Green My Kitchen

There are many natural cleaners you can make right in your own kitchen that are not toxic. Most cleaners that are on the market and available in the grocery store are very toxic. As we spray these cleaners around the kitchen breathing in the fumes and allowing the chemicals to be absorbed through the skin we are not only polluting ourselves but also the environment. Throwing the paper towels with chemicals on them in the trash as well as washing chemicals down the drain contaminates the environment. These harmful chemicals go right into landfills (the earth) and into the water supply.

Learn how to create a nontoxic environment in the home so it will not create a negative impact on the earth. Every action we take causes a reaction. If you spray chemicals around your home they have an impact on you, your family and the earth in a negative way.

I have listed a few natural cost-effective ways to clean in your home. Try a few...

1. Olive oil: Use to polish furniture.(Three parts olive oil to one part white vinegar or two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice).

2. White vinegar: Cleans linoleum floors and glass(from windows to shower doors) when mixed with water and a little soap(Castile or vegetable). It cuts grease and removes stains, and removes soap scum and cleans toilets (add a bit of baking soda if you like). Pour down drains once a week for antibacterial cleaning. Add to water in a spray bottle to kill mold and mildew.

3. Tea tree oil: Can be added to vinegar/water solutions for its antibacterial properties. Use it to kill mold and mildew, and on kitchen and bathroom surfaces instead of chemical products. Add 50 drops to a bucket of water to clean counter tops and tile floors.

4. Baking soda: An all purpose cleaner; especially effective on glass coffee pots and glassware; removes red wine stains from carpeting. A paste (made with water) can shine stainless steel and silver; the paste also can remove tea stains from cups and saucers. Make a paste with castile- or vegetable based soap and a drop of essential oil (tea tree or lavender) to clean sinks, countertops, toilets and tubs.

5. Coarse salt: Cleans copper pans and scours cookware. Sprinkle salt on rust stains and squeeze a lime or lemon over them, let sit for several hours and wipe off.

6. Grapefruit extract: Add to water in a spray bottle for an odorless way to kill mold and mildew.

7. Lemon juice: Use as a bleaching agent on clothing, and to remove grease from the stove and countertops. Add 2 tbsp of lemon juice to 10 drops of lemon oil and a few drops of jojoba oil to clean and polish wood furniture.