Given the prevalence of allergic and inflammatory reactions to conventional cleaners, which contain harsh chemicals that pose a health hazard and pollute the environment, you can easily make natural cleaners at home or at work using lemon juice. Aside from being disinfectant, the juice of lemons can be combined with other natural cleaners including white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.

Lemon is a natural effective substitute for harsh cleansers and can serve as deodorizers for your garbage disposal, humidifier, and refrigerator. You can even add a bit of lemon juice to your laundry, to help give your wash clothes a fresh clean scent. Commercial cleaning products help contribute to air pollution and often plastic or aerosol containers that are not environmentally friendly, whereas the rind of a lemon can be repurposed into lemon peel shavings, frozen and dried or made into soap. Lemons peels are also organic material that can be part of an organic compost heap.

Here are some ways to make your own natural lemon-based cleaners.

All-Purpose-Cleaner. Combine equal two parts water with one part lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon essential oil to make a cleaner that is both a deodorizer, stain remover, and disinfectant.

Hardwood floor cleaner. Combine one part lemon juice and one part vinegar to remove grime from hardwood floors. Both lemon and vinegar are effective for removing the smells caused by pet accidents.

Furniture and floor polish. Combine equal parts lemon oil, lemon juice, and olive oil or jojoba oil with polish and then buff it with a cloth.

Window and steel cleaner. Combine one part each of lemon juice, cornstarch, vinegar and water to cut through built-up grease and grime on glass. You can also use this mixture to polish up your mirrors, faucets, and stove.

Coffee maker cleaner. Rinse your coffee maker by running it through a cycle with only water. Then add two cups of water and one cup of lemon juice through the machine. Run it a third time with plain water to rinse it out and get rid of any lingering lemon scent.

Dish and laundry soap booster. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice to your dish soap to help it cut through grease more effectively. Add the same amount to the drum of your washing machine before you add the soap for a cleaner, fresher scent to your wash.

Toilet cleaner. Add a cup of lemon juice to your toilet bowl and let it sit for fifteen minutes before scrubbing it clean with a toilet brush.

Shower doors. Cut a lemon in half and dip it in baking soda and rub it all over your shower doors to remove water stains. 

The above recipes for cleansers are particularly recommended for those in recovery from a disease, those who suffer from respiratory problems and those who know they have chronic fatigue or environmental allergies. If you are recovering from an operation or cancer, dealing with inflammation or respiratory problems or have chronic fatigue or allergies to your environment visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products or call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services such as infrared therapy, iv vitamin drip therapy and being part of our Toronto weight loss clinic.

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