You’ve made a nice cocktail, added a slice of lemon to your glass of Coke, or drizzled a quick squeeze of juice over a salad.
Stop. Don’t throw the remnants of your lemon away.
Mum and life hack expert Chantel Mila has revealed a handy way to make the most of a used lemon – by popping it in the dishwasher.
Chantel says that placing half a lemon – without the seeds – in your dishwasher can leave crockery extra clean and sparkling.
And they’ll smell lemon fresh, too.
This is thanks to the citric acid in lemons, which works to break down limescale and deodorise.
‘This is a tip to help minimise kitchen waste,’ Chantel said. ‘I used lemons (squeezed and seeds removed) but you can also use lemon juice.
‘Don’t throw away the secret to your shiny dishes.’
The hack comes with some warnings.
Make sure to remove seeds from lemon halves before you pop them in the dishwasher, as these could block up pipes.
You also shouldn’t do this trick every time you turn on the dishwasher, as over time, the citric acid could break down the rubber sealing on your appliance.
So, now and again, here’s how to do the technique:
- Add a half lemon to the top shelf of your dishwasher
- Load as usual
- Turn on the dishwasher with a normal cycle
You can also use a lemon to clean a microwave.
Just fill a bowl halfway with water, squeeze half of the lemon juice into it, then put the remainder of the lemon in the bowl.
You then place the bowl in your microwave and turn it on for five minutes, before removing and wiping down.Credit: Original article published here.