Whether it’s a weekly task or you avoid it and only do it in the spring, cleaning your kitchen can be intimidating. Eye-watering chemicals can contaminate your food if you aren’t careful, and these chemicals can also be dangerous for you when they come intodirect contact with your skin. Instead of risking your safety, you can use eco-friendly cleaners to get your kitchen spotless – you just have to know what types of cleaners to use for which specific tasks. Here are some cleaners you can mix up and tips to help you get your kitchen clean again.
Vinegar is your new all-purpose cleaner.
For most tasks in the kitchen, vinegar is a strong enough cleaner to help you out. It is stronger than youraverage all-purpose cleaner and much more natural, cheap, and very versatile. For best results, buy two spray bottles: one for pure vinegar and one for a half-and-half mixture of vinegar and water. Here are some purposes for half-and-half vinegar: cleans stains in carpets, cleans windows, removes strong odors like garlic and onions, and more. With pure vinegar, you can remove sinkodors, wipe your hands to get the smell of onions off them, clean cutting boards and counters, and so on.
Baking soda and salt are more additives.
For specific tasks like cleaning silverware or unclogging the drain, you’ll want to combine vinegar with salt orbaking soda. Keep a box of each on hand, though you won’t need as much of either as you will vinegar. Baking soda on its own (mixed with a bit of water to make a paste) is very good for scrubbing marks off counters or to remove burnt-on food from the bottom of a pan.
Clean out appliances.
With vinegar, you’ll want to clean out your fridge, microwave oven, oven, and other surfaces. You can use it for the stovetop and counters, too. Don’t neglect walls if they have splatters or stains, and wipe down cupboards and handles, too. You can use a mixture of baking soda and water to clean water stains off taps and make silverware and fixtures shine again.
Unplug appliances (and save money).
Some appliances, especially those with clocks, continue to drain electricity when they’re plugged in. As you clean, unplug appliances (which you should do anyway before cleaning them). When you need them again, plug them in. You’ll soon see which ones can be left unplugged most of the time. If you’re wasting a lot of money on your energy bills, use a site like texaselectricityproviders to check whether you can at least get a better electricity rate.
Remove scuff marks and clean the floor.
If you need to clean the floor, use a mixture of vinegar and water. Good old-fashioned scrubbing by hand is the best way to get a squeaky-clean floor. Once it is clean, you’ll notice if there are any scuff marks left. If so, make sure the floor doesn’t have any leftovervinegar, then pour baking soda onto the spot and add a bit of water. Rub it around on the scuff mark and you’ll remove it. It might require some elbow grease!
Cleaning your kitchen without using harsh chemicals or polluting the environment has never been easier. You can use pure or diluted vinegar, baking soda, or salt to do most of the jobs you would need chemicals to do, and with some old-fashioned scrubbing, people will never notice the difference!
Lily Stopford is a retired housecleaner and avid blogger. You can find her informative articles on various websites.
Clean Your Kitchen the Eco-Friendly Way