Happy Monday and welcome to the eighth installment of ‘Back to basics,’ a series of posts highlighting cleaning/laundering products and solutions that have persevered throughout the years for good reason: they’re effective, eco-friendly, and often extremely versatile making them cost-conscious alternatives to all the newfangled targeted products that have come and gone over the years.
This 100 percent juice-made-from-concentrate refrigerator fixture that’s been around since 1934 when concoted by Irving Swartzburg — the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group acquired it in 2001 — doesn’t necessarily need to be used to make lemonade, marinate chicken, or what have you. Lemon juice possesses strong acidic properties that make it an ideal natural household cleaner/deodorizer, whether used in combination with other ingredients or by itself. Of course, you can opt for the real deal by using fresh-squeezed lemons but having a bottle or two of ReaLemon stashed away is more cost-effective and convenient than using the real thing.
Without further ado, here’s a list of non-culinary household uses for ReaLemon (and lemons in general) that range from the kitchen to the bathroom to the garden:
• Cutting board/Tupperware sanitizer
• Microwave oven cleaner/deodorizer
• Dishwasher deodorizer
• Garbage disposal refresher
• Laundry booster
• Lime scale/hard water stain remover
• Tea and ink stain remover
• Cooper cookware brightener
• Hardwood furniture polisher
• Soap scum/grout remover
• Silver cleaner
• Window/glass shower door cleaner
• Rough, "garden" hands soother
• Humidifier refresher
• Poison ivy soother
• Coffee pot cleaner
• Dandruff and acne treatment
• Minor cut/scrape disinfectant
• Nontoxic garden insecticide
Any uses that I forgot to mention? Tell me about them in the comments section!