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.
Over the past few months I’ve featured Bon Ami Cleaning Powder, Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Bar Soap, Fels-Naptha, Heinz Distilled White Vinegar, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, 20 Mule Team Borax, and Dr. Bronner’s Classic Liquid Soaps. Today, up to bat is a product that, like Heinz White Vinegar, may not live under your sink or in your laundry room but can be used in various household tasks: ReaLemon lemon juice.
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
• Nontoxic garden insecticide
Any uses that I forgot to mention? Tell me about them in the comments section!