15 Non-Toxic Ways To Clean Your Kitchen
Sometimes, cleaning kitchen can be really complicated. Kitchen is the place where you cook, spill and make incredible mess. And even though you wash the dishes regularly and you try to keep the place clean, sometimes the worst dangers lie behind the fridge and deep under the sink. You definitely don’t want your food to get in contact with that nasty bacteria. So in order to kill germs, you decided to buy a few products from the store. However, these products contain some of the top environmental dangers. The effects of these “cleaning pollutants” are headaches, irritations of the eyes, nose, skin, even some respiratory and heart diseases. Fear not, because we are presenting you ways you can clean your kitchen without toxins.
1. Baking soda is not only good for your kitchen- it is also good for your health! Baking soda has abilities which proved they can kill viruses. Also, by using baking soda to clean your kitchen you are effectively cleaning, brightening and deodorizing your place. And don’t worry about those stains. Baking soda also has the ability to cut through grime and grease. This is a very economic and healthy way to clean your kitchen
2. Another way to get rid of that unknown grease you see in your kitchen is- vinegar. Vinegar is a great cleaning tool thanks to its acidity. In fact, vinegar is so acidic, it is one of the most effective products you can use to clean basically anything. However, don’t be afraid of its strength. One of the best things about vinegar is that is cleans everything gently. So don’t worry about burning your appliance with some vinegar.
3. Why buy cleaning products that smell like lemon, when you can use real lemons and save yourself from tons of chemistry? Natural lemon juice will cut right through grease and it will leave nothing but great smell and clean objects. Also, lemon juice is fantastic for all those hard water marks. If you want to see your kitchen sink shine like new, clean it with some lemon juice. It works every time.
4. Don’t judge it before you try it! You may think this is ineffective and somehow hippie, but trust us, this is one of the most eco-friendly ways to clean your kitchen, but also, your entire house. But we’re here for the kitchen, so let’s talk about that. Castile soap is the type of soap that is made from plant oils, instead of animal products or chemicals. Castile soap will effectively cut all grease and it will clean your kitchen just like you wanted.
5. Do you like essential oils? They are great for aromatherapy because they smell so good. Also, they relax people, so why wouldn’t you feel relaxed in your own kitchen? The natural compounds of essential oils are great as scent additions for many cleaning products. There is no reason to have an irritated nose or throat after cleaning your kitchen. Just add a few drops of lavender, and you will feel great!
6. So you are sick of your oven. Basically any food you put in it has left a mark. “Dinner was here.” Did you know that there is no need to poison your oven with ugly chemicals and still don’t get rid of all the stains? You can use some ketchup instead! Warm your oven on very low, squirt some ketchup over the stubborn stains and leave it for five minutes. Clean the ketchup and you’ll see the stains are gone!
7. Don’t drink soda, use it for cleaning your kitchen! Soda naturally cleans basically everything. If you have a clogged garbage disposal, just pour some soda down the drain (on room-temperature, not cold). Don’t panic when it starts to fizz! Wait for it to stop, and then rinse it with hot water! Also, you can clean your car windshield with soda. The reason for this is the phosphoric acid in sodas.
8. Don’t throw those orange peels away! You can use them to clean hard water spots in your kitchen. The peel can erase water spots on all types of metal faucets and it will most certainly light your sink. If you have some wooden elements at your home, you can use orange peels to shine up dull wood with the white membrane part of the orange peel. Orange contains many oils that act like polish on metal and wood!
9. Are you looking for a more natural way to clean your dirty walls? Try using toothpaste! Put small amounts of toothpaste on the dirty spots on your walls and scrub them with a spare brush or just use a rag. Then, rinse with water and voila! The best thing about toothpaste is that it acts like a deodorant. It takes all the bad smells away. Basically any small spots with stubborn and smelly stains can be cleaned with toothpaste.
10. You don’t have to take your silverware to “professionals” any more. Tarnished silver can be cleaned with some aluminum foul! All you have to do is to bring 1 liter of water, one piece of aluminum foil and 1 tbsp of baking soda to a boil. Then, drop your silverware in the pot and leave it for 10 seconds. If silver is extra tarnished, leave it a bit longer. You will be absolutely amazed by the results!
11. Don’t get depressed over that grimy blinds. You can clean them with alcohol! Next time you want to finish the grimy blinds story, try wrapping a spatula in a clean rag and dip it with some rubbing alcohol. Of course, secure the clean rag with a rubber band, so it doesn’t fall off. Also, you can use rubbing alcohol to clean windows and prevent frosting in the winter! So many uses with one product.
12. Dishwashers are great. But sometimes, they just don’t clean the dishes the way we want. So instead of buying another dishwasher, try using salt! You can sprinkle some salt on a sponge to clean mugs, glassware and even coffee pots. If you clean them with salt, they will be shinier than after you clean them in a dishwasher. Also, you can clean your kitchen sponge by soaking it overnight in 1/4 cup of salt per quart of water. Handy, right?
13. You don’t need a bunch of cleaning products to clean your greasy dishes. You can use pure boiling water for all stubborn grease marks. If you want to use it inside your oven for example, dip a rag in boiling water and wipe all the grease away. Also, you can use this trick to wipe the dirt from your stovetop and even microwave. If you made a really bad mess in your kitchen, mix some baking soda with water and make a paste. Use that paste to scrub everything bad away.
14. Make your own dishwasher detergent! That’s right, you don’t have to worry about the chemicals in your detergent anymore. All you have to do is to mix equal parts of borax and baking soda. Use about 2 tablespoons per load. Also, you can use this mixture to get rid of all bacteria and mold in your garbage disposal. Just pour three tablespoons of borax down the drain and let it sit for an hour. Repeat this every couple of weeks.
15. According to some studies, bathrooms are not the worst part of the house when it comes to germs. But you don’t have to buy those cleaning products with strange health cautions written all over them. Use hydrogen peroxide instead! Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water, and keep it in a spray bottle. This mixture is a safe and natural alternative to bleach, therefore, keep it under your sink!