Everybody deserves a clean kitchen. However, in this day and age, it is more important to understand that not all of the cleaning products we use in our Charleston homes are safe for our environment. Well, we are lucky because there are a lot of eco-friendly cleaning products available now more than ever before to make our kitchens sparkle. Actually, with a few simple ingredients, most people already have in their cupboards, with a little creativity, you can make safe, effective, natural cleaning products that cost a fraction of store-bought brands that work just the same or better.
There are a lot of good reasons to use eco-friendly cleaning products in the kitchen. Harsh chemicals can be very harmful to your skin, eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system. Besides, they possess a serious threat to any pets or sensitive members of the household. Beyond the negative effects on your health, numerous store-bought cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm the environment as well. Toxic chemicals can work 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, otherwise, use simple, non-toxic ingredients that are better for the environment. The difficult part here 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.” Additionally, there are no regulations that require cleaning product manufacturers to list the ingredients in their products on their packaging.
This means is that it depends upon the informed consumer to either do some research to find the truly eco-friendly brands of cleaning products available or make your own. In fact, some of the best eco-friendly cleaning products you can make or buy contain the same simple ingredients: white vinegar and baking soda. When used in many combinations; these two pantry staples can tackle almost any mess your kitchen can produce. With a few other inexpensive, versatile cleaning supplies, you can clean your entire kitchen, floor to ceiling, without resorting to the harsh chemicals included in many store-bought brands.
For instance, sealed wood and tile floors can be cleaned and disinfected with just a little white vinegar, some warm water, and a mop or rag. Though the smell of vinegar may not be all that pleasant, there are still many approaches to get rid of that, or you could easily add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to make your kitchen smell great. You can do the same thing 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. But with a little baking soda, water, and some patience, you can use a baking soda paste to remove all that tough grime. To get a better result, you will need to allow the baking soda paste to sit overnight before scrubbing.
Similarly, glass and shiny surfaces can also be cleaned with eco-friendly ingredients. To do so, you need to mix together some rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, corn starch, and water in a clean spray bottle. And then simply spray and wipe clean with a lint-free or microfiber cloth. For the best outcome, it’s a good idea 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 appealing, 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. Several of these brands even use 100% postconsumer recycled plastics in their packaging.
It does not matter if you want to buy or make kitchen cleaning products. It is likely that once you start, you will never go back to harsh chemicals again. It will not only prevent you and your home from any health issues but also you will be doing your part for the environment, too.
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