Everyone wants a clean kitchen. But it is important to realize that these days, not all of the cleaning products we use in our Eden homes are safe for our environment. Luckily there are many eco-friendly cleaning products offered now than ever before to make our kitchens sparkle. With a few simple ingredients most people already have in their cupboards, you can make safe, effective, natural cleaning products that cost a fraction of store-bought brands that work the same or even better.
There are numerous good reasons for you to use eco-friendly cleaning products in the kitchen. Harsh chemicals can be very harmful to your skin, eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system. Furthermore, they carry a serious threat to any pets or sensitive members of the household. Aside from the negative effects on your health, some store-bought cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm the environment as well. Toxic chemicals will always find their way out from our kitchen drains into rivers, lakes, and groundwater, killing vegetation, polluting the soil, and poisoning fish and animals.
Eco-friendly products, on the other hand, choose simple, non-toxic ingredients that are better for the environment. The problem is that not all brands that claim to be “natural” or “organic” are truly eco-friendly. There are few federal regulations that define which products can claim to be “natural.” Besides, there are no regulations that require cleaning product manufacturers to list the ingredients in their products on their packaging.
What this means is that it depends on the informed consumer to either to do some research to find the truly eco-friendly brands of cleaning products available or make your own. Actually, some of the best eco-friendly cleaning products you can make or buy contain the same simple ingredients: white vinegar and baking soda. When these are used in different combinations, these two pantry staples can tackle almost any mess your kitchen can produce. With several other standard, versatile cleaning supplies, you can clean your entire kitchen, floor to ceiling, without resorting to the harsh chemicals included in many store-bought brands.
It’s common knowledge that sealed wood and tile floors can be cleaned and disinfected with just a little white vinegar, some warm water, and a mop or rag. Even though the smell of vinegar may not be all that pleasant, you can easily add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to make your kitchen smell great. It is a similar thing when cleaning one of the messiest parts of your kitchen: inside the oven. Getting that burned-on gunk off your oven’s interior can be a difficult task. But with a little baking soda, water, and some patience, you can use a baking soda paste to remove all that tough grime. For the best outcome, you will have to allow the baking soda paste to sit overnight before scrubbing.
Likewise, glass and shiny surfaces can also be cleaned with eco-friendly ingredients. To do this, you have to mix together some rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, corn starch, and water in a clean spray bottle. Then simply spray and wipe clean with a lint-free or microfiber cloth. It’s a better idea if you choose not to use paper towels to clean glass and shiny surfaces since they are not eco-friendly and also tend to leave streaks and bits of paper towel behind.
If making your own cleaning products somehow doesn’t look enticing, there are quite a few eco-friendly options now available. Most of the more popular brands include Mrs. Meyer’s products, Bon Ami cleansers, and Method brand products. These and similar brands guarantee that their products are both safe and effective, not to mention eco-friendly. Most of these brands also use 100% postconsumer recycled plastics in their packaging.
It doesn’t make any difference if you choose to buy or make kitchen cleaning products, it’s likely that once you try, you will never go back to harsh chemicals again. You will not only defend yourself as well as your home, but you are also helping our community by doing your part for the environment, too.
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