Cut grease. An enzyme in the citric acid of lemon juice cuts through grease as effectively as any commercial cleaner. Combine the juice from two lemons with ½ cup of vinegar to create a powerful grease-fighting cleaner.
Banish odors. Nothing says clean like the fresh scent of lemon. And lemons don’t just cover up bad smells, they actually remove the offending odor.
Dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits. Pour undiluted lemon juice on deposits, or rub a cut lemon over trouble spots.
Clean cutting boards. Disinfect and freshen wooden cutting boards by rubbing a cut lemon over the surface. Let the lemon juice sit for a while before wiping clean.
Refresh your garbage disposal. Strong odors and bacteria can buildup in your garbage disposal over time. To clean this hard-to-reach area, cut a lemon up into chunks, place in the garbage disposal and turn it on.
Remove stubborn stains from countertops. Rub half a cut lemon over the surface, let the juices sit, then wipe clean.
Brighten copper. Make a paste from a quarter cup of table salt and lemon juice. Apply the paste to copper or brass pots and pans, let sit for five to 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Buff dry with a soft cloth.
Naturally brighten whites. Want whiter whites? Skip the bleach and add ½ cup of lemon juice, which has natural bleaching properties, to the rinse cycle. (The lingering scent of fresh citrus isn’t a bad effect either.)
Prevent pests. Strong odors are a deterrent to household pests such as ants, spiders and fleas. To keep them away, rub lemon juice or leave lemon peels in bug-prone areas such as along baseboards, in the cracks of windowsills, in the backs of cabinets or cupboards and other areas where pest might enter your home.