Lemon DIY Green Cleaning Recipes X3
Green cleaning means removing many potentially harmful chemicals from your everyday environment. These DIY cleaning recipes go beyond the basics to give you variations and options that will make a difference.
Scented All-Purpose Cleaner
Vinegar and lemon are at the heart of many cleaning recipes. This version adds fragrant rosemary for a powerful cleaner with a great scent. Use it on everything in the kitchen and bathroom, including the toilet, for a fragrant solution to everyone’s least favorite cleaning chore.
1 part white vinegar
1 part water
Rind of 1 lemon
2-3 fresh rosemary sprigs
• Peel the lemon rind using a sharp knife in spirals, cutting them small enough to fit inside a clean spray bottle.
• Add the rosemary, and then fill the bottle with water and white vinegar in equal measures.
• Leave the bottle in a shaded area (i.e. not in direct sunlight) for 1 to 2 weeks.
• When it’s ready, shake vigorously before using on anything from hard water stains to grease, garbage cans, and any other surface in your home.
This scrub works wonderfully well to remove rust and other stains from porcelain or enamel sinks. Do not use it on marble or granite, however. You’ll find borax in the same aisle as laundry detergent in the supermarket.
1/2 cup borax powder
• Use the lemon as the scrubber. Dip it into the borax, and then scrub the porcelain or enamel surface.
• Rinse, and repeat if necessary.
Heavy Duty Stain Remover
Mix this up just before you are ready to use it – the bubbling action will help to scrub stains and grease.
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons white vinegar
• Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl, and apply to affected area.
• You can scrub it right away, or leave it for 5 minutes or so, and then scrub.
• Sprinkle the area in question with baking soda.
• Then, mix the lemon juice and vinegar together. Sprinkle it over the baking soda, allowing it to bubble.
• Scrub right away, or leave for up to 5 minutes for deeper stains.