As you know I love using all natural kitchen cleaners in my home. I have slowly been transitioning to non-toxic and chemical free cleaners and am just loving the low cost, fresh scents, and effective cleaning I can do now. I of course love using baking soda and vinegar for a huge variety of things in my home.
If you haven’t discovered the wonderful world of natural cleaners, I encourage you to give it a try. This is the perfect time of year to try out some new cleaning recipes, and you just might get hooked like me! I have included 8 very simple recipes here with easy-to-find-ingredients to get your kitchen sparkling clean!
Microwave Oven Cleaner
Mix the 2 drops of lemon essential oil and the 2 drops of orange essential oil into the cup of water (make sure the cup is microwave safe). Place the cup in the center of the microwave oven and turn on 5 minutes. Allow the cup to sit without opening the door for 10 minutes after it stops. Open the door, carefully remove the hot cup, discard the liquid, and wipe down the interior of the microwave oven.
Mix the 6 2/3 cups of water, 1 cup of vinegar (white distilled), and the 5 drops of lemon essential oil or fresh lemon juice and pour into a spray bottle. Saturate the area and wipe with a clean cloth.
Garbage Disposal Cleanser / Drain Cleaner / Drain Deodorizer
Turn off the water. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of baking soda in the drain. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar on top of the baking soda. Mixture will fix and bubble. Give it about 5 minutes to work, then follow with warm water in drains or warm water and run the garbage disposal for a minute to rinse out the cleanser.
Vent Hood Filter Cleaner
Mix the 1 to 2 cups of hot water, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and the 5 drops of lemon essential oil in a bowl. Place the vent hood filters on a large baking sheet (make sure it has lips to hold the water). Pour the hot cleaner over the filters, and using a toothbrush, clean the filters. Rinse under the tap when the grease is removed. Dry with paper towels and replace the filters.
Fruit & Vegetable Cleaner
Mix the 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and 5 drops of lemon essential oil and pour into a spray bottle. Wash vegetables (and fruit) with water, then spray and coat with the vegetable cleaner. Let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse produce with water.
Fruit & Vegetable Cleaner #2
1/2-1 cup vinegar
Fill sink with water. Add 1/2-1 cup of vinegar to water depending on of you are using a full sink or half. Drop your fresh produce into water and let sit for 15 minutes to remove the pesticides. Rinse off with clean water.
Organic Berry Wash (mold prevention)
Do the above instructions for Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner #2, but just add your organic berries to the sink of vinegar water. This works amazingly well to keep organic berries from molding before you have a chance to eat them! I just recently discovered this gem, and I was so thrilled. There is nothing more disappointing then buying those berries and having them mold before you can even use them.
Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipe
1 cup baking soda
2-5 drops of dawn liquid detergent
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface it totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top.
Let the mixture set overnight.You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn’t work for you it is probably because you didn’t use enough baking soda and/or water.
*A word about essential oils. I refer to essential oils in most of the above kitchen cleaning recipes, and I use and sell doTERRA certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. I do love them, but if you are looking for essential oils that are readily available and cheaper in price, you can usually find lower grade essential oils at any health food section of your grocery store, I have used the NOW brand in cleaning recipes. Here is the orange and lemon.
Let me know how it goes, and if you start trying some new kitchen cleaning recipes!