Why Lemons Should Be In Your Eco-Friendly Cleaning Arsenal

  • Lemons for Eco-Friendly Cleaning

When life gives you lemons… start cleaning! 

Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we’re all about making simple swaps that can add up to a significantly more sustainable lifestyle for you and yours. That includes spotlighting some of the powerful green cleaning products that are healthy for the environment, and for your home. 

Did you know that one of nature’s most impactful cleaning agents is probably sitting in a bowl on your countertop or in your fridge right now? That’s right, I’m talking about lemons!

The Cleaning Power of Lemons

You zest them into salad dressings and squeeze them into lemonade — but if you’re not using lemons for cleaning your home top to bottom, you’re missing out. 

One reason I love lemons is that they’re incredibly eco-friendly. It goes without saying that lemons are completely zero waste. They grow on trees — literally — and are thus completely biodegradable. And while there is some debate, many environmental experts agree that you can compost citrus peels — and, in fact, that doing so can help repel unwanted scavengers and foragers from your compost pile! (To help speed up the decomposition process, simply slice up the peels to make them a bit smaller, so that they break down more quickly.)

Beyond their benefits for the planet, lemons are secret powerhouses that you can put to work in just about every room in your house. For one thing, they emit a sweet and tangy scent that is just heavenly. Why opt for chemical products that mimic the smell of fresh lemons, when you can go for the real thing? You can buy all-natural lemon juice by the bottle (just make sure there’s no added sugar or chemicals), or stock up on lemons in bulk from the grocery store or farmer’s market. 

Even more impressive, the naturally occurring acids found in lemon juice are antibacterial and antiseptic, meaning that they can help kill microorganisms and bacteria. With that being said, it is important to note that you shouldn’t get rid of your bleach and other disinfectants just yet; while lemon juice is potent, it is not the most powerful disinfectant, and you’ll definitely want to keep your favorite environmentally friendly disinfectants on hand for your most-used surfaces. 

Green Cleaning With Lemons: 8 Easy Ideas to Try Around the House

Still, lemon is a versatile and incredibly useful cleanser that can be paired with your other pantry staples to get to work on a wide variety of tasks around the house — sparkling, shining, degreasing, and more. 

Here are just a few ways to put lemon to work for green cleaning your household: 

A few last notes? As with any cleaning product, it’s important to be safe and cautious. Never mix lemon juice with bleach, and avoid using lemons on surfaces that might mar or discolor easily, like marble countertops or colorful fabrics.

Sweeping Dimensions: A Cleaning With a Conscience

Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we focus on handling all sorts of cleaning and housekeeping projects, so you can focus on the other things that matter most to you.

A big part of that is making sure our clients’ wants and needs are met at all times. That’s why we make a point of always having sustainable and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions on hand and ready to use.

We also believe in passing along our green cleaning knowledge, whenever we can. We love to talk about all things cleaning and organizing, including the strategies that can make taking care of your home a more sustainable practice. The more people we can bring together in our mission for a greener world, the better off all of us will be!

So, if you ever have a question about comparing cleaning products, or making a green switch in your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch – I am always happy to talk shop! At SDCS, we are sincerely passionate about these issues, dedicated to finding real solutions, and always eager to keep the conversation going.

Want to set up a green cleaning for your Chicago home? Don’t hesitate to reach out for your FREE service estimate!

Looking to exchange ideas on reusable alternatives to sponges, or share how you’re going to focus on sustainability this year? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via email or on social media to let us know your thoughts.

2021-04-23T16:42:14+00:00 May 3rd, 2021|Residential Cleaning|