Cleaning with Lemons 

 Originally Written: April 7, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on June 16, 2009 by Hanna Trafford

I am hearing this more and more often – the discovery that very basic staple item that you have in your kitchen can actually do a whole lot more than make food taste better. In this Back-to-basics cleaning series, I decided to list a few cleaning tips that most of you have probably already heard of or used.  I am also going to list some surprising ones – like: Did you know what ketchup can help you with?

Hope you enjoy trying these tips and I will – as always – welcome your comments and suggestions



  • The acid in lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains. It works even better when mixed with table salt – it will make an excellent scouring paste.
  • To clean your countertops, dip the cut side of lemon in baking soda, scour your countertop and then wipe clean with a wet sponge.
  • Get line scale off your faucets by wiping lemon juice on them, letting it sit overnight and then just wiping with a wet cloth.
  • You can freshen your garbage disposal by cutting a lemon in a half and running it though the disposal
  • Coffee stains or other stains in the grout of your tile countertop or backsplash can be cleaned by adding lemon juice to couple of teaspoon of cream of tartar – making it a natural bleaching agent. Apply the paste with a toothbrush and rinse clean.
  • Use lemons after working with fish – just rub your hands over cut lemon – it will neutralize the odor.
  • In the laundry, you can add about 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle to brighten your whites.
  • Plastic food containers can get stained with storing items such as tomato sauce – rubbing lemon juice on the stains and letting them dry in a sunny spot will help that.

Watch for the next Back-to-basics cleaning post – with Cooking Oils

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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