink in the morning performs as a natural diuretic as well. No kidney problems here! (and few others, which is not always the case for someone nearly 80 years old!)

      Another little known beauty tip: In warmer weather, I use lemon for my skin in this way: First a bit of natural oil on my face (jojoba, avocado, almond - etc. or a mixture). Then I squeeze a quarter of a section of fresh lemon into one palm, add enough coarse sea salt to absorb most of the juice and rotate the mixture on my face for a few seconds; then rinse off with first warm, then cool water and dry before adding my lubricants and other skin routine. It is a marvelous exfoliant and brightener,and - in case you're wondering - I have always had dry skin, so, surprisingly, this works wonders. It raises a few eyebrows in the commercial cosmetic world - and dire warnings of damaging the skin. I know my skin best, though and would not do it if that were the case. In very cold weather when the house is dry from artificial heat, I don't use it - but instead, use a good terry wash cloth with plain water (no soap!) to stimulate and keep my skin bright and healthy. For makeup removal - I use dairy whipping cream!

      Thanks for urging people to use this natural health resource, lemons! They are good inside and out! Your hub definitely get my votes!

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      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      So glad you enjoyed my hub about lemons. We need to pay attention to the things nature provides us with that we can use.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you ma'am. I'll get a spray bottle and use lemon more. You bet. Great hub. God bless you!

    • jojokaya profile image

      jojokaya 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for great tips. Nice hubs

    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Hi Edward and Midnight,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I am glad that you find my hub helpful. Looking forward to getting to know you. All the best to you.

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      Haydee Anderson 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      these are great tips and lots of great uses for lemons.

    • Edward Dickinson profile image

      Edward Dickinson 7 years ago from Dallas

      I usually use lemon as an alternative to chlorine bleach. Citric acid is the best non-toxic, eco-friendly stain remover. It always works. Great hub! Thanks for sharing all these useful tips.

    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Hi CMerritt,

      It is nice to know a fellow lemon lover. Thanks for stopping by. All the best to you.

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I like it! I love lemons anyway, I think I will give some of these a try.


    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      We think alike. My next hub is on vinegar, are you a mind reader? Thanks for stopping by. It is nice to meet you.

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      hattersmen 7 years ago

      Lemon is great to clean , but don't forget vinegar :)

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      ImChemist 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this helpful information that i rated it useful.

    • fullboz profile image

      fullboz 7 years ago

      Good, practical information--and very eco-friendly. Thanks!

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Interesting lecture here which i wouldnt have known.Never know that lemon has an anticancenorgenic ,antibecteria funtions.thanks 4 impacting de knowledge

    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Hi Dirt Farmer,

      Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments.

      My other hub about the History of Bathing was nominated for Top of the Class Contest.

      I sure would appreciate your vote today. Thanks

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      Jill Spencer 7 years ago from United States

      Good, practical information--and very eco-friendly. Thanks!

    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by listlady. Just the thought of a lemon smell is refreshing. I am so glad you enjoyed this info

    • TheListLady profile image

      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      Wonderful information - you have covered this so well. And what can be better than a real lemon smell. It's great.

      Thanks a million for all the tips. Oh yay! And rated up!

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      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      It is great to see everyone enjoying the many benefits that lemons offer. I so much appreciate your votes for my other hub about the History of Bathing in the Top of the Class Contest. Please vote for me this week. Thanks.

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Thanks for this great hub. I will recommend it to my people.

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      Betty Johansen 7 years ago

      Who knew lemons were so versatile?! You gave a BUNCH of useful information, but the last tip really caught my attention. I sometimes cook for an aunt who hates too much salt in food. I'm going to have to try a little lemon to resolve that problem for her.

      I voted for your great article on the History of Bathing. Sure hope you win!

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      Linda Crampton 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for a great list of lemon uses. I like to avoid toxic chemicals whenever I can, especially with a house full of pets. I'll be looking at your list frequently.

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      rainmist 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      Not lemons only ,but all of plant.

    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Hi Dallas,

      You are right about lemons and life. It sometimes is about the way we choose to look at things. Thanks for stopping by, it is always nice to hear from you.

      P.S. my other hub about The History of Bathing from Ancient to Modern Times was nominated for the Top of the Class Contest. I sure would appreciate your vote.


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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Perhaps lemons are like life: we can decide if something is good, or bad...

      Flag up!

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      carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Thank you toknowinfo for these wonderful tips on lemons. I'll try some of them.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Wonderful! Nature has provided everything we could possibly need. But not toxic synthetic chemicals - there is a reason.

      When I use lemons - I just put aside the rinds and then later throw them in the bathwater - so refreshing, cleansing and you get a nice oil.

      Great hub with sooooo much information. Thanks a million - and rated up!

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      I love natural cleaning ideas.

      lots of useful tips. thanks.

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Wow, I loved the Hub on Lemons...lots of good useful info, Thanks so much for sharing. I used to love to suck on Lemons...something I don't always share. (ha, ha,)

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      Thanks for these great tips. I never knew lemons could be used for so many things.

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi toknowinfo, great green clean hub, jam packed with great information and advice on the many uses of the lemon on food and has a household cleaner ! And a quote by Alfred E. Neuman, yeps that takes me back to the days when i was a Young dude !

      I vote up and awesome !!!

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      This hub is a bittersweet reminder of natures best toknowinfo.;)

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Thanks for these great ideas. I am going out shortly to buy a bag of lemons.


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