Lemon is perhaps the most versatile fruit. It can be used in sweet or savory dishes, in food and drinks, and as you’re about to find out, it has a surprising number of uses in cleaning. Most people are familiar with the fresh scent of lemon in cleaning products, but few know how useful a simple lemon can really be. Below are 10 easy uses for fresh lemons.

1. Scrub copper or stainless steel dishes and fixtures with half a lemon dipped in salt to clean rust and spots and add an extra shine.

2. Cut up a lemon to grind in the garbage disposal for a fresh citrus scent. Pair it with hot water for drain cleaning, or ice cubes to sharpen the blades. This is a great use for lemon rinds left over after making fresh lemonade.

3. Bleach countertop stains and even white clothing with lemon juice. When coupled with sunlight, lemon is a natural bleaching agent. Don’t soak on marble and granite surfaces as the lemon may corrode the counter top.

4. Eliminate odors in home humidifiers by pouring 1-2 tbs. of lemon juice in the water. Check with your humidifier’s manufacturer before employing this method.

5. Lemon-steam your microwave for a fresh, natural clean by microwaving a bowl with a little solution of water and lemon juice. When finished, wipe down with a clean cloth.

6. Wipe down showers, windows or glass doors with lemon juice in a spray bottle and a sponge. Try adding a combination of vinegar and water to find out what works for you.

7. Banish mildew and mold from ceramic by soaking the spots with lemon juice and a little baking soda. Mix and apply a paste to the area and let soak for 2 hours, then wipe.

8. Leave your wooden floors and furniture gleaming with a rub of lemon juice and olive oil. Mix in equal parts, then wipe in with a soft rag.

9. Throw a 1/2 cup of lemon juice in the laundry rinse cycle when washing your whites for a sparkling clean.

10. Soak your Tupperware in lemon juice to remove difficult stains. Pair with baking soda for extra strength.

Happy cleaning!

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