I love lemon. That’s all there is to it. For as long as I remember it has been my weakness. If there is lemon, in it I will come…probably.
Lemon in food has always been an exciting thing with tons of possibilities. Desserts are well known for their ability to make people salivate. The list of sweet treats is endless! I have always been partial to lemon squares myself. Then there is cooking with lemons … and my mouth is watering …
It has so many uses and If we look at its history and known properties we get the sense of how varied this simple citrus fruit can be. An Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Here are a couple of links that I found interesting and useful.
I have been diffusing lemon essential oil in our diffuser for a refreshing air but also when someone in my house starts feeling a bit under the weather and needs a boost with their immune system. It has fended off or shortened a cold significantly many times around here. I will also pour hot mugs of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey (making sure the honey is locally sourced).
My latest venture with lemon is in cleaning. I have replaced many of my chemical ridden solutions with safer ones. I feel better knowing that my family, including our dog, are not breathing in toxins that affect the bodies hormonal level in ways I don’t understand. I also clean more effective and frequently when I can breathe properly.
Another advantage to making this all-purposed solution is having fewer bottles around. I have streamlined my routine and made it more enjoyable, if you know what I mean. Cleaning is part of life and having it be a stress free thing can only be a good thing. I like knowing that I dont have to worry when my daughter uses it. Chipping in around the house is becoming more of a common thing as she grows up. I have been using lemon or lime essential oil with vinager for a while now but until recently I don’t think I was using enough. My last batch included approx 20 drops of lemon essential oil with 2 cups of vinager. I personally don’t add water.
Having a good sprayer makes all the difference! I had a mixture of spray bottles that I have collected over the years. they were all plastic though and if you are adding citrus oil it has to be glass or steel. The citrus breaks down the plastic. I transformed one of my larger mason jars with a spay lid that I got from a company that sells accessories that transforms Mason and Bernardin jars. It has a great spray which for me is important. A sloppy or drippy spray is a big source of aggravation. It has been a cleaning deal breaker occassions. Anyways, knowing how well they work I need to get a couple more.
One more thing…
Having a good stock of reusable wiping clothes is vital. I’ve done away with our paper towels for the most part. If you have enough cloths to last until the next laundry load you can easily grab a clean one when you need it. Even after rinsing it feels grungy to me to clean with the same cloth – depending on what it was used for.