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5 Produce That Make Great Cleaning Products
BY NICOLE FIGURA
SEPTEMBER 22, 2022
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Looking to ditch artificial products and save some extra bucks? Check out these produce that are easily available in the kitchen or your Peko box and can be used to clean your lovely home! 

 

1. Lemons (and other citruses) 

As many of you may already know, lemons have great cleaning powers!

 

To remove grime from your microwave: heat a cup of water and a half a lemon on high until the microwave's window is steamy. Let sit for 15 minutes then wipe away.

 

To lift stains from cutting boards: sprinkle with salt then rub lemon on top and rinse with water.

 

To shine brass: dampen a sponge with lemon juice then sprinkle some salt. Rub over the surface and rinse thoroughly with water and dry.

 

You can also use lemons to remove stains from linens or countertops by simple squeezing half a lemon and wiping down with a cloth, or squeezing into a spray bottle with some water, baking soda, and vinegar. 

 

Just like lemons, grapefruits and oranges are acidic and make powerful cleaners. For a spotless bathroom: cut one fruit in half and sprinkle generously with salt. Wet the surfaces, rub over then rinse!

 

2. Banana 

Did you know? Banana peels are great for buffing leather furniture or shoes. You can also blend the peel with some water to make a paste and use to polish silverware. 

 

3. Onion 

Onions contain enzymes that when combined with oxygen, turn into sulphenic acid, a powerful and non-toxic way to break down burned-on grime. Turn on your grill and chop an onion in half. Stab a fork into the onion and glide it along the grill, removing grime and grease!

 

4. Cucumber

For those with little ones, rubbing cucumbers over crayon stains on your walls can help lift them off. You can also use cucumber slices to polish stainless steel including utensils and faucets or clear your bathroom mirrors with cucumber juice to keep them fog-proof during your next shower!

 

5. Potato 

Need to remove rust? Cut a potato in half, add baking soda or dish soap onto the fleshy side, and scrub over rusted areas. Potatoes contain oxalic acid, which makes them effective at breaking down rust!

 

 

Did you like this blog? Let us know so we can post a part two for non-produce food that make great cleaning products! 

 

 

Sources

Good Housekeeping

Expert Home Tips

Family Handyman

JustLife

OneGreenPlanet

House Beautiful