Guess what, lemons are not just fruits and toothpaste is not just for cleaning our teeth. In today's article, we are going to explore some useful green cleaning hacks with lemons and toothpaste. So, what is green cleaning then? Green cleaning is mainly about cleaning with products and steps that are not harmful to the environment. It does not only preserve the environment, but it also improves our health and personal well-being. This is because unlike the artificial detergents or cleaners, green cleaning uses natural ingredients or green cleaning products. With this, both you and your family can be free from artificial fragrance or harmful chemicals. In today's article, we are going to look into how you can use some natural ingredients such as lemons and toothpaste for your cleaning routine. Who knows, you might save up a fortune after applying these cleaning hacks at home! You can also check out how other natural ingredients such as white vinegar, baking soda and borax can equally help you with hassle-free green cleaning. House Cleaning Hacks with Lemons #1: Lemon can remove stubborn stain from pans and microwaves Photo credit to Unsplash Besides having lemons for your refreshing drinks and meals, you can use your creativity for cleaning with lemons too. First of all, you can clean copper-bottomed pots and pans with stubborn stains. Simply cut the lemon into half and dip it with some coarse salt. Then, scrub the lemon against the surface or the stain. You will get shining clean pots and pans after this step. This method also works well with brass, copper and stainless steel pots and pans. How about kitchenware such as microwaves? Worry not, you can use the same combination too. Simply squeeze out the lemon juice into a microwave-safe bowl and mix it with some salt. After that, microwave the lemon juice for 3 minutes until it boils. Leave the bowl in the microwave for 5 minutes. Take out the bowl after 5 minutes and wipe the sides of the microwave with a cleaning cloth. You can be certain with removing all stains in your microwave oven with additional refreshing smell. #2: Lemon can remove unpleasant odours from the fridge Photo credit to beingarab.com Have you ever opened up your fridge and got surprised by a bad odour? Other than throwing away spoiled food and cleaning the shelves of the fridge, you can use lemons to keep your fridge clean! Just soak some cotton balls with lemon juice and wipe the interior of the fridge. You can also slice lemon pieces on a plate and place them in your fridge. Not only it will provide a pleasant fragrance, but it will also help to remove unpleasant scents all the time. Bear in mind that a fridge with great fragrance will keep your food and mood fresh. So, don't let the unpleasant odour contaminate your food and your health. #3: Lemon can remove the stain on clothes Photo credit to Unsplash If white is your favourite colour, you ought to have lemons at home as they are a natural bleaching agent. Whenever you got food stain or dirt on your white clothes, simply pour lemon juice over the clothes and rub with salt. Then, place the clothes under the sun for a few hours before washing it. As for oily spots, just rub the lemon juice over the spots and allow the clothes to dry before washing. As lemons are effective whitener, you can add a cup of lemon juice during the washing to enhance the whitening action of your laundry. Though lemons are gentle on most surfaces and materials, they are not suitable for delicate fabric like silk. You can always test out on a small area of clothing before you pour the whole cup of lemon juice during the washing. Next on, you will be amazed by how toothpaste can be a powerful tool for effective house cleaning hacks. House Cleaning Hacks with Toothpaste #1: Toothpaste can remove stain from bathroom sinks and toilet bowl Photo credit to Pexels As mothers, we understand the hurdles of cleaning the bathroom weekly. Therefore, we are here to share with you some easy-to-use tips for bathroom cleaning. This one item in your bathroom - the toothpaste, is exactly what you need for cleaning! Drop some toothpaste into your bathroom sink and use a damp sponge to scrub the sink. Remember to scrub in a circular motion before rinsing the bowl thoroughly. We also have you covered for toilet cleaning. In case you are out of cleaner, simply drop a little toothpaste into the bowl. Then, scrub the bowl with a toilet brush. You will be surprised how toothpaste can remove stains easily while giving you a refreshing odour. Mind that toothpaste is not capable of getting rid of the bacteria as it does not disinfect the toilet. #2: Toothpaste can remove crayon marks from the wall Photo credit to today.com Children are children, they draw with whatever they have and wherever they are. While we might not be able to monitor our children 24\/7, it is common to discover your house wall be filled with children's drawing. So, how can you restore your beautiful precious wall then? Simply apply a little toothpaste on a damp sponge and rub against the crayon marks. After that, wipe the wall with a damp cloth and allow the area to air dry. That's how easy when you have this cleaning hacks on your fingertips instead of yelling at your children. #3: Toothpaste can clean the rubber rims of our trainers and sport shoes Photo credit to Pexels I believe most of us have at least a pair of trainers or sport shoes with white rubber trim. We would try our best to make sure that we won't step on dirt or any other areas that might ruin its whiteness. It turns out that it is rather impossible to keep the trim white, no matter how hard we try. This is where the toothpaste comes in. We can use a little toothpaste with an old toothbrush and apply the paste onto the rubber trim. Leave the toothpaste for around 10 minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth. Don't miss out reading these challenges on getting your children to brush their teeth as you are not alone. Cleaning Hacks For An Easier Household Chores Routine Cleaning is never an easy process. However, with these effective and easy-to-apply cleaning hacks, we hope to give every housemaker a more time-efficient and cost-effective cleaning at home. Do share with us your experience of applying these cleaning hacks. At Motherhood Malaysia, we strongly believe that every parent can care for their families in a better way.