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Did you know that the acid in lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains? It’s especially effective when mixed with salt, which makes an excellent scouring paste.  Here are some tips on how you can use lemons for cleaning:

Countertops.  Dip the cut side of a lemon half in baking soda to tackle countertops.  Wipe with a wet sponge and dry. Do not use on delicate stone, like marble, or stainless steel because it may discolor.
Cutting boards. To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Dishes. To increase the grease-cutting power of your dishwashing detergent, add a teaspoon of lemon juice.
Faucets. Combat lime scale by rubbing lemon juice onto the taps and letting it sit overnight. Wipe with a damp cloth.
Garbage disposal. Cut a lemon in half, then run both pieces through the disposal. The lemon cleans it and makes it smell great.  
Grout. Add lemon juice to 1 or 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, which is an acidic salt that acts as a natural bleaching agent.  Make a paste, apply with a toothbrush, then rinse.
Hands. When you touch raw fish or onions, the smell can linger on your fingers. Rub your hands with lemon juice, which will neutralize the odor.
Laundry. To brighten whites, add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle for a normal-size load.
Plastic food-storage containers. To bleach stains from tomato soup and other acidic foods on dishwasher-safe items, rub lemon juice on the spots, let dry in a sunny place, then wash as usual.

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