The most wonderful thing about citrus – which includes limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruit and all the variations thereof – is that it’s a natural household helper. It cleans, gets rid of bad smells, and you don’t have to do much to make it work. It’s great to use squeezed fresh from the fruit for any of these ideas.
Check all these top twelve ideas I came up with that all use fruit!
1-Cleaning Stains Out of Coffee Pots – Starting off with a old waitress tip to help clean out any coffee stains in the bottom of your coffee pot. Add salt, rock salt works the best but really any salt will do. Add at least a tablespoon lemon juice and ice cubes. Mix it all around and it will remove the stains in the bottom. As someone who was once a food waitress in a coffee shop? You be surprised just how fast and easy it this simple little tip can be!
2- Wash Your Produce – Add a couple tablespoons of any type of citrus juice to the cleaning water for your produce and let soak for about 10 minutes before rinsing. It will help remove any additives, including oils and waxes that the store may have put on them.
3- Prevent Produce from Oxidation – Some produce, like apples, for example, will brown if you leave them in the air. It’s called oxidation. While it won’t really change the flavor, it won’t be as appealing with the brownish-gray color that can develop. Add a couple teaspoons of citrus juice and toss to prevent that browning.
4- Clean Your Glass Windows and Mirrors – Mix one tablespoon lemon juice per quart of warm water to make a straightforward and simple window cleaner. If you have old newspaper to wipe it off the glass, it’ll work even better.
5- Remove Stains – Rub some of any type of citrus that you have on the stain, then let set for at least ten minutes before throwing in the wash. Wash according to the fabric directions to avoid any issues. You can also use it on your countertops and in plastic that gets discolored from tomato.
6-Repel Insects – Insects don’t like the strong smell of oranges and other citrus. Use the peels or rinds anywhere you want to keep insects away. You can mix some peels, juice, and water in a spray bottle too. Spray on surfaces you wish to keep the bugs away from.
7- Polish Metal – Any type of pot other than non-stick can get cleaned with a combination of citrus and salt. One excellent method is to cut the citrus in half (most use lemon), dip it in salt, then use the fruit to scrub the pan inside and out.
8- Remove Smells from Garbage Disposal – Done with the fruit? Toss it down the garbage disposal to remove the build-up of bad smells that can happen. As you whirl up the peel in the disposal, the scent will permeate the entire house. (I cheat when I can. There is this really neat product I found that you can just drop into your garbage disposal and run it. Does a wonderful job getting rid of the smells for sure.
Its called: Plink 9010AMZLemon Garbage Disposer Cleaner and Deodorizer
I bought it just because I thought it was a great idea. One night I cooked fish, and drop one of these in the garbage disposal? It got rid of the smell of fish in the house! I am never without them now! Never thought something so simple could work so well!
9- Clean Your Copper Pots – Do you have copper pots? If so, you’re in luck. Do the salt and lemon half trick again. Just rub the salt on the back of the pot to shine up the copper. It’s magic.
10- Remove Odors – Anywhere you’d like to smell better is an excellent place for citrus. You can often use the citrus just how it is to make the smells go away. You can also mix together water, baking soda and lemon juice to spray in the air to make it smell better.
11- Brighten Your Laundry – The citric acid in the lemon will break down stains, and it’ll also help whiten your clothing even better than bleach – without environmental impact. Plus, you do it the same as bleach; just add a cup of lemon juice to your wash with your detergent and notice the difference. Just be careful and do not add it straight onto your laundry. In fact I use this brand on the laundry for my guinea pig because its all natural.
Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs, Fresh Citrus & Sandalwood Scent. It also comes unscented!
12- Removing stains off your fingernails -Did you know that lemon juice will work well on the stains on your nails? All you have to do is run the flesh of a leftover lemon directly on your nails for about 30 to 60 seconds. Or else dip a cotton swab in lemon juice and run it over your nails.
Let is sit for about half an hour and then rinse your hands with warm water. You may have to do it more than once depending on the stains.
Once you give these ideas a try, you’ll soon prefer to use this all-natural way to keep your household smelling great, while also making it clean and fresh. You be surprised just how many amazing ways you can use fruit in your everyday life besides eat them!