15 Clever Household Uses for Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruit, including oranges, lemons and limes, can work wonders around the house. Plus, citrus is an inexpensive, all-natural alternative to traditional cleaners. Here are 15 wonderful uses for citrus for your household needs.
- Polish copper by rubbing it with a lemon juice soaked cloth and buffing it dry. Brass and aluminum can be polished with a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar.
- Rub lemon on your faucets to remove lime scale, hard water stains, and soap residue. It also works on porcelain.
- Whiten tennis shoes by spraying them with lemon juice and placing them in the sun.
- Boost your laundry detergent’s power by adding lemon juice to a wash cycle for fresh smelling laundry, to brighten whites and remove rust and mineral stains.
- Remove unsightly underarm stains from shirts and blouses, simply by scrubbing them with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice (or white vinegar) and water.
- Grind citrus through the garbage disposal to get rid of nasty odors and freshen the drain.
- Add half a lemon to the dishwasher load for sparkling, spot-free and clean smelling dishes.
- For an all-purpose cleaning solution: combine lemon juice, vinegar, and water in a spray bottle.
- Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces and stains.
- For a natural furniture polish, combine 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts olive oil.
- Create a wonderful, natural air freshener by mixing lemon juice and water in a spray bottle.
- Humidifiers can pick up unwanted scents. Freshen up the aroma by adding 3-4 teaspoons citrus juice to the water.
- Clean your windows and glass by rubbing lemon juice on them and buffing them with newspaper.
- Rub fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin to keep away mosquitoes and gnats.
- Puree orange peels in 1 cup of warm water. Slowly pour the solution over and into anthills to get rid of them.
As you can see, these uses for citrus fruits are beneficial for a variety of needs. Not to mention, you can easily find citrus fruits at local retailers, or find them easily among your own produce supply. So here's to a cleaner, GREENER 2016!