Happy Spring! Spring in Utah is a weather roller coaster. One day it’s 65 degrees outside and the next day there could be 6 inches of snow; and then it melts away by the following afternoon. I love Spring. The crocuses and daffodils that have started to bloom peek out from under the snow, reach up and bloom.  I don’t even mind snow in April (and occasionally in May) because I know it won’t last too long.

My Lemon Tree

A lemon from my tree!

Another thing this time of year brings for me is ripe lemons. Yes, lemons. Utah is not citrus country, but my sister Carol gave me an indoor Meyer Lemon Tree. This year it had 7 lemons! I put it outside in late spring and leave it through fall to get pollinated, then bring it inside during the cold months. I love watching the tiny green fruit grow and plump up and finally turn yellow. It is a true delight to watch during the winter months.

Lemon is one of my favorite essential oils. Its fresh citrusy scent awakens the senses. It is the perfect oil to use for spring cleaning and freshening up areas that need it. Whether you are cleaning a kitchen or opening up a cabin that had been closed for winter, lemon will be your friend. It has great antibacterial and antiviral properties. Putting 3-4 drops in a diffuser can brighten up a room and clean the air.

How I Clean with Lemon

Here is a recipe I use to wipe down most surfaces, including windows: (mix in a spray bottle)

Be sure to shake before use as the oils will settle on top.

Another great use of lemon essential oil is for cleaning the microwave. Just put a few drops in a cup of water. Put this in the microwave on high for one minute. Then wipe the inside down with a paper towel.

Grinding up lemon peel in your disposal is a great way for cleaning and freshening that appliance too.

Happy spring cleaning!