You feel pretty confident that when you buy kitchen cleaners that say “Green” or “All Natural” that you are getting a safer product.
But are you really?
The answer will surprise you and here’s why.
Green and All Natural are simply marketing terms. In other words, these words are meaningless in terms of ensuring product safety for you or the environment.
And, to make matter worse, even if you read the labels, you cannot be sure all the ingredients have been disclosed.
Why? Because the regulator of kitchen cleaning products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), does not require disclosure of all ingredients, so there’s simply no way of knowing what’s really in your kitchen cleaning products.
Kinda frustrating, right?
But, you can make your own cleaning products, without the neurotoxins, hormone disruptors and likely carcinogens.
If you’re like most people, you may think that cleaning products made with simple, non-toxic ingredients don’t work as well, but with one or two exceptions, you’ll discover some new favorites.
Here’s what you need to create your own kitchen cleaners.
- White Vinegar (buy a large gallon size) – one word of caution: never use vinegar on marble or travertine
- Tea Tree Oil
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Corn Starch
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice
- Spray Bottles
- Funnel (makes it a lot easier to get the ingredients into the bottle)
Now for the recipes. You’ll love the all purpose and grout cleaners.
All Purpose Cleaner:
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 10 drops tea tree oil
Mix in spray bottle. The tea tree oil improves the antimicrobial properties. Kills bacteria and mold. (Do not use on marble or travertine.)
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 2 cups water
- 1 TBS corn starch
Mix in spray bottle. Alcohol and corn starch result in streak-free glass.
- Soak silverware in full strength white vinegar, rinse with water and dry
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 TBS dish soap
- Enough white vinegar to form a paste
Great for cleaning cookware.
Wood Cutting Boards Sanitizer:
- Wipe with full strength white vinegar OR
- Rub with cut lemon (use leftover lemon sliced to freshen your disposal)
- Cut narrow 1/2″ lemon slices and grind up in disposal
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 7 cups water
Mix in spray bottle. Spray and let soak for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing a bit. For extra dirty grout, let soak longer and use a scrub brush with stiff bristles. It will make your grout look like new.
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