Monday, May 9, 2011

Use this instead: Lemons

The acid in lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains and makes a great scouring paste when mixed with salt.  For countertops, cut lemon in half, dip into baking soda, then wipe with a wet sponge and dry (do not use on delicate stone or stainless steel).  Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to dishwashing detergent to cut even more grease on dishes.  On faucets, rub lemon juice onto taps and let sit overnight, then wipe with a wet cloth to fight lime scale.  In garbage disposals, cut lemon in half and then run both pieces though.  Need to clean tiles on countertop or backsplash?  Add lemon juice to one or two teaspoons of cream of tartar (a natural bleaching agent) to make a paste, apply to grout with a toothpaste and then rinse.  To brighten whites in the laundry, add a half cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle of your regular load.  To bleach stains on plastic food-storage containers, such as tomato soup, rub lemon juice on spots let dry in the sun and then wash as normal.  Lemon juice is also a great way to get that fishy smell off your hands after preparing seafood.

Check out The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier for more money-saving green cleaning ideas.

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