Cleaning with Citrus

May 01, 2006

Citrus fruits are a great way to get the healthful antioxidants needed to protect against a slew of diseases. But they can also be a boon when disinfecting kitchen surfaces and ridding your house of other pesky bugs. Next time you reach for your household cleaners, look no further than your citrus fruit bowl.

Lemons. Use the oil as a natural glass cleaner or to wipe off soap scum in the shower. The juice is tough on stains on solid- surface countertops, such as Corian®, while the rind can be dropped into the garbage disposal as a deodorizer.

Oranges. Orange oil is great for cleaning glass, whereas the rind can be baked in your oven on low heat to infuse the whole house with the fresh smell of oranges.

Grapefruit. The juice is excellent for cleaning marble surfaces. Simply cut the fruit in half and dip the exposed part in a dish of salt before rubbing it on the surface (but rinse the area with water and pat it dry as soon as the stain is gone!).

Source: Associated Press.

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