Everybody aims for a clean kitchen. However, especially these days, it is necessary that we are aware that not all of the cleaning products we use in our Ammon homes are safe for our environment. The positive news is that there are several eco-friendly cleaning products already available now than ever before to make our kitchens sparkle. As a matter of fact, with a few simple ingredients most people already have in their cupboards, you could easily concoct safe, effective, natural cleaning products that cost a fraction of store-bought brands that, indeed, work just as effectively or better.
There are plenty of solid reasons to choose and use eco-friendly cleaning products in the kitchen. Harsh chemicals can be very harmful to your skin, eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system. Indeed, they endow a serious threat to any pets or sensitive members of the household. More than the negative effects on your health, innumerable store-bought cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm the environment as well. Toxic chemicals easily work its way from our kitchen drain into rivers, lakes, and groundwater, killing vegetation, polluting the soil, and poisoning fish and animals.
Eco-friendly products, on a more positive note, use 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.” As a result, there are no regulations that require cleaning product manufacturers to list the ingredients in their products on their packaging.
This indicates that it will be entirely dependent on the informed consumer to either do some research to find the truly eco-friendly brands of cleaning products available or make your own. Moreover, some of the best eco-friendly cleaning products you can make or buy contain the same simple ingredients: white vinegar and baking soda. Popularly used in many different combinations, these two pantry staples can tackle almost any mess your kitchen can produce. With various other accepted, versatile cleaning supplies, you could most definitely clean your entire kitchen, floor to ceiling, without resorting to the harsh chemicals included in many store-bought brands.
For illustration, 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 if the smell of vinegar may not be all that pleasant, you could easily add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to make your kitchen smell great. The same thing will apply for 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. Thus with a little baking soda, water, and some patience, you can use a baking soda paste to remove all that tough grime. For a better outcome, you might like to allow the baking soda paste to sit overnight before scrubbing.
In the same vein, glass and shiny surfaces can also be cleaned with eco-friendly ingredients. To do so, you can just 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 brilliant plan 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 still doesn’t sound like a good idea, there are quite a few eco-friendly options now available. Some 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. The majority of these brands also resort to using 100% postconsumer recycled plastics in their packaging.
It doesn’t really matter whether you opt to buy or make kitchen cleaning products, there’s a great chance that once you begin, you will never go back to harsh chemicals again. Not only will you shelter yourself and your home, but just as important, you can be doing your part for the environment, too.
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