Quick Tip To Share - Wonderful Uses for Lemon Juice and They're GREEN!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with RED Properties NC #129285

Green Living TipsLemon juice can be used for so many different situations around the home!  Because of lemons acidity they are perfect for some tough cleaning jobs and are somewhat antiseptic and antibacterial.  Here are some great ideas for using lemon juice around the house:

  • If you have light colored countertops and they become stained with kool-aid, wine, food stains, etc just pour a little lemon juice on the stain and let stand for a few minutes.  After only a few minutes sprinkle some baking soda on the spot and scrub - the stain will disappear.  **I have personally tried this on a home I had listed that had a small cigarette burn/stain on a counter and IT WORKED!  Now, it wasn't a deep and nasty stain but a stubborn one nonetheless.
  • Use a fresh cut lemon to clean your copper pots and copper fixtures!  Just cut a lemon into wedges or halves and rub over the copper - it removes spots FAST!
  • Add some lemon juice to vinegar and place in a spray bottle - you have a fantastic everyday cleaner!
  • GARBAGE DISPOSALS!  I am ALWAYS throwing lemons down my garbage disposal!  Not only does the juice of the lemon help deoderize the disposal bit the rinds help to sharpen the blades.

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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


These are some great tips, my grandmother use to use vinegar water and newspaper to clean all glass in the home.

Thanks for the tips!!

Oct 27, 2009 02:11 PM #11
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Well that just made me pucker right up! Great ideas!

Ice cubes are good for sharpening your disposal blades as well, but they don't smell nearly as good as lemons!

Oct 27, 2009 03:04 PM #12
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

My wife will love all your ideas she is always looking for ways to reduce cost and still have good products. Thanks for the tips.

Oct 27, 2009 04:33 PM #13
Dan Quinn
The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate - Silver Spring, MD
Dan Quinn

I'll have to give these a try.  It makes sense, these methods have been forgotten since products like 409 and Fantastic came on the market.

By far, my favorite use of the lemon is sliced with a bottle of Corona.

Oct 27, 2009 10:36 PM #14
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Hey Laxson Associates - Whats your real name?  I want to know so I can call you friend when we eat those Lemon Cupcakes!!!!  :)

Lana - Yes, they are great for the disposal!  Thrown in a few ice cubes and you have a super clean and great smelling sink!

Debbie - I have tried a lemon tree and it just never grew for me!  Then again, I don't live in Florida! ;)

Toula - hey girlie!  You are more than welcome!

Oct 28, 2009 12:07 AM #15
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Great tips Leesa!

And don't forget to add a lemon here too.......!!!

Another great use for lemons!

Oct 28, 2009 12:35 AM #16
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

As a dog lover I have one more lemon juice tip. If your puppy gets food stains in the hair around their mouth, wash it off/soak it with a little lemon juice. It will make the dingy brown food color go away. The hard part is keeping them still while you do it.


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Oct 28, 2009 06:38 AM #17
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Leesa, I use lemons often and never think of cleaning with them.  I'll try it, it's a wonderful idea!

Oct 28, 2009 12:20 PM #18
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Great tips Leesa.  I love the smell of lemons.  Great air freshener

Oct 28, 2009 10:37 PM #19
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Mike - it really works!

Cherimie - Really?  Hhmmm, you can't beat a grandma's advice!!!

Steve - sounds so very, very good.....perhaps after cleaning the countertops....

Kathy - it's been busy, that's for sure!  Hope you are doing well also!

Marney - Lemons are just awesome! And as you can see by the comments this post has definitely taken a turn!  ;)

Don - I have actually used the newspaper and vinegar method - really works!

Oct 29, 2009 01:49 AM #20
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Thom - Ice cubes are PERFECT for sharpening the blades!  I use both at the same time - a little lemonade for my disposal!

Terry - Happy to hear that!  Getting ready to share some more today!

Dan - Gotta agree!  The Corona and Lemon is the best cleaning method - you FORGET ABOUT CLEANING!

Craig - Agreed!

Oct 30, 2009 11:59 PM #21
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Leesa - Good stuff!  I'd do one on the many uses of bourbon but I always polish off the bottle before I get to try any other uses!  No offense guys but I prefer lime with my corona.

Nov 01, 2009 12:33 PM #22
Will Goodson
Sheffield Properties/Private Label Realty - Austin, TX

Leesa, those are great tips.  Who knew lemons had so many great uses!?!  I'e heard about putting them down the disposal, but the counter tops idea is new to me.  I will definitely keep that in mind.  My best favorite use for lemons is squeezing them over a fresh fillet of fish!  Also, you're getting close to 300,000 points.  That is awesome!  I hope I can get to that level someday!

Nov 02, 2009 05:49 AM #23
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Betina - THAT'S AWESOME! I never knew that and it sounds brilliant - THANKS!

Carole - Hope you get just as good results!

Paddy - Lemon (or any citrus smell) perks me right up!

Nevin - I thought the was the appropriate way to have a Corona as well.  hhmmm....

Will - Fresh fish or BROCCOLI!  Hope you are well and believe me - you will get there sooner than you think with the fantastic blogging that you are doing!

Nov 02, 2009 06:17 AM #24
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

hmmm you know those glade plug-in's? mine dripped onto my lino - now i have an orange stain i can't get off - think it might work?

Nov 02, 2009 04:23 PM #25
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Liz - worth a shot!  I had one of the plugins do that as well BUT ON CARPET!

Nov 04, 2009 12:51 AM #26

By combining a few tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of table salt you have a great copper cleaning agent.  Just rub in on and then polish it off…so shiny! If your items are heavily soiled, you can buff the area with ketchup and a sponge.   You can also rub lemon on brass and copper to get into any grooves that need cleaning…just be sure to wipe it off once it is clean.

Nov 05, 2009 08:49 AM #27
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Hi Alicia - Ketchup?  Who knew?  (Well, I guess you did!)  I am off to research what other fine uses their are for ketchup - I smell another "Green" post coming on!  Thanks so much!

Nov 05, 2009 08:55 AM #28
Diane Petykowski

Hello Leesa, What a roundabout way I happened to come across your lemon tips!  (Ironic since lemons are one of my favorite earthly things!  They're all over my kitchen; mostly collectibles.)  Anyway, I put in a search for 'things to do with unwanted photographs' and there was the "Think Green" logo, "Wake Forest" clearly visible.  Sure did grab me. I don't really see the connection with my search, but it was fun to see a 'neighbor' pop up unexpectedly.  I see that all of the comments are from 7 months ago; perhaps this won't be picked-up by you close to my writing it.  I'll still be looking for a clever use for the 100's of my Dad's pic's I'm going through.  Let's keep spreading the word...Mother Earth should be seen through rose green-colored glasses!  Diane Petykowski, Wake Forest

Jun 22, 2010 02:09 PM #29
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Hi Diane!!!  Nope, I got the comment!  That is a really weird result for your search but I have to admit, I am glad you found me!  I did a whole series on "Green" uses for household items.  You should check them out if YOU ever know that I return this comment!  In the meantime, I am going to think on what you can do with pictures of/from your Dad!  Take care and say hi aggain sometime!!!  Leesa

Jun 23, 2010 01:12 AM #30
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