Spring Cleaning with Natural Ingredients: Recipes for the Kitchen and Bathroom
If you are gearing up for your annual Spring cleaning marathon, don’t turn to traditional consumer cleaning products to make your home look clean. Chemical cleaning products may make your look clean, but they leave behind toxic fumes and residues that can be hazardous to your family. Natural ingredients, such as white vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda, will not only leave your home looking and smelling fresh, but will truly create a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
When it comes to the kitchen and the bathroom, thorough cleaning is incredibly important. Between the preparation of raw foods that leave behind harmful bacteria in the kitchen and products that can spill and produce hard-to-remove spills and residues, cleaning can be a nightmare. For example, white distilled vinegar is an effective ingredient for killing E. coli, salmonella and shigella bacteria. When combined with baking soda to make a paste, vinegar can also remove grime, residues from makeup or other product spills and soap scum.
Most natural ingredients can be combined right at home to create useful cleaners. For the best results, only make as much as you need for the task at hand. For cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, here are some recipes that will make it look like you’ve just moved in:
- All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water. This easy all purpose cleaner can be used to clean non-granite counter tops, door and cabinet handles, toilet bowls and windows. When heated, it can be used to rid the microwave of dried food and debris.
- Tile Cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda over the tile, and scrub with a moist sponge. For extra tough grime, a dash of kosher salt will help rid tile of grime.
- Disinfectant: In a spray bottle, mix two cups of water, three tablespoons of a nontoxic liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil.
- Floor Cleaner: Combine two gallons of hot water, one-fourth cup of a biodegradable, nontoxic liquid soap and one-half cup of white vinegar. This can be applied to any floor unless otherwise specified by the floor manufacturer.
- Mirror and Glass: Mix one quart of water to two teaspoons of vinegar. Wiping the window and glass down with an old newspaper won’t leave behind lint.
- Natural Stove Cleaner: Make a paste from baking soda and water. Coat the inside of the oven with the paste and let it sit overnight. Using a sponge, scrub off the paste and wipe down with a moist cloth.
When it comes to Spring cleaning, natural ingredients are an effective choice. These ingredients are well-known for their ability to disinfect and kill bacteria while being nontoxic. However, they offer another benefit that commercial cleaners can’t: versatility. These items can be purchased in bulk for little cost, and you won’t have to worry about having to disrupt your groove because you’ve run out of all-purpose cleaner or mirror and glass cleaner. You can simply make more from your small arsenal of natural ingredients.