Whether you’re looking to buy green cleaning products or you’re curious about making your all-natural cleaner, you can never go wrong with lemon. And here, at We Clean Dubai, we always support environmental-friendly cleaning, especially when done responsibly. That is why, before you jump into action, we would like to draw your attention regarding some less common aspects of these natural homemade lemon cleaning products.
What is so special about lemons?
Most articles on this topic will start straight from the practical side. While they are giving you enough information to get the work done, they leave you in the dark regarding the chemistry behind what you’re doing. And yes, the lemon juice doesn’t have to be harmless with your furniture or appliance surfaces, but it can be ineffective when you make the wrong combinations.
From all the substances that make the composition of lemon fruit, three of them are essential green cleaning ingredients: the citric acid, the D-Limonene, and the lemon oil.
Everybody heard of the citric acid, but not all of us know that the mild action gives its main utility in home cleaning that it has against the hard water film and the common water spots.
The lemon oil is probably another well-known ingredient, at least for those interested in keeping a fresh smell in the house with essential oils and aromatherapy. But aside from its uplifting natural fragrance, olive oil is also an antibacterial disinfectant.
As for the D-Limonene, the least known powerful ingredient in lemons, this liquid hydrocarbon is present in the peel of many citrus fruits. From its medical use to the flavouring and manufacturing applications, the substance is quite productive. You will find it in many water-free hand cleansers, due to its solvent power, and you can use it for your green products as a fragrance and a natural, effective degreaser.
How to avoid neutralizing the cleaning power of lemons!
This is the part where knowing the least about chemistry will come in handy. Lemons clean with their acidity, which can only mean that any association with an alkaline ingredient will risk neutralising their effects! Among the common alkaline cleaning ingredients, you have the washing and the baking soda respectively the Castile soap. Refrain from mixing these with lemon, and you should be just fine!
Does it mean you cannot use baking soda or Castile soap anymore?
Cleaning with all-natural ingredients that include the substances mentioned above and lemon is possible if you do it separately. Feel free to use the Castile soap or the baking soda first, and resort to the acidic properties of the lemon only for the rinsing and the disinfecting part.