I think lemon oil is the oil that I use the most, and have purchased the most in the couple years that I have been using essential oils. Not only does it smell fantastic I find that I have used it in many different ways.
- Paint remover- I did a little painting in the summer and managed to splatter a couple of drops of paint on my foot. Because it was an oil based paint I would have normally had to use paint remover (gross) to get rid of it. Instead I used a few drops of lemon oil on a rag, scrubbed it for a few minutes and volia! The paint was gone!
- In the dish washer- earlier this year I bought Honest Company dish washer detergent tablets, they didn’t work in my dish washer. A white film was left on everything and when I contacted the Honest Company the response was to run my dish washer on hot for 6 or 7 loads to get rid of hard water build up. Well that seemed like a crazy waste of water not to mention hydro. Instead I added white vinegar and 3 drops of lemon oil to the pre-rinse dispenser. The white residue was gone after one use! I have since found a better detergent but I still use white vinegar and lemon oil every few loads to get rid of any hard water build up that might be happening.
- Sticker residue- Have you ever bought a cute picture frame from Winners only to get it home to realize that you can’t the get price sticker residue off the glass ?(because the sticker is always on the glass!) Enter Lemon Oil, a couple of drops on a rag and that residue disappears.
- Sap remover- my Mom sat in some tree sap when she was gardening at the cottage, she used some Lemon oil on it and she was able to remove the sap and save her clothes.
- Fruit and Veggie wash- I find that I use this most often with berries, I fill a bowl up with water, add 2 drops of Lemon oil, plop the berries in and let them soak for a few minutes (probably up to a 1/2 hour or so, I am easily distracted!). Then I just rinse the berries off, dry them and I have delicious, clean berries that are clean! This is also a great way to clean grapes to get rid of that weird coating that is sprayed on them.
- In my diffuser- I love to diffuse Lemon oil any time that my kitchen needs a little air purifying. I find that I tend to diffuse lemon when something that has a lingering smell has been cooked- fish, garlic and onion smells. I also diffuse it when things have gotten burnt- crusty bread in the toaster that was left for too long! (if it isn’t too cold outside I also open a window to get a good breeze going) but I find that the lemon neutralizes any lingering scents.
These are just a few of my favourite ways to use Lemon oil around the house in my daily life! If you are interested in using Lemon oil yourself, you can click here to find out how to get some for yourself.