I try to purchase natural cleaners over chemical-based ones, but sometimes the prices even for the store brand cleaning products are a dollar or two more expensive than traditional chemical cleaners. After learning about some alternative uses for vinegar and discovering you can use that for cleaning, I wondered what else I had in my pantry that I could use for cleaning.
Aside from my bathroom, the kitchen gets messy super-fast and feels like the most difficult to clean. Many kitchen cleaning products contain harmful chemicals like mercury, cadmium, and alkylphenols. Look no further than your own pantry to help you out and save you some money. You’d be surprised what you can clean with some lemon juice, vinegar, baking powder, olive oil, and water!
- Counter or Surface Disinfectant
In a spray bottle, mix 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 teaspoons of borax, and 3 cups of hot (but not scolding) water. Shake to mix the ingredients, and then spray on a sponge or towel to wipe down your counter or cutting boards. If you’re not familiar with borax, you can pick it up at most grocery stores and it’s a natural mineral mined from the earth. Many shampoos and lotions use borax in their mixes.
- Oven Cleaner
Lightly dampen the inside of the oven with water by using a sponge or towel. In a bowl, mix ¼ cup of salt and water with ¾ of baking soda. The mixture should kind of be a paste like consistency that you can then spread all over the inside of the oven, but don’t put it on metal spots that are bare, as it might damage the metal. Let the mix go over night and then scrape it out of the oven the next day.
- Natural Abrasive Powder
Baking soda is a great kitchen cleaner. If you have burned on junk all over your stove or sticky spots on your counter tops, take some baking soda and mix it with a little water to make a paste. Put it on the area you want to clean, let it sit for a few minutes, and then use a sponge or towel to scrub away the spot.
- Stainless Steel Cleaning Solution
Many people have stainless steel appliances that almost attract dirt and oily handprints. Using a towel lightly dampened with either olive oil or white vinegar wipe the surface down. If you use olive oil, quickly go over the surface with a clean towel to remove any leftover oil.
- Soak Up Kitchen Smells
Sometimes the trashcan smell overtakes our kitchen if we don’t get it out in time, or if we cook fish, the smell lingers in the air for days. You can mix baking soda or vinegar with some lemon juice in a cup or bowl to absorb nasty smells.
Who knew that some basic pantry items could transform into powerful kitchen cleaning products? The only one I haven’t used on this list is the oven cleaner, but I look forward to giving it a try soon. Everything else cleans pretty well in my kitchen and keeps it spotless without dangerous chemicals or having that bleachy cleaner smell linger for hours.
Try using a few of these all-natural, chemical-free kitchen cleaners in your home. Thes kitchen cleaning products are safer to use than traditional chemical-based cleaners so they’re safer for your family and pets. Plus they don’t cost a lot to make. Really, you don’t have a lot to lose by at least testing these kitchen cleaners out in your home.