5 Ways to Use Lemons in the Kitchen

5 Ways to use Lemons in Kitchen

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If you're like me you always look for natural and easy ways to boost your cleaning routines. Well, grab a lemon and follow these easy steps to getting the less-obvious places clean.

How to use lemons in the kitchen to clean
1. Refresh your wood cutting boards.
Sprinkle some salt on the cutting board and use the cut side of a lemon to give it a good scrub. Rinse with warm water and you have a clean, deodorized cutting board.
2. Give your dishwasher a boost.
Throw some lemon wedges (these can be used lemon wedges headed for the compost) onto the top rack or into the cutlery section and run a normal cycle for dishes. Your dishes will have less water spots and residue and there will be a faint, clean lemon scent.

3. Clean that garbage disposal.
With the water running and the garbage disposal on throw down cut halves of your lemons one at a time. The lemons will help clean and deodorize your garbage disposal and leave a fresh clean scent.

4. Get the cheese grater super clean.
Have you ever tried to clean your cheese grater with a sponge? It doesn't turn out well for the sponge. Instead, use the cut side of a lemon and get all of the stuck-on cheese out of the grater safely and without destroying your sponge.

5. Get rid of tarnish on copper, aluminum or brass pots.
Squeeze the juice of a lemon in a bowl and add salt (about a 3:1 lemon:salt ratio) and let the salt dissolve. Then, use a clean cloth and dip it into the mixture and wipe your pots clean.
Have any other ideas on great ways to use lemons in the kitchen? Email us at hello@gaianaturalhome.com

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Written by Rachel Blackwood

Rachel is co-owner of Gaia Natural Home. She's a certified Health & Wellness Coach and is passionate about coaching families making the transition to green living. You're most likely to find her at home with her family, cooking and hosting friends. She's a wife, mom to two great kids and splits her time between Dallas, TX and the Mountains in CO.

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