Lemons have incredible antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, thanks to their high acidic content. For an easy way to clean your microwave, chop a lemon in half, pop it in a jug of water (make sure the water completely covers the fruit), and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes. Once the timer has finished, leave it to stand for at least 5 minutes with the door shut, so that the steam can work its magic. Then remove the jug, and simply wipe away the dirt inside!
To disinfect your chopping boards, slice a lemon in half and dip the cut side in some coarse salt, then use this to scrub away stains. The salt works like a scourer, removing tough stains, and the lemon disinfects the surface.
Baking soda is also a powerful cleaning agent. For an easy toilet cleaner, throw a cup of baking soda in the bowl and let it sit for an hour, then add a cup of white vinegar – the mixture will foam up just like the volcanos you made at school! Once the bubbling has stopped, leave it for another hour, then flush it all away.
For a non-toxic all-purpose cleaner, mix white vinegar and lemon peels in a bottle or jar, and leave it to marinade for a few days. Strain out the lemon peel, and pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle.
For a natural air-freshening spray, mix 200ml of water, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol or vodka, and 15-20 drops essential oil in an empty spray bottle. Give it a good shake before use, then spritz away! The best part is, the scent is totally up to you – why not try lavender and chamomile for a calming mood, or tea tree, lemon and eucalyptus for freshness!
BISSELL Cleaning Formulas are tough on dirt, but safe for use around kids and pets*. They don’t contain any heavy metals, phosphates, or dyes, making them earth-friendly and biodegradable.
*When uses as directed.