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Spring Cleaning: Green Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

By Jane Blanchard
Green Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Clean
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If you have ever read the labels on common household cleaners, you've probably seen a slew of ingredients that are near impossible to pronounce or identify. As an alternative, nature provides a variety of ingredients, many of which are particularly helpful in the kitchen. Take a look at these surprisingly effective ways to a naturally clean kitchen.

Sinks

For a stainless steel sink, turn to lemon and salt. Simply pour a little salt in the sink, and rub it down with a cut lemon. The end product is a clean, shiny sink and the aroma of freshly squeezed lemonade. To clean porcelain, liberally spray the sink with hydrogen peroxide before you go to bed. In the morning, shake a little baking soda over the surface, scrub it away and check the sink off your to-do list.

General Surfaces

Do you know what happens when you mix vinegar, baking soda and water? You get an incredible disinfectant that puts your store-bought varieties to shame. Perfect for fixtures, countertops, water stains and more, this all-purpose cleaner almost seems too easy. As a go-to cleanser, create a large batch by mixing 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 baking soda into two liters of water.

Microwaves

Every now and then, the microwave gets peppered with mysterious food particles that cling to surfaces for dear life. To remove these stubborn foods from meals past, microwave a slice of lemon in a cup of water for three minutes. With a sponge, wipe away any leftover food.

Mugs

If your morning cup of joe leaves your mugs discolored, let vinegar come to their rescue. Along with a sponge and some elbow grease, this simple ingredient is all you need.

Ovens

Baked-on food can be a hassle to clean. Avoid strenuous scrubbing by spreading baking soda over the oven floor then topping it with a little water. Let the mixture sit overnight and work its magic while you sleep. If messes still remain, sprinkle an additional layer of baking soda in the oven, followed by a dash of vinegar. This combination produces a bubbly reaction, but that is okay. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub the defeated debris away.

Floors

With as much traffic as a kitchen sees, its floors really take a beating. Free from toxic ingredients, use half a cup of baking soda and warm water to mop tile floors. Vinyl, linoleum and ceramic flooring can be disinfected with water and a cup of vinegar. Interestingly, club soda has a polishing effect on floors, which is perfect for that final touch to impress your guests.

With natural cleaners, you can avoid harmful chemicals and help protect the environment. It truly is a win-win situation.

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