Lemon juice is not an amazing ingredient that you can use to add a tantalising flavour to your food but also you can use it to clean up your kitchen. Let's take a look at how you can effectively use lemon juice at home to clean your kitchen properly.
Lemon juice is acidic and also a very effective cleaning agent. But to use it properly as a cleaning component you have to first dilute it so that it can be used to clean your kitchen compartments and slabs. Lemon juice goes well with a lot of fellow ingredients, including salt, vinegar, water and even baking soda. The idea behind using another ingredient with lemon is to decrease it's acidic temperament that can restrict its cleaning abilities.
Let's have a look at the different ways through which you can use lemon juice to maintain hygiene in your kitchen.
* Clean Utensils
You can use lemon juice to clean utensils in your kitchen and restore their lustre without rigourous washing and scrubbing. All you have to do is simply add a few drops of lemon while cleaning your utensils, especially the ones made of stainless steel. Gently scrub this with the help of a scrubber and wash it in lukewarm water. You will see a big difference instantly. Regular usage of lemon juice to wash your stainless steel utensils is going to increase the life of utensils and keep them shiny through use. You can also use your half-used or leftover lemon directly and scrub it over your utensils.
* Microwave Cleaning
Sometimes stains in the microwave can be very difficult to deal with. Getting rid of the stains can be extremely difficult as they become even harder with time. But lemon juice acts like a miraculous agent in removing the stains with utmost ease. All you have to do is simply add half a lemon into a cup of warm water and mix it well. Now put this on your stain and scrub it gently. Now with some water, remove it gently. You will see that the stain comes off very easily.
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* Cleaning Chopping Board
Most of us use chopping boards in our kitchens and it is one of the most frequently used items. But how many of us even pay attention towards maintaining proper hygiene for our chopping boards? If you want to look for a quick hack to clean your chopping board then simply squeeze a lemon on your chopping board directly and scrub it with a scrubber or a brush. Do this process for 2 to 3 minutes and then wash your chopping board with that water. For more effectiveness, you can also add some salt to the top of your chopping board and mix it with some lemon juice. You will see that your chopping board becomes just like a new board after doing this process.
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* Knife Cleaning
Cleaning life properly from time to time is necessary to make sure that all the chopping and cutting that you do in the kitchen is done hygienically. Lemon is antibacterial as well as antiseptic in nature and helps in removing any kind of rust or dulling agent from your knives. Take some salt and lemon and mix both of these things well. Now use this mixture to clean your nice with the help of a small brush. You only have to do this process for a couple of minutes and then wash your knife under tap water. Your knife will become brand-new after doing this process a couple of times.
* Acts As A Deodorant
A lot of things are cooked in the kitchen throughout the day. Also, it is the epicentre of the house and most of the members of the family visit the kitchen very frequently. This may lead to the spread of a funky odour in the kitchen that is unpleasant. Now using chemically infused deodorants in the kitchen is not ideal because the same components may spread on your food and become infected. Lemon juice can give your kitchen a nice citrusy and refreshing fragrance. To make a deodorant out of lemon juice at home you have to take a spray bottle and add some water and lemon juice inside it. Shake it well and simply spray it around the kitchen. Whenever you feel there is excessive odour.
These are some of the most interesting and effective ways to use lemon juice in your kitchen to maintain hygiene and cleanliness. Now you don't have to throw away your unused or half-used lemons as you can always use them to clean your utensils and shoo away bad odour from your kitchen.