5 Ways to Clean the Kitchen with Lemons

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by Alli

5 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen With Lemons was compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

I always have a mile-long list of improvements and updates I want to make to my house. Please tell me I’m not the only one!

Update: We recently built a new house and you can read all about our new house here. 

The kitchen has always been the heart of my home and it’s where I make the biggest messes.  

That’s why I’m sharing 5 Ways to Clean the Kitchen with Lemons. Your kitchen will be sparkling clean and your house will smell fantastic.

5 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen With Lemons

How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

A few years ago I was able to cross stainless steel kitchen appliances off my “must-have” list.

My old, beige kitchen appliances were on their last leg when my husband surprised me with a new stove with double ovens, a new dishwasher, and a bottom freezer refrigerator – all in gleaming stainless steel.

No one bothered to tell me how difficult stainless steel was to clean. Sadly, mine was not fingerprint resistant.)

I tried every cleaner under the sun and I never liked the way my appliances looked.

Then I found this cleaner and I was hooked. It has a subtle lemon smell and it’s the best stainless steel cleaner I’ve ever used. 

After just one cleaning session, I was sold. 

How I Clean and Polish My Furniture

As you can probably guess by now, I love the smell of lemons and I’m old-school when it comes to cleaning and polishing my wood furniture. Lemon Pledge is my favorite cleaner for furniture. 

I love that I can purchase Lemon Pledge at my favorite grocery store. 

5 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen with Lemons - Pledge®

It’s nice having one product that cleans and protects my wood furniture.

5 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen with Lemons - Pledge Lemon Clean

You’ll also find lemons in the fruit bowl on my counter. I use them to flavor water and iced tea. I also use them in recipes and to keep avocados and apples from turning brown.

5 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen With Lemons - Bowl of Lemons

Lemons play a big part in keeping different areas of my kitchen clean, too. Who knew lemons could serve so many purposes?

5 Ways to Clean the Kitchen With Lemons

1.  Clean Your Cutting Boards

Once a month, sprinkle coarse salt on your cutting boards. Slice a lemon in half and rub the entire board with the lemon (cut side down, of course), releasing juice as you go. Let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse, dry, and recondition the wooden cutting boards with coconut oil or white mineral oil.

2.  Freshen the Garbage Disposal

Once your cutting boards are clean, cut up that lemon and throw it in your garbage disposal. Run water, grind it up and you’re done.

3.  Get Stains Out of Plasticware

Squeeze lemon juice into your plastic container. Add baking soda and warm water.  Let soak for 5-10 minutes. Wash and rinse the stains away.

4.  Freshen the Fridge

Do you have a stinky fridge? Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours.

5.  Clean the Inside of the Microwave

I always use a cover when I heat foods in the microwave. Why does the inside always get so grimy and dirty? It has to be the kids!

To easily clean the microwave, add 3/4 cup of water to a medium bowl. Add the juice of one lemon. Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until the lemon water comes to a boil.

Don’t open the door! Let stand for 5 minutes. Open the door and carefully remove the bowl of water. Remove the turntable and wipe clean. Wipe the inside of the microwave starting at the top and working down. Replace turntable.

You can print out 5 Ways to Clean the Kitchen With Lemons here: Free-Printable-1  and Free-Printable-2

5 Ways to Clean the Kitchen With Lemons Free Printables

Helpful Hint: I also keep Pledge® Lemon Wipes on hand to wipe up dust, dirt, and messes. The wipes fit right in my kitchen drawer. When I make a mess in the kitchen, I can grab a wipe and quickly clean, condition, and protect while leaving behind the fresh lemon Pledge® scent.

Added bonus: The Pledge® Lemon Wipes feature Allergen Trappers® to remove dust and up to 90% of the allergens found in dust.

Pledge Lemon Clean Wipes - 5 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen With Lemons

I love it when my kitchen is sparkling clean and it smells like freshly squeezed lemons. Have you ever used lemons in your cleaning routine? 

To get even more helpful cleaning tips, join me in following Pledge® on Facebook.

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Robin Masshole Mommy April 13, 2016 - 5:59 am

I clean a lot with lemons. I try to go the natural route as much as possible when it comes to cleaning.

Kita April 13, 2016 - 8:04 am

Lemon, baking soda and vinegar are cleaning staples for me. When in a crunch, I always use Pledge as my alternative.

Jeanette April 13, 2016 - 9:55 am

My entire kitchen stainless steel. I cannot wait to try this. Right now I use a little bit of water and Dawn dish soap and then a little bit of baby oil.

Pam April 13, 2016 - 11:19 am

Lemons are so versatile when it comes to cleaning. So is pledge- that’s why I always keep both around.

Mimi Green April 13, 2016 - 2:16 pm

I want stainless steal but I have two kids who will ruin the front with dirty hands. This is an excellent tip to note, I also like the microwave one.

Liz Mays April 13, 2016 - 3:17 pm

These are some awesome little tricks. I need to try using lemons to freshen up my fridge. It sounds easy!

Felicia Izzard April 13, 2016 - 4:07 pm

These are good tips. I will clean those stains off my plastic with lemon!

Brittany April 13, 2016 - 11:18 pm

Yum, lemon is my favorite and leaves the house smelling so clean! Thank you for these tips! xoxo

Up Run For Life April 13, 2016 - 11:49 pm

I thought I was wise to get black appliances too. I tend to show smudge makes, baby boy handprints, and water stains. I’ll have to see if pledge helps.

Mar April 13, 2016 - 11:51 pm

Great tips! I love using lemon in our garbage disposal! Smells so much better!

Sam April 14, 2016 - 1:16 am

I love lemons! Thank you for the tips. A few I do, but I few I didn’t know. Both my microwave and my garbage disposal need a little freshening up.

Bonnie @wemake7 April 14, 2016 - 7:03 am

Great post. I have heard about cleaning with lemons but never have done it. These pledge products look great.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai April 14, 2016 - 1:50 pm

I love using Pledge for my stainless steel as well. 🙂 I am going to have to give your cutting boards and refrigerator tips a try. I love the fresh scent of lemons. Anytime I have citrus, I always toss some in the garbage disposal…smells so good. Thanks for the lovely printable!

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Vidya Sudarsan April 15, 2016 - 12:56 am

The smell of lemon is very refreshing, especially in the kitchen. I use Pledge products to clean my furniture but have never used it on stainless steel. Glad to learn more ways to use lemon and Pledge prroducts.

Alli April 15, 2016 - 11:21 am

Pledge is awesome on stainless steel. Now all my kitchen appliances sparkle and shine.

Jasmine Watts April 15, 2016 - 6:53 am

These are some great tips!! I love using lemon and it leaves the house smelling so clean!!

michele d April 15, 2016 - 7:42 am

I would love to try Pledge wipes. I haven’t seen them yet in the stores but I’ll be on the look out. I love finding new ways ways to clean!

Alli April 15, 2016 - 11:20 am

They should be right beside the regular Pledge. I love having them around for quick cleanups.

Anosa April 17, 2016 - 7:57 am

I absolutely love using pledge in my home and the lemon flavour is the best as it just leaves a clean feeling in my home

Cathy April 17, 2016 - 5:05 pm

I love lemons, and the clean scent that they leave behind! What creative ways to use lemons!

Sarah Bailey April 21, 2016 - 8:18 pm

It is amazing what you can do with items you normally have around the house – I need to try cleaning with lemons! x

Emily April 24, 2016 - 10:44 pm

I use a lot of these cleaning tricks; lemons are something I always try to have on hand! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday last week!

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Marie Anderson April 1, 2018 - 1:38 am

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