Concentrated lemon juice works wonders when cleaning your home. Whether you have a smelly tea towel, or rusty cutlery, concentrated lemon juice coupled with these easy tips will help you cut through the odour and grime to restore your items to their natural state. Here’s how:

Hand towels

After hosting a dinner party, the last thing anyone wants to do is clean up. More often than not, we toss caution to the wind and decide to deal with the mess in the morning. The next day, however, you may find that your favourite tea towel is covered in yesterdays taco leftovers. Don’t stress! Simply fill your kitchen sink halfway with hot water, then add 1 cup of lemon juice and 3-5 drops of lemon or tea tree essential oil to the water and submerge your dirty tea towel. To ensure its effectiveness, let the tea towel soak for 1-3 hours before removing it. Launder the tea towel on a normal wash cycle thereafter.

Rusty cutlery

There are many do-it-yourself recipes for removing rust from your cutlery; however, most recipes have one ingredient in common – lemon juice! Place your rusty cutlery into your kitchen sink and fill it with just enough hot water to cover the rusty items. Add 1 cup of lemon juice and let the cutlery soak, at minimum, of 3 hours. The longer they soak, the easier it is for the lemon juice to dissolve the rust. If there is still rust on your cutlery after 3 hours, simply wipe them down with a microfibre cloth to remove the rest. Dry and replace the cutlery.