Using Lemon Juice Around The House

Lemon juice is actually quite a strong acid. With a pH value of 2.3, it is stronger than vinegar. It can therefore be substituted in any household procedure where vinegar is used. The cost, however, would be prohibitive. Vinegar is much cheaper and comes in the large quantities required for housekeeping.

Keep lemon juice for smaller jobs or to use up lemons that have been used for cooking. Lemon juice is excellent for cutting through grease, hence its inclusion in many washing-up liquids and detergents. It has excellent bleaching abilities, it makes the house smell fresh and it is entirely harmless.

From cleaning grout to making your home smell fresh and new, there are lots of ways to clean and cleanse with lemon juice. Here are some great ideas when and how to use a lemon juice around the house:

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– Half a lemon dipped in salt will remove rust stains from vinyl floors. Rub into the stain, then rinse with clean water and dry;

– Place a squeezed-out lemon half on top of a rusty screw head (making sure the flesh is in contact with the metal) and leave overnight. The next day, enough rust should have gone to enable you to get a purchase on the screw. Alternatively, soak a paper towel in lemon juice and cover the rusty screw;

– Remove rust stains from clothing by soaking in a little lemon juice and water. Rinse, then launder as usual;

– Use lemon juice as a substitute for vinegar when descaling. Stick a lemon half on the end of a limescale-encrusted tap and leave for a couple of hours;

– Boil squeezed-out lemon halves in a stainless steel saucepan to remove a light build-up of limescale;

– Run lemon rinds through the waste disposal to clean and freshen it;

– Half a lemon dipped in salt can be used to clean copper and brassware.

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