Lemon is a perfect solution to disinfect our home in a natural way. The pH level of the lemon is 2.3 approximately 6 times more acid than the vinegar. Lemon juice either freshly squeezed or in the form of concentrate, is able to kill most of the bacteria in your home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
However, it is important to clarify that lemon juice is not as potent as chlorine and therefore, it might not kill all bacteria completely. Lemon juice serves for a maintenance routine but should not be used to clean and disinfect dirty bathrooms or kitchens.
Why lemon is a good disinfectant
The high level of acidity in lemons changes the pH level in bacterial cells. This creates an acidic environment in which microbes can not survive.
Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has shown that vinegar is a very effective ingredient to disinfect since it can kill up to 90% of the germs. Lemon juice is even more acidic than vinegar so it makes a lot of sense to make it even more effective than vinegar to disinfect. Also the smell of lemon is much more pleasant than that of vinegar.
Uses of lemon in cleaning
Lemon juice can be very useful when cleaning your home. Three ways you can use lemon in cleaning are:
To disinfect the chopping board
Bacteria can be hidden in the cracks in the wood of the chopping boards. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is a very potent antibacterial that can kill even the dreaded E.coli bacteria. Simply squeeze a lemon over the entire table, let it act for a few minutes and wash the table as usual.
To remove bad smell from the microwave
Squeeze a lemon into a glass of water and microwave it high for three minutes. Not only will it remove the bad odor but the steam will loosen the food that has been stuck on the walls of the microwave.
To clean the percolator
Water and mineral deposits can block the coffee maker and make the coffee taste bitter. Instead of making coffee, put equal parts of lemon and water and set the machine to work. Repeat with pure water.