Cleaning With Lemons – 11 Simple Recipes

I’ve shared a free printable for Cleaning With Baking Soda, a free printable for Cleaning With Vinegar, a free printable for cleaning with Borax and today I have 11 simple cleaning recipes that use lemons and lemon juice.  Lemons have natural essential oils in the peels and they’re full of citric acid which is a natural disinfectant – perfect for cleaning!

Cleaning With Lemons - Clean Mama

Grab the FREE printable here and if you prefer black + white go here to grab that version.

Put it in your cleaning binder or just pin it and reference it as needed – happy {lemon} cleaning!   Looking for more DIY Homemade Cleaning Recipes?  Check out this series.

What’s your favorite way to clean with lemons?


  1. Kristin Elliott says:

    When I print your cleaning sheets borax, lemon, vinegar and baking soda (which I love the bright colors) I am having a problem with the gray lettering in boxes 3 & 9. Is there any way I can make those dark?

  2. I love cleaning with lemons/lemon juice/or lemon oil! Something I like to do to clean my coffee pot is squirt about a 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice in your coffee pot, add about a tablespoon of sea salt and swish it around until it’s clean and rinse well {so you’re coffee doesn’t end up with a lemon flavor 😉 }

    • Can lemon be used in cleaning stains of oil and other dirt that remains for a long time ? As we know homemade cleaning products is best for cleaning house and other appliances.

  3. CynthiaJones says:

    I use vinegar and lemon sometimes. For the removal of glue stains, you’ll want to apply the mixture of water and vinegar to the area. Heat up the answer if the stains are stubborn. Eliminate the answer away following about 15 minutes. Once in a year i hire Commercial cleaning service Toronto.

  4. Thank you for the recipes! I mostly use lemon juice for window cleaning and it works great! So I’m going to try your tips and hope that results will be good.

  5. This is awesome! I love the smell of lemons so I will definitely try out a couple of these recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Mirissa says:

    I’m interested to know how long cleaners made with lemons last. I need to make some glass cleaner for my kids’ bathroom, but it will take a couple of months to use it up. Will cleaner made with lemon juice last that long or will it go funky?

    • Usually just a week or two, but if you put it in the fridge you might extend it a little bit.
      xo, Becky

      • Hi Becky – great site & thanks for these recipes! On a related note, how long could one keep your anti-soap-scum paste (the bicarbonate of soda, salt & vinegar one on the bicarb sheet)? Tried in on our shower this morning & it worked a treat but ideally I’d like to make up a big pot & just grab as needed so as to reduce the barrier to cleaning aspect of making it fresh (lazy, I know, but just trying to work around my own inadequacies!)

  7. Michelle says:

    Hi Becky, just wondering if I could use a metal trigger spray bottle instead of glass? Thank you for all your helpful tips

  8. how long does all purpose cleaner solution last

  9. Chris Snyder says:

    Hi Becky,
    Your recipes may be our Christmas gifts this year – my husband keeps midget lemon trees in our tiny greenhouse space but had to stray from organic methods due to intractable bug problem that was going to kill the trees. The trees survived and made lots of lemons, but the systemic poison used on the trees means we can’t eat the lemons. So they will become cleaning products now. I’ve a new use for lemons – I used cut halves to acid etch concrete walls to make them take paint better, by dipping the lemon halves into powdered citric acid I got in bulk from Whole Foods before rubbing the juice on the concrete wall with the lemon half (I rinsed with water after I’d coated whole wall with citric acid and let dry before painting). It worked reasonably well at etching the concrete, better than liquid muriatic acid does which is used to etch concrete floors but would have run off of the walls, and it was safer for me – I used rubber gloves, but didn’t have to fear inhaling acid fumes or chlorine gas as I would have risked with the muriatic acid.

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