Our detergent pantry is full of bottles and sprays to be used on every surface and for every eventuality, ignoring that a squeezed lemon would really be enough to solve various household problems. In fact, this ingredient is known starting with our grandmothers for its cleaning, degreasing, polishing and anti-scale properties and, as if that were not enough, it spreads an intoxicating scent that can remove bad odors in the home. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s see together how to use squeezed lemon as a natural sponge so as to clean the whole house from top to bottom!
For washing dishes
Lemon that has already been squeezed can be recycled for washing dishes, since, as we all know, it can degrease thoroughly. All you will have to do, then, is fill the sink bowl with hot water and dip, then, the lemon inside it, along with a few drops of dishwashing detergent you usually use preferably environmentally friendly. After that, pass half of the lemon over the dishes as if it were a real sponge and rinse: your dishes will not only be as clean as ever, but also super fragrant! But it doesn’t end there! With squeezed lemons you can also make a DIY dishwashing detergent.
In the dishwasher
If you are used, however, to washing your glasses and cutlery in the dishwasher, then fear not, as you can use the lemon sponge in this appliance as well! So, put your already used lemon half in the dishwasher basket and voila: your dishes will be degreased and thoroughly clean! In addition, the lemon will also act as a rinse aid that can add shine to dull glasses and dishes!
In the kitchen
There are numerous surfaces you can clean in the kitchen with a lemon sponge, including the inside of the refrigerator or wooden cabinets that often have yellow grease and oil stains. All you need to do, then, is rub the sponge on the stains on these surfaces and leave it for a while. After that, rinse and goodbye stains! In addition, lemon can also be used to clean cutting boards and pans, as it helps sanitize them and remove any encrustations!
To clean steel
Steel, you know, as much as it lends elegance and modernity to our home, it often has stains and halos that make it ugly to look at. Not to mention, then, when it has limescale stains, such as the stainless steel of faucets or the cooktop. In this case, then, we recommend that you rub lemon on the metal surface and leave it for a while. After that, rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. For a more effective effect, you can also combine lemon with salt, as both are known for their ability to degrease and polish. Then just dip half of the cut lemon into the salt until it creates a thin white layer, after which you wait a while for the salt to soften on contact with the lemon. Of course, we recommend that you use fine salt and avoid coarse salt because it can be very abrasive and may scratch surfaces. Then, run the sponge over the steel surface, always making sure to shake it before use so that the excess salt is removed.
The lemon sponge is also a godsend for cleaning and removing limescale from shower doors. Rub it, then, directly on the doors and then rinse it off with clean water. Again, we suggest that you use the sponge with salt so as to achieve a more effective cleaning effect. Be careful, however, to shake the lemon well to remove excess salt so as not to scratch the shower stall glass. The idea, in fact, is to use this sponge as you would normally use abrasive sponges that have a rougher side.