how-to-use-citrus-to-clean-your-houseCleaning is most often associated with the thought of harsh fumes, tough chemicals and sometimes sticky residue. Luckily, that isn’t the only way to get your home squeaky clean. There are other, natural, resources you can use that are probably already stored in your kitchen. If you want your home to be clean and smell fresh, then using citrus is your answer. Here are several ways you can use citrus to clean your house.

All Purpose Helper

Stay chemical-free by mixing your own cleaners. For a quick fix, cut up a lemon and rub it along bathroom faucets or porcelain surfaces. It can help get rid of lime scale, hard water stains and soap residue. Rinse well and wipe down with a clean cloth afterwards.

You can also mix an all-purpose cleaner by saturating a mixture of orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime peels with white vinegar for 2-3 weeks. For something stronger, you can keep the mixture soaking longer. Once ready, spray your kitchen or bathroom for a clean, fresh scent.

You can use lime juice and salt to get rid of tough messes in your kitchen, too. Sprinkle salt on your stovetop and squeeze lime juice on top. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes then wipe it off with a wash cloth or scrub sponge. Do a final wipe down and be amazed.

Clean out your messy microwave with a few sliced lemon wedges in a microwave-safe bowl filled with water. Set the timer on the microwave for 3 minutes and let the lemon juice steam do all the work. After 10 minutes, wipe down your microwave with a wash cloth.

All Around Freshener

Nothing masks strong odors quite like citrus. Mix a combination of 3 teaspoons of grated citrus zest, 2 cups baking soda and 1 cup of borax. Stir and let sit until the moisture has evaporated. Store it in a jar until you’re ready to use on your carpets. In your kitchen, throw some citrus peels down the garbage disposal to mask odors and degrease.

Magic Polisher

To clean and polish your wood, mix 1 cup of lemon juice, 2 cups olive oil and half a cup of finely chopped citrus peels. Put the mixture into a glass jar and shake to combine everything together. Make sure to use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the wood after using the mixture. If you want something stronger to use on metal objects, use a sliced lemon wedge dipped in salt. Rub over the metal surfaces and let it sit for a few minutes. Polish down with a clean cloth when you’re done.

All Natural Bleaching Agent

Brighten up your old sneakers by spraying them with lemon juice and setting them in the sun. You can remove yellow underarm stains from shirts and blouses by scrubbing them with equal parts lemon juice and water. If you want an extra boost to your laundry loads, add a half-cup of lemon juice to your cycle.