Natural Cleaning: Green Cleaning Recipes for Kitchen Surfaces

How many caustic cleaners are lurking under your sink? Does your family have to evacuate the house when you clean the oven? You do not have to endure harsh fumes from ammonia or chlorine bleach to clean your kitchen surfaces. Natural cleaning recipes are an effective way to make your own non toxic cleaners. There is no need to buy those expensive household cleaning products when you can make your own. I know, some natural cleaners do not work very well, but these do! I got the recipes from a friend who has been using them for years. These natural cleaning methods deliver sparkling results at a fraction of the cost. Just a few common ingredients are required to make your own non toxic cleaners. You probably already have most of these items. Even if you do not, they are very inexpensive. It cost less than $10 for me to buy all the ingredients and they have many uses. Note: Borax and washing soda are usually located on the laundry aisle.

16-ounce box baking soda

76-ounce box borax

55-ounce box washing soda

26-ounce carton table salt


Scouring Powder

Baking soda is a non toxic surface cleaner. Just sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge. Use to clean hard surfaces. Rinse clean.

Spray Degreaser

List these ingredients on a piece of paper and attach it to your spray bottle for reference. Cover it with a large piece of clear tape to protect it from moisture. Combine 1 teaspoon borax, �½ teaspoon washing soda, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 cup hot water in a spray bottle. Shake well to dissolve dry ingredients. Spray on dirty surfaces and rub with a sponge. Rinse clean.

Greener Oven Cleaner

With just a bit of elbow grease, these natural cleaners work wonders on dirty ovens. Take steps to prevent big messes in the future. Be sure to use a baking sheet under dishes that may overflow, like pies. Also invest in a disposable oven liner.

You may want to wear gloves when using this solution. To clean the entire oven, mix 8 ounces baking soda and 2 tablespoons washing soda. Using a damp sponge, apply a thin layer of oven cleaner to the sides and bottom of a cold oven. Allow to sit overnight. Wipe the oven clean with a rag. Rinse the rag in warm water as needed. Wipe all residue from the oven.

As with any cleaning product, exercise caution. These ingredients may be harmful if consumed or splashed into the eyes. Refer to the warnings on each product’s label.

These natural cleaners perform as well as their commercial counterparts without caustic fumes. You can save money and the environment with natural cleaning recipes. Breathe easier knowing your kitchen is fresh and clean without harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances.

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