Between dirty dishes and garbage pails, the kitchen is one room in the house that’s a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. No one wants a dirty kitchen, yet many conventional household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are not only bad for you, but they’re also bad for the environment too. When you want to sanitize your home, reach for safe, non-toxic alternatives. Keep reading for four healthy ways to clean your kitchen.
Non-Toxic Oven Cleaner
From standard oven cleaners with hazardous chemicals to that horrible smell that results when you run the oven’s self-cleaning feature, cleaning your oven doesn’t have to cause an air quality disaster in your home.
All you need for a sparkling clean range is a few items you probably already have in your kitchen. Make a thin paste with baking soda and water and apply it to the inside surfaces of your oven. Leave the paste on for up to 10 hours, spritzing with water when it dries out. Wipe off the baking soda with a wet sponge, and ta-da — a fume-free way to a clean oven.
Homemade Drain Cleaner
Nothing’s worse than a kitchen sink with a smelly or slow-moving drain. Before you reach for a bottle of Draino, remember that most plumbers recommend against it. It can burn your skin, eyes, and lungs, and even damage your pipes.
For a safer, greener way to clear smelly drains, sprinkle ¼ cup baking soda in the drain, followed quickly by ¼ cup white vinegar. After the mixture has sat and bubbled for an hour, pour 4 cups of boiling water down the drain. Repeat the process if necessary. Use this method to clean out your drains regularly, and they’ll stay fresh and free-flowing.
Antibacterial Alternatives To Bleach
Kitchen’s need disinfecting. From filthy cookware to grimy floors and countertops, your food is at risk of touching harmful bacteria on almost every surface. Bleach is probably the most common antibacterial cleanser, but it’s just plain dangerous. Thankfully, antibacterial cleaning solutions don’t start and end with bleach.
To mix up an abrasive, homemade antibacterial paste for food prep surfaces, mix one part lemon juice with two parts baking soda. A half a lemon dipped in baking soda is a handy, eco-friendly scrub brush.
All-Natural Floor Cleaner
Your kitchen floor sees a lot of action and all manner of germs and dirt collect deep down in your floorboards from spills, tracked-in mud, and cooking grease. You want to disinfect your kitchen, not just make it look nice. Vinegar and lemon juice will sanitize your floor and make it shine like new.
For basic tile, laminate or linoleum cleaning, add one part white vinegar to one part hot water.
When your wood floors need a good scrubbing and polish, add ¾ cup of olive oil and ½ cup of lemon juice to one gallon of hot water and mop as usual.
Cleaning your kitchen is as easy as raiding your pantry, and these natural alternatives for ordinary cleaning jobs leave out the noxious chemicals for a clean, healthy kitchen.