Recently I watched as my mother in law used half a lemon to clean the counter after dinner. It seemed so simple and aromatic, so today in partnership with Grove Collaborative I’m sharing a few other easy ways to use lemons in spring cleaning (turns out there are so many ways!) …
Have you heard of Grove Collaborative? I’ve been such a fan of everything they do. They’re a super curated collection of all the best eco-friendly, non-toxic brands for your home. Brands I know and love like Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation, Tom’s Organics, Method, and even their own Grove products all in one place.
The prices rival those at your nearest store, and then even price match for VIP members. Other great services include things like scheduled deliveries, texting services to add last minute items to an order, and rigorous standards for businesses supporting the environment and communities. Lastly, everything is just gorgeous- the very best in quality and design.
A pack of Grove Collaborative Concentrates (3 pack) to mix your own eco-friendly cleaners, a Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle (could they be more beautiful?), and a Grove Collaborative Microfiber Cloth. Existing customers will receive a set of Grove walnut scrubber sponges to get a jump start on spring cleaning.
Today we’re going to do some spring cleaning with lemons and I’ve got four different ideas for you. I love lemons because they’re natural and chemical-free, they have the freshest scent, and I always have them around (we have a lemon tree!), so it’s a simple solution. The citrus acid makes the juice a natural cleaning agent. Here are four ideas on how to use them:
Residue on kitchenware. Lemons are great for removing residue on things like graters or stained plastic storage containers (like these Preserve ones here I love from Grove). I especially love it for a grater because my sponges get so destroyed on those sharp edges. Cut a lemon in half and scrub away.
Cleaning wooden cutting boards. This is my favorite use for lemons. I love the wooden cutting boards but hate how they soak up the smells of foods and are difficult to clean. Grab half a lemon and squeeze the juice onto the board. Work it a bit into the wood grain. Let it sit for 15- 30 minutes (maybe while you finish the rest of your kitchen), then rinse it off with a wet sponge. The acid works nicely on those stains and smells. You can even finish it off with some cutting board oil.
Scrubbing down countertops. Like my mother in law does, grab half a lemon (even a used one has enough citrus acid to work!), and scrub the counters with it, then wipe it down with a wet sponge like these sturdy ones from Grove.
DIY your own degreaser spray. I love the idea of making my own cleaning spray, so I know exactly what’s in it! For this degreaser, mix together 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. The lemon fights stains and disinfects, while the baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive. Also, a beautiful spray bottle like these from Grove can’t hurt. Shake and get spraying!
Have you ever used lemons to clean around the house? I’d love to hear your ideas!