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9 Natural Ways to Clean Your Kitchen

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We’re constantly on the lookout for the most natural, organic ingredients for cooking, so why do we turn around and clean our kitchens with chemicals? Here are some natural ways to clean your kitchen so you can avoid dangerous, toxic, expensive commercial cleaning products.

Cleaning with Baking Soda will to wonders for your kitchen. Combine it with water to make a paste then use that to clean sinks, cutting boards, refrigerator interiors and countertops. To unclog a stubborn drain, pour baking soda down it followed by boiling water. Adding a little bit of it to a vinegar and boiling water mixture will clean up your burnt pans in no time.

Vinegar is a powerful grease remover. Just dilute it with water, spray it onto greasy fronts of cabinets or the stovetop, let it sit and then wipe clean. Vinegar mixed with water also makes a great glass clear as well – and use newspaper to wipe instead of paper towel to avoid streaks!

Fresh lemon is great for loosening tough stains and removing odor. Spray some lemon juice on to tiles and it will take care of any food stains, mildew or grease. To clean a garbage disposal, just put some lemon pulp and a few strips of peel inside and run it.

Hydrogen Peroxide is a strong, versatile antibacterial agent that can be used on all kinds of surfaces including counters and cutting boards. Just spray it, wait a few moments and then wipe away with a wet sponge or cloth. It is extremely handy to keep around the kitchen!

Toothpaste isn’t only useful at your bathroom sink. It’s also the key to removing tarnish from silver. Rub it on your silverware with a cloth then rinse it with water and enjoy the sparkle.

Kosher Salt, which most of us have in the kitchen already, is perfect for scrubbing surfaces without damaging them. Just sprinkle it on the counter for an effective abrasive.

It may sound a little strange, but Ketchup can be rubbed on to copper pots and brass cookware to remove any tarnish.

Essential Oils can be found at health food stores and are great additions to natural cleaners. Add a few drops of peppermint, for example, which is antibacterial and is also deters pests.

Vegetable Oil is a good way to get rid of grease stains. It might seem crazy to remove grease by adding more of it, but put some of this on a paper towel, scrub the stovetop, and you’ll see the stains disappear!

- Emma Stratigos

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