5 Surprising Ways to Clean With Lemon in Your Home

by Elnazhamai

When life gives you lemons, don't just make lemonade – clean with lemon! The natural cleaning properties of lemon can work wonders on various surfaces, leaving your living space not only sparkling but also smelling fresh.

Say goodbye to harsh chemicals and hello to the zesty magic of lemon. Here are five lemon-infused cleaning hacks that will transform your cleaning routine.


  • Lemons
  • Baking Soda
  • Coffee Filter
  • Hot Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Microwave-Safe Bowl
  • Washing Machine
  • Towels and Laundry
Using lemon in a dishwasher

1. Dishwasher Brilliance with Lemon's Sparkling Touch

Make your dishes shine like never before by adding a half slice of lemon to your dishwasher load. The natural acids in lemon help break down grease and stains while leaving your dishes with a bright, spotless finish. Enjoy the satisfaction of opening your dishwasher to gleaming results.

Using lemon to deodorize a trash can

2. Deodorize Your Trash Can with Lemon Zest and Baking Soda

Bid farewell to unpleasant odors emanating from your trash can. Mix lemon zest and baking soda in a coffee filter, then tie it up to create a homemade deodorizer sachet. Place this sachet at the bottom of your trash can to neutralize foul smells and enjoy a fresher home.

Using lemon to clean grease off burner caps

3. Conquer Grease on Burner Caps with Lemon and Baking Soda

Greasy burner caps got you down? Elevate your kitchen cleaning game by using the dynamic duo of lemon and baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda over the burner caps, then squeeze lemon juice over the baking soda. Allow the mixture to bubble and work its magic for a few minutes. With a little scrubbing and hot water, watch as the grease melts away, leaving your burner caps gleaming.

Using lemon to steam-clean a microwave

4. Steam-Clean Your Microwave with Lemon and White Vinegar

Say goodbye to stubborn microwave stains and food residue. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water, add a few lemon slices, and a dash of white vinegar. Microwave this mixture on high until it boils, then let it sit for a minute or two. The steam will help loosen grime, making it easier to wipe away. Simply use a damp cloth to effortlessly clean your microwave's interior – no harsh chemicals required.

Using lemon to clean laundry

5. Revitalize Laundry with Lemon and Vinegar

Brighten up your laundry routine by incorporating lemon and vinegar. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and vinegar to your washing machine's fabric softener dispenser. This natural concoction not only helps to whiten white towels and clothing but also acts as a natural fabric softener, leaving your laundry feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

How to clean with lemon

How to clean with lemon

Harness the vibrant energy of lemons and transform your cleaning routine into a zesty and refreshing experience. With these five lemon-infused cleaning hacks and a handful of simple supplies, you'll be well on your way to a cleaner, greener, and fresher home. Say hello to a new era of cleaning – the lemon-scented way!

Do you have any more lemon-cleaning hacks to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Fiona Fiona on Aug 17, 2023
    Does it have to be a fresh lemon or will store bought lemon juice do? Fresh lemons can get quite pricy up here…especially in the winter.
  • Nila Nila on Aug 23, 2023
    Will the lemon and vinegar clean the microwave it has smoke in it
  • Niteowl Niteowl on Aug 24, 2023
    Where do you put the half slice of lemon in the dishwasher?
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  • Christie Decker Christie Decker on Aug 24, 2023
    My sons went into restaurant work when they were in high school. Most don't work as a chef anymore, but when I was working at a summer camp as a retreat chef, my third son came to help me (I was still learning how to do things and had no experience except as a helper to the chef.) Anyway, when the retreat was over, he used lemons to clean the grill. YEP, cut a lemon in half and used that as a scrubber. It cut the grease beautifully! I'd never seen anyone do that, they always used chemicals, but he used a clean scrubber pad and lemon halves and then rinsed it with water. It was awesome. Nothing else, not baking soda, not other chemicals. Just lemon halves. When he was head chef at a restaurant with a golf course, he did it there too. Hopefully, this helps someone. Blessings!
    • Jean the Bean Jean the Bean on Aug 24, 2023
      Just curious & want 2 try this, if U use the lemon 1/2 as the scrubber ... then what do U use the clean scrubber pad for, maybe I'm not reading it right. (?)
  • Mls21439791 Mls21439791 on Aug 24, 2023
    sprinkle salt on bottom of copper pan, then scrub with lemon half