Green Cleaning Tips for the Eco-friendly Kitchen

| June 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Green Cleaning

The kitchen is one of the most important places in the house and keeping it clean is a priority. But is it possible to keep a clean kitchen minus the toxic and harsh chemical-laden cleaners? Luckily, yes. Here are some green cleaning tips for a germ-free, healthy kitchen.

Using Natural Ingredients for a Clean Kitchen

One of the best parts of green cleaning the kitchen is that you can find most of your natural cleaners right there in the pantry. So, go ahead, reach for that vinegar bottle. Dilute it with an equal amount of water. Decant into a spray bottle and use it to clean the countertop, glass and backsplash. Want an eco-friendly oven cleaner? Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply to the stained areas. Let it rest. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. If you need to clean the cupboards, appliances and the inside of the refrigerator, simply mix baking soda with some liquid soap to make a thick, creamy cleaner.

Use Cloth to Clean

So , now that you know you don’t need chemical commercial cleaners, time to get started. But wait! Don’t reach for that roll of paper towels. Instead, choose cloth dusters and rags to clean. Better still, turn old bed linen and towels into kitchen cleaning cloths. Wash them before you use them and make sure that you disinfect and dry them thoroughly after use. Not only will these be much cheaper but also, a whole lot greener too.

Use Temperature to Clean the Kitchen

You’d be surprised at how easy and eco-friendly it is to unclog a drain simply by pouring down half a cup of vinegar followed by plenty of hot water. In fact, using temperature to clean will ensure that stains disappear with hardly any effort too. However, be careful not to use hot water on surfaces that may warp or crack under the heat. Hot water is great for disinfecting chopping boards, countertops and even, kitchen dusters.

A Clean Kitchen with Regular Maintenance

Key to keeping a clean and green kitchen is a regular routine. A regular cleaning schedule and a clean-as-you-go routine will ensure that stains and spots don’t set, the countertops, stovetops and appliances are not grimy and cabinets and kitchen furniture are clean and not sticky. So, depending upon your lifestyle and needs, create a kitchen cleaning routine for a green and clean kitchen, all the time.

Cleaning the kitchen using natural cleaners, cloth and temperature along with a regular routine will not only be easy on the environment but also on your budget. So, go ahead, clean easily and stay green.

Photo credit Mike McCaffrey

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Prerna Malik is a freelance writer and work-at-home mom who believes in green living, frugal fun and positive parenting. You can find out more about her at The Mom Writes.

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