How to Make Citrus Cleaner From Fruit

Overview

Regardless of what kind of surface you need to clean in your home, citrus fruits can help you get the job done. Citric acid is useful if you want to clean windows, wash a greasy stove top or even polish your floor. Best of all, it is completely natural, so you don't have to worry about it harming the environment or posing health risks should children or animals accidentally ingest it. Citrus cleaning detergents can easily be made at home in a matter of minutes.

Step 1

Mix 2 tbsp lemon juice with one quart of water in a spray bottle. Shake the contents vigorously. Use this mixture to clean glass.

Step 2

Mix ½ cup of fresh lemon juice with 1 gallon water in a mop bucket. Use this mixture to clean linoleum, hardwood and tile floors.

Step 3

Squeeze fresh lemon juice directly on stains in white linens. Let the linens dry outside in the sun. Lemon juice acts as a natural bleach that works great on fabrics.

Step 4

Squeeze fresh lemon juice on greasy stove tops and let it sit for an hour. The acid in the lemon acts as a natural degreaser.

Tips and Warnings

  • Citric acid may cause skin irritations in some people. If it causes itching, burning or redness, you should wear rubber gloves next time you use the citrus cleaner.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Lemons
  • Spray bottle
  • Mop bucket

References

  • EcologyCenter.org: Cleaning
  • AboutMyPlanet.com:
  • OldFashionedLiving.com: Natural Cleaner
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About this Author

Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.