DIY Cleaners with Lime
Many forget you can use Lime for cleaning since so many use lemon, limes work just as well at DIY as lemons do giving you a whole new amazing citrus scent & depending on your personal preference lime might just deodorize better than lemon & some people do not like the scent of lemon & prefer limes.
Limes in DIY cleaning are very versatile & in most cases can replace lemon in any recipe, you can even use Key limes to change thing up a bit. You can even mix citrus scents for cleaning, I will be focusing on limes today in this blog post but be creative & try out oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, & of course lemon & limes too. If you are just starting DIY there are only 5 items you need & you can replace Lime juice on the list if you prefer, check out the list & ideas here: Get started making your own DIY products with 5 simple items
Citrus makes a great disinfecting cleaner because low PH & citric acid content create an inhospitable environment for bad germs, bacteria, mold & many microorganisms leaving behind the needed good kind that keep us healthy, so while you clean with lime & other DIY cleaners you are actually aiding your immune system by not compromising it with things like bleach, commercial cleaners & so called natural cleaners that break down the immune system (info here). These homemade green cleaners are safe, effective, non toxic & in most cases very easily made & cost pennies. The only cautions I can add about using lime or any citrus do not use on natural stone, granite or marble (use these recipes instead), & do not get in your eyes because citrus does sting though it wont leave you blind or anything it is far from pleasant so just rinse well with water.
For the below recipes I do usually use fresh lime juice that I strained through a mesh strainer or cheese cloth (or my new handy dandy nut milk bag), but I do keep lime juice concentrate around for if I run out of fresh. To me the fresh smells better & in some cases works much better. Any of the recipes below that call for vinegar you can replace with citrus vinegar that I tell how to make here, you can make the lime citrus vinegar & really ramp up the amazing smell of limes in your recipes.
Lime or any citrus makes a great lime scale remover for faucets, toilets, tile, sinks anywhere for the bathroom & kitchen or wherever, for lime scale it is best to apply & let sit to loosen & to use a toothbrush to scrub & maybe add a bit baking soda as you scrub. The acidity level of limes (& Lemons) help loosen minerals like lime & calcium deposits & dissolve soap scum due being alkaline. You can even use the cleaner warm for more cleaning power. Lime gives cleaners a nice fresh scent & is deodorizing not just masking the scent.
Essential oils: Some of my favorite essential oils to mix with lime juice are Orange, Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree oil, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Spearmint & homemade Thieves oil, (where to buy quality essential oils at great prices). Essential oils can be added to any of these recipes if desired.
Recipes are just guides if you prefer to add more or less of something go for it, tweak the recipes to fit your preferences & uses, that is part of the beauty of DIY. Make it yourself & make it the way you want.
Lets get started:
General Multi Surface, Multi Purpose cleaner: 1/2 cup of lime juice fill the rest of the spray bottle with water, shake & use. If you want use warm water for using on tough jobs such as lime scale & only make enough to use for the job you are doing.
Spray disinfectant: 1/2 cup lime juice, 1 cup white vinegar, 5 to 10 drops essential oil of choice, fill the rest of the spray bottle with water, shake & use. This also makes a great air, room deodorizer if you want to mist it in the air.
Spray disinfectant, spot/stain remover, brightener, bleach alternative & mold killer: 2 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 10 to 15 drops Tea tree oil, fill the rest of the spray bottle with distilled water, shake & use. The tea tree oil is important to this cleaner if dealing with mold or things like that, distilled water is best but filtered can be used, because of the peroxide store in a dark spot like a cupboard when not in use, adding a few drops of any citrus essential oil is awesome in this recipe, if you prefer add 4 tbsp of lime juice, fresh juice does work best in this recipe but I have used it with concentrate many times.
Another Spray disinfectant that is great for grime & soap scum too: 1/2 cup lime juice, 10 to 15 drops of a citrus essential oil like lemon or grapefruit, 10 to 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, fill the spray bottle almost full with water & then add about 3 drops of a natural liquid dish soap (If no natural dish soap use Original Dawn), Then shake & use. Many like to add 1 cup of white vinegar to this recipe too, You can also heat the water before adding it or heat the water & vinegar if adding vinegar & add warm, then add soap shake & use as a great grime cleaner & tub cleaner, many use this method to clean shower doors & more.
Simple recipe for mixing a cleaner that can be used in a spray bottle to clean, in a mister for room deodorizing, in a mop bucket for floors, in the washing machine for bleaching & softening, in a bucket for cleaning windows & so much more: ratio no matter how little or how much you add is 1 part lime, 1 part lemon (or 2 parts lime) 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water. Mix or shake & use. Optional add a 1 to 2 drops of natural dish soap per part. – You can also make a stronger more concentrated version that is great for tough jobs: 1 part Lime juice, 1 Part Lemon Juice, 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water, mix or shake & use, optional 1 drop of dish liquid per part. Either recipe can be used warm if desired, simply add warm water.
Copper pot/Pot cleaner: Make a paste of lime juice & table salt & scrub onto your copper pots, let sit like 5 to 10 minutes after scrubbing, Rinse with hot water & dry.
Multi surface cleaner: 1 cup Lime juice, 1/2 cup of peroxide, 3 cups distilled water, shake & use. Distilled water is best but filtered can be used, because of the peroxide store in a dark spot like a cupboard when not in use.
To clean & disinfect a wooden cutting board: Simply cut a lime in half, sprinkle salt on the cutting board, take the lime & rub the cut side on the cutting board using the salt as a scrubber & the juice as it comes out as a cleaner, scrub the whole surface & allow to sit 5 or 10 minutes, rinse off & allow to air dry.
Bamboo cutting board cleaner: Baking soda, white vinegar & lime juice in a paste, scrub the bamboo cutting board & rinse with warm water, pat dry & spread coconut oil evenly using a paper towel to remove excess.
To clean grout: make a paste of Lime juice & baking soda, scrub with an old toothbrush, allow to sit till dry & rinse off, for tough stains. Optional: add peroxide to this mixture.
Carpet, furniture, bedding, deodorizer/cleaner: Add 1 box of baking soda to a plastic container with a seal tight lid, use a fork & work in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lime juice & 10 to 15 drops each of of lemon essential oil & tea tree oil you want the mixture to be damp but crumbly so you can pick up pieces not so wet it is paste. Simply sprinkle on carpet, furniture or bedding & scrub in with a clean broom or brush, leave sit several hours or overnight till dry, then vacuum up, always do a spot check first.Options: add peroxide for stains & to remove pet odors, 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil to deodorize. (more DIY livingroom cleaning ideas here, more DIY bedroom cleaning ideas here)
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