Ways To Avoid Using Chemicals While Cleaning
It's pretty much a never-ending task to keep a home sparklingly fresh at all times! It can be especially difficult in the kitchen, where you want to ensure you're using non-toxic surface cleaners and be sure they're effective for a variety of different surfaces and stains.
The good news is that the best cleaning options might be the DIY solutions that use products from your own pantry. Get back to basics and use what generations of "Grandmas" have recommended. Hera are 5 non-toxic surface cleaners you might give a shot:
Vinegar and Lemon
Add Lemon rind and fresh rosemary to equal parts of white vinegar and water and an all-purpose cleaner with the bonus of a fresh scent. Keep it handy in a spray bottle to clean:
Hard Water stains in the sink or bathtub
Eliminate wall smudges
Freshen your kitchen trash can
Eliminate tracked-in footprints
It's great for glass and safe for most kitchen surfaces, although it shouldn't be used on marble or granite.
Win the battle against grease with sudsy ammonia - mix 1/2 cup with enough water to fill a gallon jug. Use it to fight buildup on oven racks and doors, to clean spatter from cooktops, counters, and backsplashes, for the undersides of vent-hoods and the removable filters of over-the-stove microwaves. Simply dip your sponge in the suds, wipe each surface and rinse with clear water. Soak oven racks or outdoor grill grates in the liquid if necessary to remove baked-on grime.
Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water for a great stainless steel cleaner. Shake well and use the solution to clean your refrigerator, oven doors, cooking surfaces, and kitchen sinks with ease. Pour it on a clean sponge to shine and deodorize at the same time.
If you haven't yet discovered this amazing vegetable-based soap, you should! You can use it on your face, your clothes, your pets, and all-around your home. It fights grease and grime, germs and dirt. Plus, it's available in bar or liquid form, scented or unscented.
Salt and Lemon
Used together, this pair will shine up brass cabinet hardware, sanitize cutting boards and help out in other ways. Lemon alone fights germs on wooden butting boards and helps keep the disposal smelling fresh. Sprinkle coarse salt in dirty frying pans or on spills in a warm oven to speed clean up and eliminate the grime. For tough jobs, use both.