Everyone loves a clean kitchen. But these days, it is just as important to understand that not all of the cleaning products we use in our Berwyn homes are safe for our environment. The positive side of this is that there is a multitude of eco-friendly cleaning products over the counter to make our kitchens sparkle. Really, with just a few simple ingredients most people already have in their cupboards, you can compose safe, effective, natural cleaning products that only cost a fraction of store-bought brands that work equally well or even better.
There are lots of valid reasons to use eco-friendly cleaning products in the kitchen. Harsh chemicals can be very harmful to your skin, eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system. In addition, they pose a serious threat to any pets or sensitive members of the household. Beyond the negative effects on our health, almost all of the store-bought cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm the environment as well. Toxic chemicals can exit our kitchen drains into rivers, lakes, and groundwater, killing vegetation, polluting the soil, and poisoning fish and animals.
Eco-friendly products, moreover, use simple, non-toxic ingredients that really are better for the environment. The downside is that not all brands that claim to be “natural” or “organic” are truly eco-friendly. There are only a few federal regulations that define which products can claim to be “natural.” Not only that, there are no regulations that require cleaning product manufacturers to list the ingredients in their products on their packaging.
The decision now falls on the informed consumer whether to do some research to find the truly eco-friendly brands of cleaning products available, or just make your own. To tell you the truth, some of the best eco-friendly cleaning products you can make or buy contain the same simple ingredients: white vinegar and baking soda. If used in different strengths, these two pantry staples can tackle almost any mess your kitchen can produce. With the assistance of some other common, versatile cleaning supplies, you can clean your entire kitchen, floor to ceiling, without resorting to the harsh chemicals included in many store-bought brands.
For instance, sealed wood and tile floors can be cleaned and disinfected with just a little white vinegar, some warm water, and a mop or rag. Most of the time, the smell of vinegar may not be all that pleasant; you could easily add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to make your kitchen smell great. The same fact also applies when cleaning one of the messiest parts of your kitchen: inside the oven. Getting that burned-on gunk off your oven’s interior can be a difficult task. But with the aid of a little baking soda, water, and some patience, you can use a baking soda paste to remove all that tough grime. To achieve a good result, go ahead and allow the baking soda paste to sit overnight before scrubbing.
In the same manner, glass and shiny surfaces can also be cleaned with eco-friendly ingredients. To be able to do this, you would need to mix together some rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, corn starch, and water in a clean spray bottle. Then simply spray and wipe clean with a lint-free or microfiber cloth. It is a great idea not to use paper towels to clean glass and shiny surfaces since they are not eco-friendly and also tend to leave streaks and bits of paper towel behind.
Provided making your own cleaning products is impossible, available are quite a few eco-friendly options now available. Some of the more popular brands are Mrs. Meyer’s products, Bon Ami cleansers, and Method brand products. These and similar brands guarantee that their products are both safe and effective, not to mention eco-friendly. A number of these brands are even using 100% postconsumer recycled plastics in their packaging.
Whether you choose to buy or make kitchen cleaning products, it is sure that when you start, you will never go back to harsh chemicals again. You will be shielding yourself and your home from these, and you will be doing your part for the environment, too.
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