Lemons and Pepper

Text read by Mary Peters

Cleaning Hacks.

Here are two recommended cleaning hacks. What do you think?

Clean dishes using a lemon.

Sparkling clean plates, glasses without water spots and a pleasant fresh scent. There is a simple but ingenious dishwasher trick. All you need is half a lemon.

The acid in the lemon cleans limescale deposits, eliminates unpleasant odours, and leaves the dishes sparkling clean at the same time. All you have to do is put a lemon half on the top rack of the dishwasher.

It also minimises kitchen waste. Use squeezed and pitted lemons. If you do not use cored lemon pieces, the pipes can get clogged. However, beware! If you do this too often, the citric acid can attack the rubber seal of the dishwasher.

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Put black pepper in the wash.

Pepper is something just about everyone has at home. Black pepper is a super laundry hack. When washed, coloured clothes lose their luminosity, white laundry becomes yellow or grey over time. Black pepper prevents this naturally. Instead of using bleaching chemicals or colour-protecting additives, you can use a natural and cheaper method: pepper!

Add a finely ground teaspoon of black pepper to the regular washing powder the next time you do the washing. However, don’t put it in the washing powder compartment, but directly in the drum. The effect of the pepper unfolds, especially at lower temperatures. The spice removes soap residues from the fibres of the clothes. That is why our clothes fade or discolour over time.