Not food today but how to make your own lemon detergent at home

I always use eco cleaning products, or go for the 'home remedies' like baking soda, vinegar and methylated spirit, but I always fantasized about making some myself. I found some good ideas on Galline 2nd Life, a blog that I like very very very much! I was immediately attracted by the washing up and dishwasher detergent, but for a different reason: it reminded me of a beautiful lemon salt scrub for the body that someone presented me years ago. It smelled great and was so nice to use under the shower... it even looked like the one in the picture... So I tried!

Ingredients, as given by Lo in Galline 2nd Life

3 lemons
200 g salt
400 ml water
100 ml white vinegar

Slice the lemons, keeping the peel but discarding the pips. In a food processor blend the lemons as finely as possible with the salt and a little water (taken form the 400ml). Place in a pot, add the rest of the water and the vinegar. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Once cold place in a jar.

I tried to use it for the dishes and it works quite well, unless the dishes are really greasy. For the dishwasher Lo suggests to put 2 tbsp in the dishwashing powder compartment, I did and tried at different temperatures, but I think that it works better if doing the dishes by hand.

Lo also says that it can be used for wooden chopping boards, and I used it for the kitchen sink and marble benches (very good, and with a nice lemony smell). Then I took it into the shower and use it on myself! This is where I liked it best: a mild exfoliant, particularly nice for the feet, especially if you are one of those New Zealanders who spend half of their life in jandals or bare-footed!

In a few words: a real multipurpose detergent! Thank you Lo!

Recipe by Lo and Photo by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. What a neat post! Looking forward for more post from you. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful post..

  3. Mia mamma lo faceva spesso il detersivo in casa, ma ci aggiungeva la soda...grazie per il tuo complimento...ciao.

  4. Una strepitosa idea! Bravissima

  5. La preparavo con il Bimby ed era eccezionale, i piatti e i bicchieri uscivano splendidi dalla lavastoviglie...poi la venditrice del Bimby mi ha proibito di farlo perchè si distruggevano le lame!! SIGH, però è una ricetta eccezionale.

    Si per decorare la torta ho usato le amarene stanno benissimo!!!BAcioni

  6. What a great idea, have you tried with laundry?

  7. Not yet, Medifast, but I would like to :-)

  8. I am a huge fan of finding home "remedies", especially ones that are more eco friendly.

  9. That should definitely come handy sometime. Moreover I think it must be fragrant n refreshing- thanks for sharing dear..'
    Have a nice weekend!

    US Masala

  10. This sounds cool and eco friendly too! Thanks for sharing this :)!


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