Eating citrus fruit might be on the top of most peoples' lists, but in a pinch they can serve double duty as cleaning tools and quite a few other household chores. Photo by Annushka_74.
The acid that gives lemons their tartness and the delicious smelling oil in the skin of oranges are good for so much more than flavouring things and giving drinks an extra zing. At the household blog Re-Nest they've assembled a list of ways you can put your citrus fruit to work. While the best course of action might be to slice up a lemon for drink on a hot day, you can also:
- Remove light stains from delicate clothing by soaking them in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for a half hour.
- Make your own spray cleaner by mixing two tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap, 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, and one teaspoon Borax into two cups hot water. Mix until dissolved.
- Get rid of mildew on clothes, by making a paste of lemon juice and salt and rubbing it on the affected area, then drying the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. This works well for rust stains on clothes too.
For more citrus tricks, check out the full list at the link below. Whether you're trying to avoid using store bought chemical concoctions in your home or you've realised the serving platter needs polishing right before guests come over and you're fresh out of polishing paste, you'll find some handy way to repurpose those lemons sitting in your fridge. 27 Household Uses for Citrus Fruit [Re-Nest]