Don’t touch your kitchen cupboard until you read this
The Good Life Letter
26th March 2017
- Find out how nature does Spring cleaning
- The surprising use of a fruit bowl favourite
- How to make your life a whole lot zestier!
Nothing is safe or sacred from the black bag cull and the house is full of the sound of the hoover working at full throttle.
The dog and I have sought sanctuary in my office, mostly for our own protection as I fear either or both of us are deemed surplus to requirement when she is in this mood.
Please don’t think that I am undermining the amount of work she is doing, it’s just when she is in this mindset she has a focus that was sadly lacking from Welsh rugby squads during the last Six Nations series (maybe I can get her onto the coaching staff!).
One thing that I am fiercely proud of is the contents of her cleaning bucket.
A decade or so ago it would have been full of high powered and highly toxic sprays, cleaners and creams, and she would have been liberally sloshing them all over the house – filling it with highly volatile organic compounds in the process which we would have been breathing in for weeks afterwards.
But now, vinegar, soap nut liquid and the all important lemons & lemon juice are her go-to products for getting every surface in the house clean and fragrant.
Our house is never without a bag of lemons to hand, whether as an accompaniment to a well-earned G&T at the end of the day or part of the meal to follow; we love them but they also have a very practical use too.
A few years ago one of the readers told me about the many and varied ways they could be used as a very effective and natural ‘scrubber’ which would bring the sparkle back to worktops, ovens and even glass.
Since then we have never looked back – are you making enough use of these wonderful citrus fruits?
Find out how lemons can bring the shine back to your home – and many more uses than you ever thought possible
Home cleaning revolution
Until the mid-1800s manmade chemical preparations were unheard of and the first antibiotics to combat disease didn’t appear until 1911 with Alexander Fleming discovering penicillin as late as 1928.
Lemons, on the other hand, were described in ancient Ayuvedic texts dating back to similar times as the Egyptians, but the knowledge of how to use them is thought to have started in prehistoric periods...
...So if these citrus fruits were good enough for cave dwelling folk to clean mammoth dung from their cloth, then chances are this is going to work with the odd grass stain or two! Of course, I’m not suggesting that Thaag and Noona were remotely interested in keeping their cave spick and span, but we should not ignore the logic of using their ancient wisdom for ourselves.
I spent several years researching the ways lemons can be used to good effect around the home and ended up writing a book, cunningly called ‘The Lemon Book’.
I wrote this back in 2007 and it has remained one of the most popular books I have ever written – with people being very kind about how it has shown them simple and effective ways to use everyday lemons to improve their lives:
"Hi Ray, I keep reading your Lemon Book over and over as there is so much good info to read. Everything is written in layman’s language and is a pleasure to read.” Tom Dooley, Hants
"Hi Ray, I read your lemon book with interest, I have tried out some of the tips lemon in the microwave and cleaning the windows, for example, the stings one also sounds useful as well and I now start my day with a cup of hot water, with lemon in.
There are lots of good and useful tips written and presented in a pleasant, citrusy and zestful way. Very good little book, I only wish I'd thought of writing it!!” Best Wishes John McLelland
What you will discover about lemons will truly astound you – click here
A yellow friend
If a company invented a lemon now it would be hailed as a revolution to our lives and would become ubiquitous in our homes, offices and cars.
The income generated would dwarf the revenue from any other medicine, cleaner or cooking ingredient – we would all be paying large parts of our salaries and pensions over to ‘Lemon Corp’.
But there are no multi-national brands behind the humble lemon, it just grows on trees, costs pennies and couldn’t be more natural if it tried.
As a result, the big boys are constantly coming up with ways to mimic the effects of lemons and actually artificially produce their scent to enhance the compounds they sell to us at exorbitant profit.
Just look at the number of products on the supermarket shelves that are based around the smell of lemon – air fresheners, toilet cleaners and surface wipes to name but a few.
If this is important why not just use a lemon for a fraction of the price?
Well it seems that the cleaning industry has seen the threat and just recently a number of stories have been fed to newspapers and social media about the modern use of ‘old wives tales’ claiming that lemon juice and vinegar are not as effective as chemical cleaners for killing germs.
But this is just plain old lies.
Scientific research has shown again and again that these natural products are some of the most effective and wide ranging anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal products available and perhaps more importantly the ones that the germs never develop resistance to.
But of course that is not the brief the clever PR people have on their desks and so they feed the lazy hacks with stories that plagues will ensue if people turn their backs on the newly manufactured products.
Well let me tell you quite honestly, our home is proof positive that natural remedies, cleaners and disinfectants work incredibly well – and if anyone wants to try telling the whirling dervish that is my wife otherwise... be my guest.
You’ll be needing more than a few lemons to calm the bruising after that encounter!
Join Lara this Spring and find out how lemons can change your life
Yours, as always