DIY Diaries: 4 Kitchen Cleaners Using All Natural Ingredients

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If you thought the bathroom is the dirtiest place in the house, think again. Did you know that the kitchen has more than 100,000 times the number of germs than are present in your bathroom? [1]

While you have to make sure that your kitchen is always spic and span, the cleaning agents available in the market may not be the best bet. Yes, they do clean your kitchen and make it all sparkly, but most brands also use a host of chemicals that you would rather keep away from the kitchen. A great alternative is making your own kitchen cleaner at home, using ingredients that are natural, which are absolutely safe to use, and are also easily available in your home. And the best part is – all these natural cleaners are super easy to make as well. And did we mention how inexpensive and budget-friendly they are?

  1. Natural Kitchen Cleaner Recipe 1 – Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar (available in local food and grocery stores and online on Amazon) and a cup of water in a glass bottle (with preferably a spray attachment). The vinegar will act as a natural disinfectant and will help to remove stains and grease. Add three drops of tea tree oil and three drops of grapefruit or any other essential oil (the essential oil will help to negate the pungent smell of the vinegar). Shake up the bottle to mix everything together and get using.
  2. Natural Kitchen Cleaner Recipe 2 – Cut orange peels or any other citrus fruit peels and add in a glass container. Add a tbsp. of salt and leave it for about an hour to help release the natural oils. Next, fill the container with vinegar and distilled water. You can choose to use only vinegar, or use it in equal parts, or use mostly vinegar and add a little water. Close the lid tightly and let it stay as it is for about two to three weeks. Strain the solution and pour in a bottle with a spray attachment. If you want to add essential oils you can do so now.
  3. Natural Kitchen Drain Cleaner – Pour three tbsp. baking soda in the drain and pour 1/4th cup of white vinegar. Let it stay like this for about an hour and you’ll also notice bubbles rising on the top. Now pour a pan of boiling water slowly into the drain. You may notice a strong smell after the first rinse. In that case, you can repeat the process once more.
  4. Natural Kitchen Oven Cleaner – In a bowl, add half a cup of homemade liquid soap, one and half cup of baking soda, two to three drops of any essential oil, and one fourth cup of organic white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Add a little water as required to make a paste. Take an old paintbrush and coat the inside of the oven with the paste. Leave it overnight if you can, or at least for about eight hours. Dip a scrubber in clean water and wipe the inside of the oven to remove all the dirt.

Most of the ingredients we talked about will most likely be in your home, and while they’re all natural, they’re also extremely good at cleaning up the dirt and grease from your kitchen. Give it a try and let us know which one worked best for you. And if you’ve ever made something like this, let us know about it, we’d love to share it here!

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References:

[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/homehygiene/Pages/food-and-home-hygiene-facts.aspx

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