Green and Organic Cleaning series: Part II, The Many Many Lemons

Green and Organic Cleaning Series

Green and Organic Cleaning Series

Green cleaning may seem overwhelming, but sometimes the solution is as simple as picking a piece of fruit from a tree…

As a desert dweller, we have some advantages at certain times of the year in terms of natural resources. An extra supply, or an extra cheap supply of lemons can be the green cleaning treehugger’s best friend. What can we do with these little lemon friends besides making lemonaid, lemon juice, lemon ices, lemon juice ice cubes etc?

Clean your tub- cut your fresh, or even better, your old unusable lemons to scrub your sinks and tubs. Just cut the lemon in half, dip it in your favorite powder- baking soda, borax or even salt, it is just to abrade the surface, and then proceed to scrub your surfaces clean. Rinse with water and you are done.

Perfect for scrubbing

Perfect for scrubbing


Smells delish

Lemons with Baking soda scrub


Garbage disposal getting funky? You should take that just used lemon and shred it to pieces in the disposal. It will clean any and all moving parts and get your sink smelling super fresh. ( It is probably best to limit the number of seeds, just so the unit does not protest.)

the smell is divine

The Sink being cleaned, by nature


The Sink with mineral buildup








If you have not cleaned your faucets with vinegar yet, you might want to go ahead and get some lemons and give that hard water buildup a scrub. Lemon pulp is a little messier, but the acidic cleaning process works just as well.

Using limes is another option, if that is all you have, but they do not seem to work quite as well. But – if all you have is limes- make limeaid!

Green cleaning can be inexpensive and effective- what other uses for lemons do you have?

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