Green Cleaning Tip #1: Lemons!

Here’s Zoe Popper’s first Green Cleaning Tip. Use the power of lemons to get your furniture gleaming. This is a great natural furniture polish that you can also use on wooden floors. You will need:

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice (from real unwaxed lemons)
  • Spray bottle

Mix 1 part olive oil, with 1 part lemon juice. Wipe onto the wood with a cloth or spray directly from the bottle. Then polish with a dry cloth. The lemon will cut through dirt and grease, while the olive oil protects the wood and makes it shine.


Lemons are a great natural cleaner and will make ceramic sinks shine. You can also use them to scour tougher dirt by slicing a lemon in half and dipping it in salt.

The acid in lemons can also shift limescale from your taps. Just cut a lemon in two and twist each half onto the end of a tap. It should stay put, but if not, you can wrap a tea towel around the tap and the lemon, which should keep it secure. You can also use a little of the juice to clean the rest of the taps: soak some cotton wool in the juice and wrap it around the taps, like a soggy winter jacket. Leave the whole lot in place for at least an hour, then rinse and scrub clean.

Alternative Cleaner

If you don’t have a lot of wooden furniture, you can make a good general cleaner using water and vinegar: mix 1 part white wine vinegar with 1 part water in a spray bottle. The vinegar cuts through grease and will work on ceramic surfaces and glass. You can give your cleaner a lovely smell by adding a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender or tea tree, which will also give your spray antibacterial properties.

See all Zoe’s Cleaning Tips

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