I Keep A Lemon In My Bathroom. Do You?

  • By Maid Brigade
  • 28 Oct, 2016
Bar of soap? Check.

Shampoo? Check.

Toothbrush? Check.

Toothpaste? Check.

Lemon? Huh?

Funny you should ask, but most people will react the same way if they were asked the same question. But here is a tip - lemons make your bathrooms cleaner and disinfectant. Difficult to believe? By the time you are done reading this article, your questions on how a lemon is good for your bathroom will have been answered.

People use their toilets and showers to clean and rid themselves of dirt and germs. On a more poetic approach – bathrooms are a sanctuary for cleansing.

Since dirt and germs from our body are left behind in the bathroom, we must ensure that it is our responsibility to keep it as clean as possible.

With the availability of numerous cleaning solutions in stores, they may seem like your go-to option. But in all honesty, store-bought solutions are expensive and can contribute to adverse effects on your body.

You will be surprised with the number of cleaning options that you can derive from your home. You can refer to our DIY home cleaning tips compiled through years of expertise .

By using your own concoctions, you will realize how much expenses you can cut down on and how toxic-free your house can be. This is where the role of lemons in your bathroom comes in. The acidic nature of the citrus fruit and its lovely organic scent are ideal for removing stubborn stains and deodorizing your bathroom respectively.

Here is why lemons are ideal for bathroom cleaning and why you should start using them.
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Remove Grease Stains

Often, when you go into your bathroom, you may notice hard grease stains on tiles, bathtubs, shower curtains, faucets, toilet seats, mirrors, glass shower doors and so on. And if you have ever tried to clean them, you will know how tough they are to remove.

These stains are hardened remains of soap and dirt, and over time, their grip on surfaces strengthens.

Take a slice of cut lemon and rub it over these stains. Let it sit for about 30 minutes or so and then, scrub off the stains with some water, and watch the magic unfold. You can dip the sliced lemon into salt before using it on the satin for added effectiveness.



Remove Hard Water and Add Shine to Your Faucets and Other Chrome Parts

Faucets, knobs and other chrome parts that were once shiny and flashy can sometimes lose all that gloss over time. That is what hard water does - takes the shine off of your faucets. But here’s the secret, it isn’t permanent. The answer? Surprise, surprise! A lemon!

Rub a slice of lemon all over the metal surfaces in you tub, shower and sink and restore their former glory.



Clean Glass Surfaces

Glass surfaces are important in a bathroom. You need your mirror to see yourself, and if it is dirty, there won’t be much of yourself that you can look at. Use an “all-powerful” lemon to get that worry off your shoulder. Lemon is great for cleaning glass surfaces like mirrors, shower doors and so on.



Clean Your Drains

There’s only one place all that dirt goes when you shower – the drain. In fact, all the dirt from the bathroom goes into it. And that is exactly why you should clean it once in a while. How exactly? You’ve probably guessed it right – a lemon.

First, pour about half-a-cup of baking soda into the drain. Then squeeze some lemon juice from a freshly cut lemon, around a cup full and pour that too into the drain. Let that sit there for a few minutes before pouring down a cup of hot water to wash it off.



Remove Mold and Mildew from Curtains

Damp and warm. These are the conditions that mold and mildew requires for growing, and which is why they love bathrooms. Dark, greasy and warm corners like the folds of your shower curtains are their ideal haven.

These slimy, green fungi are a cause for concern because they trigger allergies in many people as well as invite the breeding of pathogens. The acidity of the lemon is strong enough to break their complex and remove them.



Cleaning Solution

Lemon juice and borax is a great cleaning solution for all sorts of surfaces in your bathroom. Icky toilet seats come to mind when you think of what you can clean. The solution even adds a great lemony smell to it.



Lemon cleaning remedies aren’t just subject to the bathroom. You can use this wonder fruit to clean just about any surface in your home. So the next time you go grocery shopping, make sure you get a few extra lemons.

It is also advisable to get professional cleaning help once in a while. Maid Brigade offers quality residential cleaning services in Vancouver .

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Bar of soap? Check.

Shampoo? Check.

Toothbrush? Check.

Toothpaste? Check.

Lemon? Huh?

Funny you should ask, but most people will react the same way if they were asked the same question. But here is a tip - lemons make your bathrooms cleaner and disinfectant. Difficult to believe? By the time you are done reading this article, your questions on how a lemon is good for your bathroom will have been answered.

People use their toilets and showers to clean and rid themselves of dirt and germs. On a more poetic approach – bathrooms are a sanctuary for cleansing.

Since dirt and germs from our body are left behind in the bathroom, we must ensure that it is our responsibility to keep it as clean as possible.

With the availability of numerous cleaning solutions in stores, they may seem like your go-to option. But in all honesty, store-bought solutions are expensive and can contribute to adverse effects on your body.

You will be surprised with the number of cleaning options that you can derive from your home. You can refer to our DIY home cleaning tips compiled through years of expertise .

By using your own concoctions, you will realize how much expenses you can cut down on and how toxic-free your house can be. This is where the role of lemons in your bathroom comes in. The acidic nature of the citrus fruit and its lovely organic scent are ideal for removing stubborn stains and deodorizing your bathroom respectively.

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Alternative Solutions

The number of solutions that you can make at home using just the basic amenities that you use every day is intriguing and amazing. From window cleaning soaps to tile cleaners to almost every other appliance, the ingredients are right at your home. These are also indications of why you should avoid buying expensive cleaning liquids.

Windows are a great harbor for dust and dirt. And they are crucial for allowing sunlight to enter into your house. Thus, it is important that you keep them clean. Window cleaning solutions are available in numerous varieties, all so much more expensive than what you can make on your own at home.

One such solution that is great for cleaning windows is a mixture of half a cup of vinegar and a bit of liquid soap in water. This is a very effective cleaner for windows that need to be ridden of unwanted dirt. You can also add hydrogen peroxide to it as it acts as a disinfectant. To add a bit of shine to the window, adding peppermint oil is a good practice.

Tiles and polished wood are very prone to dirt and oil. They tend to get greasy, regardless of whether it’s in your bathroom, kitchen or any room. A blend of a few drops of liquid soap, half a cup of baking soda and water is a great remedy for cleaning your tiles or wooden flooring or walls. Using a sponge or a fresh, clean cloth will aid in getting a shiny surface. You can also add aroma oil or essential oil to the cleaning agent to give it a deodorizing effect.



Solution for Appliances and Utensils

Food stains on your kitchen appliances such as ovens and stoves are not an uncommon phenomenon. Using store-bought cleaners can be harmful for you as it contains toxic and harmful constituents. This enhances the chance of contaminating your food.

A simple and easy way to avoiding such a problem is by making your own concoction. Mixing some borax and a few drops liquid soap in hot water to clean them eliminates the possibility of food contamination, and effectively get rid of grease or other dirt. The solution seeps into the stains and breaks down the complex from within, thus, making it easier to wipe them off.

For stains that just won’t budge, you can create a mix if dishwashing detergent with baking soda and some water. Apply it on the stain and let it sit for a while. Use a dry cloth to wipe remove the stain and watch how easily it comes off.

Grease stained silverware or steel utensils can also persistently give you problems. A solution of borax, liquid soap and some vinegar in hot water is a good grease removing agent. Make sure all your utensils are cleaned properly to ensure shiny knives, spoons, and forks.


Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink is where all the dishwashing takes place and hence it’s no puzzle as to why it needs to be cleaned regularly. If it isn’t attended to, then it can be a playground for all kinds of pathogens and diseases. As bad as it may sound, there is also an easier solution to ensure none of that happens.

Two cups of baking soda, and dishwashing soap mixed in water, and a little bit lemon oil added to it is all you need to clean your sink. Make sure you don’t give germs and diseases a chance to breed at your home.



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Your Living Room Cleaning Checklist is ready!

- Upholstery
- Carpet
- Floor
- Windows
- Furniture
- Fixtures, Bulbs & Fans
- Blinds
- Switches

Basic Ingredients for DIY Cleaning

Top ingredients to scrub & clean every inch of your living room includes the following:

· Water
· Baking Soda
· White Vinegar
· Shampoo
· Detergent
· Mild Liquid Dish Soap
· Hydrogen peroxide
· Borax
· Olive oil or vegetable oil
· Microfiber Cloth

Natural Cleaning Recipes for a Living Room

Clean Your Couch Upholstery

· Mix shampoo with water or whip detergent with water, and use it as a great general stain remover.

· Use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap on the stain to soak a red wine spill.

· If you encounter a coffee stain on your upholstery, rub a mixture of egg yolk and lukewarm water on the spot.

Deep Green Clean Your Carpets

Vacuum your carpet, apply the paste of vinegar, borax and salt on deep stains, take rest, vacuum again, steam clean and dry the carpet. Your carpet is good to go!

Clean Your Living Room Floor

· If you have a marble floor, you should first spray down the surface with a mixture of warm water and an Eco-friendly dish washing soap, then, wipe the floor, and lastly, mop all over using a soft mop.

· If you have water based or oil based stains on your marble floor, you can clean them with these simple recipes. For water based stains, just spread a mixture of baking soda and rubbing alcohol on the stain, cover it with plastic, let it sit overnight and wake up to a stainless marble floor! In case of oil based stains, use a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (on light marble) or acetone (on dark marble), and follow the same procedure.

Clean Your Windows With Vinegar

Stop looking at the world through those dirty windows. Learn how to clean your windows naturally.

Are you cleaning your windows with vinegar for the first time? If yes, then, fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of water, ¼ cup white distilled vinegar and ½ teaspoon of mild liquid dish soap, spray and wipe! Once you have cleaned them, dry them as soon as possible.

Pamper Your Furniture with Natural Cleaning

Does your living room furniture look dull and lifeless? It’s time to make it shiny and new with this furniture cleaning recipe.

Prepare a mixture of 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 ½ cups of vegetable or olive oil in a spray bottle. Spray some of the mixture onto a microfiber cloth and gently apply to your wood furniture in a circular motion. Let it sit over the wood for some time, and then go over it again with a soft cloth to bring out the shine.

Feel the Difference of Cleaning Fixtures, Bulbs & Fans

· Take down the fixture cover and slide it into a tub full of soapy water. After sometime, dry and shine with a microfiber cloth.

· Clean bulbs with the help of a microfiber cloth.

· Fill a spray bottle with a solution of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and spray it on the fan blades, slip a pillowcase over each blade, pull it back to trap dust. Use a cotton cloth to clean the remaining dust and grime from your fan.

Blinds

Take away blinds and wash them in a bathtub that is filled with vinegar and water. You may also use some old rags and straight white vinegar on your blinds.

Switches

Switches are one of the dirtiest places in your home. You must disinfect and clean your living room switches regularly.

Turn off the power to avoid an electric shock, start your way around to each switch plate carefully, use a microfiber cloth dampened with a mixture of hot water, detergent, vinegar and borax, remove all dirt and grime and wipe plate dry with another microfiber cloth.

Busy enough to do the cleaning chores?

Do you want to make your living room perfectly clean without even lifting a finger? Contact trusted cleaning professionals in British Columbia . Maid Brigade can give you a free estimate for your residential cleaning needs today. Your home cleaner is just one call away!

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