In this series we’ve covered great all-natural cleaning supplies for your laundry room and easy homemade recipes for general house cleaning. Our final installment focuses on one of the most used rooms in the home—the kitchen!
There’s always lots of cleaning to be done in the kitchen and if you have pets or small children, you’ll want to be sure you’re using harmless, chemical-free products. Check out the simple ingredients and easy instructions for homemade kitchen supplies:
Dish Soap: Save a squeeze bottle (you can use your last store bought bottle of dish soap, just rinse thoroughly.) Start 1 and ¼ cups of water boiling on the stove. Grate ¼ cup of castile bar soap and add it to the boiling water. Pour in 1 tablespoon of washing soda (find this in the laundry aisle; Arm & Hammer sells this product) and stir. Then add ¼ cup of liquid castile soap and stir. Allow your mixture to cool; then add 10-30 drops of your preferred essential oil (completely optional.) Done! An added tip: Your soap may harden slighting as it sits, just add some warm water and shake your container.
Dishwasher Detergent: This powered recipe is simple! You’ll need ½ cup of baking soda, 1 and ½ cups of washing soda, a ½ cup of sea salt and 1 ½ cup of Lemi-Shine. You’ll find Lemi-Shine on Amazon or in the cleaning supply aisle at the grocery store. We did our research and this product is safe to use, consisting only of natural citric acids. If you’d like, you can sub in 1 cup of powdered citric acid. Mix all four ingredients together. Use 1 tablespoon per load.
Floor Cleaner: If you switch out any of your kitchen and household cleaning products—this one’s a must. Many floor cleaners contain nitrobenzene, an extremely dangerous chemical. This recipe can be made on the spot—fill a bucket with 2 gallons of warm water. Pour in ¼ cup of liquid castile soap. To cut grease on linoleum or tile, add ½ cup of white vinegar. Don’t use vinegar on hardwood floors. Mix and mop away!
Garbage Disposal Cleaner: Funky smells from the garbage disposal are the worst, but don’t buy a chemical-filled solution—there’s a much better all-natural solution. Cut a lemon in half, put both halves down your drain, and turn on the water and then the garbage disposal. You can also use just the peel instead, and you can switch it up with orange and grapefruit. For an added cleaning bonus, toss a couple ice cubes into the drain with the peels, it’ll help clean the blades.
Oven Cleaner: Most, if not all, commercial oven cleaners are extremely toxic and contain dangerous, corrosive chemicals. Instead, make a paste consisting of baking soda and water (play with the amounts to achieve the right consistency for the amount of paste you need.) Spread the paste on your oven and allow it to rest for an hour. Rinse away with a sponge and warm water. Depending on the amount of grease and grime, you may have to do this twice, but it’s worth avoiding harmful chemicals!
You may have noticed none of the recipes we’ve shared over the past few weeks contain borax. You’ll find this ingredient on many homemade cleaning product recipes, but adding this chemical compound could be defeating the purpose of switching to all natural. The Environmental Working Group lists borax as a “high concern” for developmental and reproductive toxicity. Yikes!
Note: Many of these cleaning products use the same ingredients! Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll use over and over: Baking Soda, Castile Bar Soap, Liquid Castile Soap, Essential Oil and Washing Soda.
Get some more homemade cleaning product ideas and learn about some common chemicals used in commercial products: