So you’ve decluttered the kitchen and now you’re ready to clean it make sure that it’s looking good and there’s no bacteria making the family poorly, but did you know those cleaning solutions may be making your family sick!
Yes, they’re poison and should kept away from little people, and pets, but it’s not just them swallowing the products that can cause upset. There’s so many chemicals in the kitchen but there really need not be! Non-toxic cleansers can be made from products you already have in your kitchen – combinations of water, baking soda, vinegar, citrus and hydrogen peroxide can clean your kitchen safely and thoroughly!
Here’s a few simple homemade cleaning solutions that work.
WORKTOPS & SURFACES
Put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle, and white vinegar in the other. Spray alternate and wipe clean with hot water. This stuff works and I’ve read is more effective than commercial cleaners!
Note – hydrogen peroxide is not the same stuff you use on hair! You can buy the food grade 3% stuff online for a couple of pound.
You’ll also find a great cleaning solution recipe over at The Kitchn.
You need half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of water in a glass bowl. Microwave for a couple of minutes, until it boils – keep and eye on it – and then the grime will just wipe away!
SINKS & OVENS
Baking soda is brilliant for cleaning pretty much anything – just cover the item you’d like cleaned, leave it for a bit, and then scrub. Baking soda is also good for pots and pans.
Leslie Reichert, Green Cleaning Coach (pop over and have a read), recommends brushing a paste of baking soda inside your oven and then spraying the paste with vinegar and letting it foam. Repeat until you can easily remove baked-on food particles. I am so going to try this!
Vinegar loves stubborn stains on dishes or plastic containers. Just pour some vinegar on the stained surface and let sit. Wash as usual and the stain should be gone.
Lemon juice works brilliantly too – if you cover a tub in lemon juice and leave in direct sunlight, stains will be gone! I used to do this with my daughter’s baby bottles when they became stained in the dishwasher – yes I washed them with a tomato-based pasta sauce. School girl error!
You really don’t want to use chemicals where you store food. Instead wipe clean with a 50-50 vinegar/water combination and a clean cloth!
Have we missed a trick? Let us know! And we’d also love to see some before and after pictures of your natural cleaning products!