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5 All-Natural Kitchen Cleaners

5 All-Natural Kitchen Cleaners

Chemical free is the way to be.

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If you could choose between two cleaning products—one that contains sodium hypochlorite, lauramine oxide, and sodium silicate; the other, water, vinegar, and essential oils—which would you choose? I’m not a chemist and cannot, therefore, declare with any authority that commercial cleaning products—with ingredient labels that read like university chemistry texts—are harmful. I am, however, entitled to my humble opinion.
There are definitely some messes that require industrial-grade cleaning products, but for day-to-day household cleaning, they aren’t always necessary. Pantry staples like vinegar, water, and baking soda cut through most grime surprisingly well—and they’re less abrasive than most commercial products. As a consumer, this brings me a modicum of peace of mind, much in the same way that buying food with four ingredients on the label instead of fourteen does. You can easily find instructions on the web for how to make homemade cleaners for every part of your home, but to get you started, here are five all-natural cleaners for the kitchen.
Chances are you’ll have most of what you need at home. If you don’t have a spray bottle on hand, you can pick up one here. It’s important to use one made of glass because plastic can leech into essential oils over time. Don’t have any essential oils at home? We recommend using basil and lemon.

Homemade All-Purpose Spray

-1 cup white vinegar -1 cup water -6 drops of essential oil (or 3 drops each of 2 different essential oils)
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake vigorously. Use on kitchen counters, stove tops, cabinets, etc.

Oven Cleaner

-1/2 cup baking soda - 3 tbsp water -1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
Mix together baking soda and water to form a paste. Spread evenly over the bottom of oven and other areas in need of cleaning. Let it sit overnight. Thoroughly scrub in the morning and then wipe clean. Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spray in oven. Thoroughly scrub again and then wipe clean once more.

Wood Floor Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and apply to floor. Polish floor with a clean cloth until it shines.

All-Purpose Floor Cleaner

-1 cup distilled white vinegar -1 gallon / 3.75 L warm water -5 – 10 drops of essential oil
Combine ingredients in a large bowl or bucket. Apply solution to floor using a mop or towel.

Room Freshener

  • 4 cups / 1 L water
  • 3 or 4 drops of essential oil
Add water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add three to four drops of essential oil, reduce heat to low, and allow scent to permeate through house.

Published on June 28, 2016

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