How to Use Lemons for a Fresh and Clean Kitchen

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lemonThere are many different cleaning products on the market today. You can choose your old standby product that your own mom used or one of the brand-new cleaners on the market. However, there are many cleaning jobs that you can complete by simply using a fresh lemon. We’ve put together three examples of ways you can use lemons to help clean the kitchen of your Chicago apartment.

How to Clean Your Kitchen With Lemons

  • Clean the microwave. One of the easiest ways to clean your microwave is with a lemon. Cut a lemon in half. Squeeze the juice into a microwave-safe dish and add approximately 1/2 cup of water. Add the lemon itself and microwave the entire dish for approximately two and a half minutes. When the timer goes off, do not open the microwave door. Let it sit and “steam” for at least 10 minutes. When you open the microwave, it should be easy to wipe down, and the inside will smell fresh and clean.

  • Remove stains with salt. Lemon juice can be a great stain remover. Cut a fresh lemon in half and sprinkle it liberally with salt. Use this to remove stains on your laminate countertop, stove or floor. Be cautious when using lemon on any natural surface. You will likely not want to use lemon juice on granite or marble. In addition, test it in an inconspicuous spot if you have worries about fresh lemon juice damaging the surface of any other material.

  • Freshen the drain. If you have a disposal, grinding through lemons (with ice if possible) is a great way to clean this kitchen appliance. Even if you do not have a disposal, you can still freshen your drain by letting lemon peels sit in the drain overnight to get rid of stale odors. The best thing is that the same lemons you've already used for making lemonade or squeezing into your tea can be reused to clean your drain.

As you can see, a simple lemon can go a long way toward keeping your kitchen clean and fresh! However, if you are searching for the ideal apartment in Chicago, we invite you to check out the available units at The Montrose. We offer many luxury options with kitchens that are sure to please!

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