May 3, 2010

All Natural

by Ellen Wilson

Green Cleaning
Clean your kitchen with natural cleaning products.

Instead of pulling out a bottle of bleach for cleaning the counters, try a natural solution. Besides being non-toxic, lemons, vinegar and other items work just as well as cleaning products without any hazardous materials. Here are a few options for cleaning naturally:

Lemons: With their high acidity, lemons are a great cleaning resource. For counter tops, cut a lemon in half and dip it in baking soda. Scrub away and then wipe the counter down with a wet sponge.  If you need to remove stains from a cutting board, wipe it with lemon juice and let it sit for twenty minutes. Rinse off and repeat if necessary.

If your Tupperware is stained red from pasta sauce, rub lemon juice on it and let it dry in a sunny place. After it's dry, wash with soap. Once you've used the juice for cleaning, cut the lemon rind up and grind it in the garbage disposal to eliminate bad odors.

Disinfect the interior of your dishwasher by pouring 1/2 a cup of vinegar in the interior soap dispenser and run an empty cycle. Clean bathroom or kitchen drains by pouring vinegar down them, waiting for thirty minutes, and then flushing with cold water. If your kitchen floor is a mess, clean it with a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar and warm water.

Baking Soda: Use baking soda to keep away unpleasant odors in the fridge or in your garbage can. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your garbage pail before you but a new bag in. You can also use if for cleaning the burners on your stovetop. Soak them in a large bowl of warm water mixed with 1/2 cup baking soda for a half an hour.

Cornstarch: For grease spills on carpets, cover the spot with cornstarch and let it sit for fifteen to thirty minutes before vacuuming.

Salt: If you have any seriously greasy pots and pans, sprinkle salt over them to absorb the grease. Empty the salt before washing. Or if something bubbled over in the oven, pour salt over the spill and wipe it with a damp cloth after the oven has cooled.

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