When Life Gives You Lemons: Green Tips

Some people say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” At The Budget Ecoist, we say, “When life gives you lemons, make all sorts of things!”

Here are some great tips on uses for all of those additional lemons you have on your tree…or perhaps a neighbor’s tree!  Most people are more than happy to share since lemon trees produce more than most individuals can make use of.

Cleaning your microwave:

Add 1 cup water and 2 TBSP lemon juice to a microwaveable-safe bowl; Boil in microwave for five minutes, or just long enough to boil and fill the microwave with condensation. Remove the bowl of water and lemon juice and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a sponge.

Cleaning with lemons:

Take whole lemons and cut them in half.  Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the half lemon and use it as you would a sponge to clean dishes, hard water stains and more.  The lemon’s acidic properties work as a mild antibacterial and antiseptic.

Reduce harsh odors:

Add a little bit of lemon juice to vinegar when you use it to clean. In this demonstration we used vinegar to clean our coffee maker. Here are the complete instructions: Put a new paper filter or a clean permanent filter in the coffee pot. If you have a water filtration disk in your machine (usually a little metal circle above where the coffee filter sits) remove that before decalcifying the machine. Brew 15 ounces of vinegar with 1-2 TBSP lemon juice through the coffee maker. Turn the coffee maker off and let it sit for 30 minutes. Run another 5 ounces of vinegar with a splash of lemon juice through the machine. Discard the cleaning solution after it has brewed. Rinse the coffee pot thoroughly with clean water.  Replace the used paper filter or clean the permanent filter and put back into the machine. Brew a full pot of fresh water. When it’s finished brew one additional pot of clean water and you are ready for a fresh cup o joe!

Enjoy…this one’s on us!