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Natural Cleaning Tips for the Green Kitchen

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

If you're interested in natural cleaning tips, you're not alone. Environmentally-friendly cleaning is a big deal these days. People are drawn to the idea of avoiding some of the harmful chemicals found in typical cleaners, and looking for greener, healthier solutions. If you've just completed refinishing your cabinets, refacing your kitchen cabinets, installing new flooring or countertops, or doing some other kind of kitchen remodeling or improvement project, check out these natural cleaning tips that can help you keep your kitchen clean from here on out without toxic residue or fumes.

Kitchen Natural Cleaning Tips

  • Use rubbing alcohol to clean your windows. A cup of rubbing alcohol mixed with a cup of water and one tablespoon of white vinegar can help leave a streak-free shine.
  • Use hydrogen peroxide to remove stone countertop stains. A little hydrogen peroxide in water, plus a bit of ammonia, can help remove stains from stone countertops.
  • Use baking soda on your refrigerator and sink. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda into one quart of warm water for an appliance cleaner. When you're finished using the cleaner, wipe surfaces with a clean, dry cloth. Unlike soap, baking soda won't leave an odor inside your fridge. When you really need to scrub your sink, sprinkling baking soda on a wet sponge gives you cleaning strength without scratches.
  • Use tea tree oil in your oven and on your floor. You can remove scuff marks on the floor by applying a few drops of tea tree oil; use the same process to remove baked-on spills from the inside of your oven.
  • Use cornstarch to deodorize your rugs. Just sprinkle, leave for thirty minutes, and then vacuum.
  • Use white vinegar to clean wooden floors (among other things). Because it is strong enough to cut through grease yet gentle enough to use as a fabric softener, white vinegar can be a great tool for cleaning your kitchen. To create a shine on your wooden floors, mix nine parts warm water to one part white vinegar. If you're interested in a stronger cleaner for kitchen countertops, mix one part vinegar to one part water.
  • Use lemon juice and olive oil to polish your furniture. Use a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice to polish your furniture. Once you've rubbed it in, rub a dry cloth over the surface. The olive oil produces a shine, while the lemon juice cuts through dirt and grease.

Caring for your newly-refaced kitchen doesn't require spending a lot on supplies or breathing in harmful chemicals. Follow these natural cleaning tips to enjoy a greener cleaning experience.



About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre




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