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Spring Cleaning: A Fresh, Sparkling Kitchen--Naturally

3/24/2011 4:17:45 PM

Tags: spring cleaning, natural cleaning, chemical-free cleaning, natural cleaning recipes, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailI take my spring cleaning in steps, one room at a time. Up first is the kitchen, the most-used room in my house and the one that's always in need of a little TLC.

In cleaning kitchens, too many people get up close and personal with a slew of nasty chemicals. Drain cleaners and oven cleaners are particularly toxic; oven cleaners contain corrosive lye, which can damage healthy lungs within 15 minutes of use. The craziest thing? We don’t need chemicals—even for heavy-duty jobs such as oven cleaning. Here’s everything you need to know to thoroughly clean your kitchen without the nasties.  

Oven: Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda, 1 part water. Spray the oven with diluted soap and water spray, apply the paste to all surfaces and let it sit overnight. In the morning, scrape away the paste using a putty knife, wipe with soap and water, and spritz with a mixture of half vinegar and half water. If hard spots remain, scrape them away using a wet pumice stone.

Floors: Remove scuffs with a sprinkling of baking soda and a little elbow grease. Vinegar and water removes film on floors and cut grease.

Refrigerator: Remove everything from the refrigerator and wipe down with vinegar and water spray to clean and deodorize. Scrub tough stains with a mixture of salt and water. Leave an open box of baking soda in the back to absorb food odors.

 Countertops: Remove grease and tarnish with lemon juice, then wipe with warm water and vinegar.

Drains: To clear the drain (and keep it clear), pour in about ½ cup of baking soda, then about ½ cup of vinegar. Let the mixture fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water. 

Stainless steel (sinks, fixtures, teapots, appliances): Scrub down with baking soda, then rinse with vinegar. Club soda is also excellent for shining up stainless steel.

Garbage can: Wipe down with vinegar. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if desired.

Final touch: Place a small bowl of vinegar on a high shelf to continuously absorb kitchen odors.

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You can get your entire kitchen clean without using any chemicals. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

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3/26/2013 3:20:15 AM
Try using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide made into a paste. Let the paste sit a few then come back and wipe it all off. Finish with a dry towel so that you don't have grit. I have used this on greasy stoves, stained counters, the kitchen sink. I think it does a wonderful job of removing stains.

Health Forensics
3/25/2013 4:20:47 PM
Super saturated solution of borax and water.

Mariana Bryce
3/25/2013 2:10:57 PM
Does anyone have a recipe for a natural remedy to remove stains from shower tile grouting?

Caryn Heilman
3/24/2012 10:05:56 PM
We love these recipes and have been cleaning our kitchens the natural way since we opened on 7/7/07! Not only can we breathe easier that we aren't exposing our innkeeping team to any toxins, but we are also not contributing to any toxic runoff when we use natural and organic ingredients to clean. For our commercial kitchen where we serve guests organic breakfast, our health inspector was extremely happy to see that we used steam vapor to sanitize. Healthier, as or more effective than the chemicals, and in our case powered by our solar panels.

3/21/2012 10:33:16 AM
Great article! Nice to see no borax in the recipes...

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