lemon

Cleaning metal furniture

Cleaning aluminium, chrome, and stainless steel is all more or less the same, and can be done very simply with the Gyre and Gymble #cleanwithfood process.

Recipe

  • 50/50 vinegar and water
  • Bicarb soda
  • Sweet almond oil 
  • Lemon essential oil

For a quick once over, just spray with the vinegar and water mix, wipe clean, and then add a small amount of sweet almond oil with some added lemon essential oil to polish and finish. 

It the metal is very dirty, sprinkle with bicarb soda first. This will act as a gentle scouring agent and then just follow with the oils once rubbed clean. 

The oil finish will act in 2 ways. First, it will help stop fingerprints marking the metal. Secondly, it will give the metal a lovely clean shine, and with the added lemon essential oil, it will smell great too!

What is lemon essential oil and why use it to clean?

Lemon trees originated in Asia however they are now grown throughout the world from massive commercial orchards to small potted tress on terraces and in green houses.

The lemon is a small evergreen with slightly oval leaves and the flowers have a fragrant aroma. The fruit starts off green and as it ripens, slowly turns to a bright yellow. There are over 40 different types of lemon cultivated worldwide. All are very high in vitamins A, B, and C. Lemon have been used in traditional and folk remedies for many ailments over the years.

Lemon oil is extracted by a cold extraction process, and when fresh has a plain green colour that will gradually turn brown with age. It is best kept in a dark coloured bottled to preserve the oil for as long as possible. 

Lemon oil will blend well with the following oils:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Juniper
  • Other citrus oils

Uses for lemon around the home are varied, however it is a must-have for your cleaning collection. Lemon not only smells wonderfully fresh, but has a remarkable ability to cut though grease and dirt. When added to your Gyre and Gymble mix, it will definitely boost its cleaning ability. 

Recipes

  • Room spray - water and 10 drops of lemon oil
  • Dish soap - 50/50 water and Castile soap plus lemon oil and add some fresh lemon peal as a great boost.
  • Drier sheets - One slightly damp face cloth add 5 drops of lemon oil and add to your clothes drier. 
  • Room diffuser - Fill a glass bottle with sweet almond oil and add lemon oil. To boost add other citrus oils like grapefruit and lime. 
  • Floor wash - Hot water in a bucket bit of Castile soap and add 5 drops of lemon oil. 

If you like the sent of lemons and the freshness they bring to a room, then you can add a few drops to all your Gyre and Gymble cleaning products. And remember, lemon scents go particularly well in bathrooms and kitchens. 

How to clean the fridge

Every now and then it is a good idea to take everything out of the fridge and give it a thorough clean. The worst part of this job is pulling everything out and putting it back in again, but luckily the actual cleaning is simple! And eating clean food out of a clean fridge will benefit everyone in the family. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sodium bicarbonate 

  • Hot water 
  • 1 x Lemon juiced
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon essential oil 

Method

Once all the shelves have been cleared and you have thrown away any lurking out-of-date food, (we all have some, just throw that away!) bring the hot water over to the fridge and use the bucket to hold open the door.

Sprinkle sodium bicarbonate on each shelf and squeeze on some lemon juice. The mixture will fizz and bubble. As soon as the reaction starts wipe each shelf with a clean cloth that has been submerged in the hot water.

If super dirty and something horrible has spilt then you might need to remove the shelf and put it in the sink to work on, but if done every month or so this should be unnecessary. It is recommend that you start this process form the top shelf and work down. This will save messing up work already done. 

The chiller/crisper draws at the bottom can be a bit tricky. You will find it easier to take them out and just put a kettle full of hot water into the bottom and slosh this about a bit. Empty into the sink and repeat the above instructions. 

Once you have the fridge clear of all the mess and spills, just spray or pour a little vinegar onto each shelf and drawer and dry off with a new clean cloth. To finish, sprinkle a few drops of lemon essential oil. 

Handy tip: it helps to put freshly laundered tea towels folded at the bottom of the chiller/crisper drawers, but remember these need to be changed each time you clean the fridge.