Lemons have a lovely fresh scent and have many uses, including cleaning. Lemons are part of the ‘citrus’ family of fruits and naturally contain an acid called ‘citric acid’. Mild acids are popular for cleaning, including dissolving limescale and cleaning dirty/greasy surfaces. Any acid will have some disinfectant properties, as bacteria do not thrive in an acidic environment.
Many people, particularly those looking to reduce their exposure to ‘synthetic’ cleaning products extol the use of lemons for cleaning. Lemons are sometimes used in conjunction with salt as a surface cleaner as it combines the acid in conjunction with the abrasive qualities of salt.
But apart from the fragrance, we would say that our white vinegar is a better practical solution for cleaning. Our white vinegar is water and acetic acid, which is very similar in many respects to citric acid. The acetic acid is created by the fermentation of molasses. The advantages of white vinegar are:
1. Much cheaper than lemons
2. Much longer ‘life’ and easier to store
3. More convenient due to the trigger spray
4. No sticky residue on surfaces (or fingers)
So in summary, the only real advantage of lemons over white vinegar is the fragrance….and that can be easily remedied by adding ingredients to the white vinegar itself. Our recommendations would be:
1. Add a few drops of apple essential oil. It’s best to do this, immediately prior to use as vinegar is a natural deodoriser and will reduce the strength of the fragrance over time
2. Infuse it with orange peel and cinnamon.
But if you really are keen on the lemon smell, you could use lemon essential oil or infuse with lemon peel.