Of all the rooms in my house, the kitchen has to be cleaned most of the time. Cleaning is often difficult due to the different surfaces and equipment, yet thorough cleaning is the most important because these surfaces come into contact with our food (and vice versa).
It is also a place where hazardous chemical products are frequently circulated, where the use of non-toxic products is most important. I will share my best tips for natural kitchen cleaning, and please share your opinion in the comments!
At my house, our cabinets receive food, fingerprints and artistic doodles from my aspiring Picasso. It can be a pain to clean up! I no longer use microfiber, but the clean print and the thinner purpose cleaner (either home-made or branch-based) work well.
Quick Tip: Instead of cutting old T-shirts and towels and buying veins or sponsorships.
Counters and tables
I use counter tops on my desk for the same purpose as a cleaner and for the same purpose. (I’ve reduced my cleaning cabinet to one or two cleaners and will never go back!) I’ve used it on granite and pharmaceuticals and it won’t leave any residue.
I would not recommend specific granite cleaning sprays, as they are the worst culprits in the chemical department.
Do not use vinegar / lemon or any acidic substance on the granite as it will end the work and may wear the stone down. You can also use homemade alcohol based granite cleaner for hard dirt and great shine, but I don’t use it every day.
The type of cleaning will vary depending on the type of floor, but any floor can be cleaned naturally.
- For pieces, ceramics, etc., a mixture of 1 cup vinegar in a gallon of water on a wet mop will clean up really well.
- You can use all your purpose cleaners to treat any severe blemishes before they occur.
- For tiles and grout, I spray with baking soda and then spray with hydrogen peroxide and leave for a few minutes before scrubbing and then cleaning. This is the only way to keep the grout white.
- There are other options for carpet and wood.
For natural dish soap, I have used many products over the years. Dish soap in my house is a very simple DIY recipe that uses year sods as a base, but these days we usually use a few drops of a few drops; you guessed it; pay attention to the branch basics !
I’m in the process of testing automatic dishwasher detergent because my favorite brand isn’t ready yet, but Ecover is a solid natural choice that works great for us. You can even make your own dishwasher detergent from scratch!
Quick Tip: To clean the dishwasher myself, I put a cup or two on the top shelf of the dishwasher and fill it with undivided white vinegar. Then just run the dishwasher as usual (no other utensils in it). This removes the soapy substance and makes the dishwasher run more efficiently.
This is on my to-do list once a month, along with thorough washing of the washing machine.
I have a self-cleaning oven but I don’t like to use this feature unless it’s a particularly cold winter day, as it makes the house very hot. In addition to using a cleaner, the easiest way I’ve found is to sprinkle water on the bottom of the oven and throw on the baking soda (about 1 / 4-1 / 2 inches which I think) and then Spray with more water. Paste making Then, I leave it overnight.
In the morning, I scrape off all the baking soda mixture (which is brown at this point) and then use a wire brush to clean up any hard stains. After wiping off all the baking soda, rinsing with vinegar and water will leave a clean sheen.
Disposal of trash
I use it a lot to dispose of my trash and sometimes it doesn’t even smell so good. To deal with this, there are some options:
- Cut a lemon in half, place in a trash can, and grind (with hot water) for 10 seconds.
- Freeze lemon and orange peels with vinegar or water in an ice cube tray and put in it and grind for 10 seconds.
- Drain 1/2 cup baking soda and serve with 1 cup distilled white vinegar. Sit for 10 minutes before running and discarding water.
- If you want a store boot product, BioClean makes a great enzyme based drain cleaner.
It won’t be in everyone’s kitchen, but we use cast iron a lot. I try not to use soap on cast iron as it cooks a season that takes longer to complete. Instead, I use steel scoring pads and some regular salt, and cleaning. It usually cleans them without any inconvenience!
We’ve finally moved to our kitchen paper-free, and I’ll never go back! We actually bought several hundred cloth napkins for our wedding years ago, and we still use them, if I ever change them, I’ll replace them with a darker color now so that their Hide scars. Washing a dozen cloth napkins will keep a family together and help save a lot of money and waste in the long run.
We also use extra dish towels instead of paper towels and only replace them every six months to a year, which is still cheaper than buying paper towels.
The way I produce on a large scale depends on where it comes from and what it is. We buy (or grow) organic produce for the biggest culprits, but most traditional fruits and vegetables will do if we wash them well.
- For our garden items, it washes lightly in water before use. I know exactly where it came from so no need to worry!
- For grocery store-bought items, I soak them in vinegar for about 10 minutes, and then lightly clean them with my hands after dipping them in baking soda. I do this before putting them in the fridge so that the chemicals do not move in the fridge and so the children can take their own fruits and vegetables for snacks.
- I have also tried hydrogen peroxide and water sprays on soft skin fruits and vegetables such as peaches or grapes or berries.
Here is my whole post about how I wash my fruits and vegetables.
Under my whim
Like I said, I keep kitchen cleaning easy these days! Although this list may seem small, I have yet to find a clue that I can’t deal with.
Below my sink, you’ll find:
On a related note, I put everything in the boot tray under my sink which is usually from the backdoor so I can take them all out together to clean the bottom of the sink.
Kitchen cleaning list
Bottom line, let’s move chemicals to an effective waste disposal site and stop using them!
I found this checklist really helpful to clean the kitchen from top to bottom. To help make this process easier, you can also download my personal layout, which includes my short lists, room-to-room checklists, and daily to-do lists.
If you’d like to take a closer look at my cleaning cabinet and the steps toward a natural home during this year, I’ll write about it. Fitness Mama 5 Stage Lifestyle Detox Book.
What’s the best tip for cleaning your kitchen? Do you have any tips for natural kitchen cleaning that I missed? Share below!