Spring cleaning? Already? Yes, cleaning season is upon us. Maybe you’ve been thinking it’s time to get some spring cleaning done. Perhaps you’ve noticed some areas of your home have been neglected for far too long. Luckily, Lemon essential oil can help make cleaning much easier. Here are ten ways you can use Lemon to clean your home.
Spring Cleaning the Kitchen with Lemon
- Microwave—Microwaves are notorious for being tough to clean, especially after mishaps involving spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. So, the easy way is to simply microwave a cup of water with three drops of Lemon essential oil. Heat until the water boils. Allow to boil for several seconds. Carefully remove the cup from the oven and wipe buildup away with ease!
- Dishwasher—Need to get rid of an odd odor and clean the dishwasher too? Pour distilled vinegar into a dish and add 5–10 drops of Lemon oil. Place the dish with the solution in your empty dishwasher and run a complete “high” cycle.
- Stove Top and Appliances — Skip the toxic chemicals where you cook and store your food. Lemon essential oil makes cleaning appliances easy. A simple solution of 5-10 drops of Lemon essential oil added a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar will help you clean the stove top, toasters, refrigerators, mixers, and more.
Spring Cleaning Around the House with Lemon
- Ceiling Fan— As fan blades rotate, they build up a static charge causing dust particles then stick to them. The dust will cling as long as you let it. To avoid choking on dust bunnies while cleaning your ceiling fans, spray the inside of an old pillowcase with a Lemon/water mixture. Then carefully slide the pillowcase onto a blade and then carefully hold the pillowcase against the top and bottom as you wipe toward the end of each blade.
- Washing Machine—Run a mixture of Lemon oil, baking soda, vinegar, and water through your empty machine on the hottest setting to break up dirt build-up and mildew. Scrub any excess with a sponge, then run the machine again with fresh water.
- Trash Cans—Eliminate the odor coming from trash cans by regularly cleaning them out. For indoor trash cans, spray the inside and outside of each can with a mixture of water, Lemon oil, and vinegar, then scrub with a sponge.
- Windows and Windowsills—The same mixture of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar in a spray bottle that you’ve been using all around the house will do wonders for your windows and windowsills. Simply spray glass and wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel. To avoid streaks, wipe the glass with wadded up old newspaper. Clean the ledges and sills with a toothbrush or sponge dipped in the water and oil solution.
- Air Vents—One of the most overlooked areas to keep clean in the home is the air you breathe! Clean heat and air vents with a sponge dipped in warm water, vinegar, and Lemon essential oil to help eliminate allergens and dust from filling the air around you.
Spring Cleaning the Floors with Lemon
- Carpet odor and dust mite remover: Mix 3-5 drops of Lemon essential oil with some distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spritz the carpet lightly throughout. It is best to test the material’s colorfastness in an inconspicuous spot first.
- Black Heel Marks – Don’t you just hate it when shoes leave those ugly black marks on a clean linoleum floor? Lemon essential oil is the answer. Place a drop of the essential oil on a paper towel. Gently rub the marks with the spot of oil. You don’t have to run hard, either! Just a few wipes and the marks are gone!
A Word About Vinegar
Many of these DIY Recipes call for vinegar. Vinegar is very acidic making it an excellent cleaner. It will also help counteract most of those icky buildups.
A word of caution about vinegar. There are some surfaces where vinegar can do more harm than good. Vinegar can scratch natural stone like granite or marble. Some find using Apple Cider Vinegar to work just as well for cleaning as white, distilled vinegar in addition to it not smelling as strong.
Vinegar is good at helping dissolve soap scum, brines left by hard water, and even the glue left behind by stickers. Lemon oil acts as a potent cleaning agent, and the possibilities are truly endless when combined with vinegar!