If your shelves and surfaces seem to have an ever-increasing layer of dust on them, you may want to make Reusable Lemon Dust-Cloths, to use in combating this problem.
You can wipe it all away and help repel future dust with little more than water, vinegar and lemon.
Cleaning Qualities of Lemon & Vinegar
Plenty of things that stain clothes, including wine, coffee, lipstick, paint, and sweat, are acidic.
Since like dissolves like, these stains need an acidic water-based solution in wiping them.
This same rule holds for food-stained surfaces like cutting boards, plates, or bowls. Enter: lemons (and citric acid).
Lemon juice can also remove alkaline stains like lime-scale that causes (chalky white substance that often accumulates in water fixtures or inside sinks and bathtub) rust.
Here, the acidity of the lemon juice reacts with the lime-scale (calcium carbonate) or the rust (iron oxide) to soften and melt the deposits.
Lemons acidity content creates a hostile environment for many kinds of bacteria, including those that cause salmonella and E. coli.
It’s vital to note, however, that lemon doesn’t have this effect on all pathogens, and also that it doesn’t kill them but just makes them inactive
Some forms of bad smells that come from cooking fish, meat or vegetables decaying in the garbage are alkaline, so introducing acidity helps neutralize this odors.
Lemon dust cloths are a great way to wipe off dirt. No chemicals, no waxy residue, and you don’t have to worry about it getting inhaled by children or pets in the house.
With a pH of 2.4, distilled white vinegar is much more acidic than coffee or orange juice and this acidity can counteract some gross buildups (soap scum, sticker glue, grease, etc) and even less gross ones like dust.
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of white distilled vinegar
- 2-3 drops of lemon oil or olive oil
- Dust-cloths (or cut up clothes/towels)
- Lemons and A glass jar with an airtight cover
Grab a couple of dust-cloths or a clean old rags (you can even cut up and recycle cotton clothes) and a glass jar for each.
Blend together 2 cups of water and 2 cups of white distilled vinegar in a good sized bowl or pan, and add in 2-3 drops of olive oil or lemon essential oil.
Thoroughly saturate each dust-cloth and then squeeze out of them all excess liquid so that they are just damp.
Lay them out smooth and Peel the rind from several lemons and put a few pieces on each dust-cloth before rolling it up.
Tuck and put the cloth into your glass jar for storing, adding an extra piece of lemon peel for good measure.
Save these until you need them, and make sure to boil them regularly after use and re-infuse them with lemon and oil.
Lemon Cleaning Tips
If you have smells coming from your garbage disposal, try dropping a cut-up lemon in there and you can also grind it up in your sink to make your sink lemony fresh.
If your room smells of unpleasant odors, try boiling lemon peels to get those fragrant acids to fend off the stench in the air.
You can also rub lemon on your fingers after handling garlic to prevent the pungent smell from lingering.