One of my neighbors has a lemon tree. So, occasionally I’ll come home and find a bag of the tart little yellow orbs of goodness on my doorstep. It made me think that I really wanted to try something new with all those lemons.
I decided to challenge my friend Cheryl at Cheryl’s Delights with the task of telling me one of her lemon recipes so that I could make it. Kind of an active Pay it Forward idea. If you haven’t checked her blog, she rocks! She does all kinds of cool preserving, fermenting, natural, yummy, and just plain good stuff! Do go check her out!!! I’ll wait…
Well, she offered up her great Lemon Vinegar.
I love using vinegar around the house for cleaning. The only problem is that my husband is not terribly fond of the smell. In fact, it cracks me up sometimes because I’ll pour some out, he’ll smell it, and he thinks that something has gone bad and he must find the horrible thing that is obviously past its expiration date.
Well, my friends, this is the answer to that “horrible” smell! Add in some lemons, wait a couple of weeks, and no complaints from the husband! Ha!
- White Vinegar
- Citrus fruit peel (Lemon, Lime, Orange, etc.)
- Clear container with lid
- Spray bottle
Like Cheryl says, “… there is no measured recipe that I use for this. Put the fruit in a container and cover with vinegar. Allow to sit for 2 weeks (I keep mine in a warm window sill). Strain into a spray bottle.” That’s it! And, it’s awesome!
Vinegar is economical, non-toxic, all-natural, environmentally friendly, and kills most mold, bacteria, and germs! Can it get any better!
I also like to use the lemon peels after you’ve drained out the lemon vinegar. Making this even more economical. Use the peels to help clean the microwave by placing the peels and 1/2 cup water in a microwave safe bowl. Heat to a rolling boil inside the microwave. The steam will loosen baked-on food and odors will disappear. Wipe the inside of the microwave clean with a towel or sponge.
You can also use the lemon peels to scrub directly too. I’ll do this in the sink or on any hard water deposits. And, when you’re done with the peels, send them down the garbage disposal to help freshen it and eliminate odors.
So, here are some ideas to do with your new Lemon Vinegar…
Loosen hard water (lime) deposits by making a vinegar “gel”. Thicken the lemon vinegar with some cornstarch until you get a paste. The thickened vinegar will cling to what ever you wipe it on, giving you more time to work.
And, the alternative version for removing hard water deposits: make a paste of 1 teaspoon lemon vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt. Apply to sink fixtures and rub with a cloth. Yes, I have hard water deposits. Lots of them! And, yes, this totally works! Now, I’m not saying there isn’t still a little elbow grease needed, but I’d totally rather have my elbows in lemon vinegar than in LimeAway!
Add a little Dawn to cut grease; this one’s perfect for the stove top. Heat 1 cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch in the microwave for 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons Dawn and put it in a spay bottle. Spray. Wait an hour. Wipe. Rinse. This also works wonders in the shower to get soap scum and lime deposits off the shower walls.
Do your towels smell a little, er, funky? Vinegar can help that too! Wash your towels in hot water with a cup of vinegar or lemon vinegar, then run the towels in a load again in hot water with a half-cup of baking soda. Doing this will strip that residue & mildew smell out of the towels, and will leave them feeling fluffy & smelling fresh. This really works! I love it & do it all the time!
And, I think most everyone knows this little trick to clear drains, but I’ll share it here too!
- Pour 3/4 cup of baking soda in the drain.
- Pour 1/2 cup vinegar or Lemon Vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain with a plug or set a plate over it.
- Let stand for 30 minutes.
- Remove the cover and run hot water down the drain for a couple of minutes.
And, your bonus cleaning tip to kill mold. I use this one all the time in the shower, and it totally works! I also love the smell after I’ve applied it! This will kill the mold spores without creating harsh chemical fumes.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil to 1 cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle, and spray onto the shower walls and floors, allow to dry, do not rinse.