When Life Gives You Lemons, Help the Watershed

Cleaning can be a burden, not only on yourself but on the environment as well. Harsh chemicals found in common cleaners harm the air we breathe, contaminate our water, and are toxic to our environment. As an alternative, freshen up your household with nature’s cleaning powerhouse, lemons! They have powerful antiseptics, antibacterial properties, and are a natural deodorizer due to their high acidic content. Here’s four ways to squeeze the day the non-toxic way:

  1. Smelly Sink: If your garbage disposal is starting to stink, put a couple of lemon peels down the disposal with hot water and let the garbage disposal run for about 20 seconds. Lemon peels will disinfect and leave your kitchen smelling lemon fresh.
  1. Ring around the Tupperware: If you have stained plastic containers, mix a bit of lemon juice with baking soda to coat the container, leave it on for a couple minutes, wipe it away, and watch the stains disappear.
  1. Messy Microwave: Microwaves may heat up food in a snap, but they don’t always clean as quickly. Get rid of the gunk by filling a bowl halfway with water and the juice of a lemon. Microwave on high for 2 minutes then wipe away with a damp cloth for a squeaky-clean microwave.
  1. Bathroom Scum: Don’t let your bathroom succumb to soap scum! Take a cut lemon and rub it over tile, faucets, and the shower head then rinse and watch the scum slide away.

Try out these tips and we’re sure your house will be smelling the zest.

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