Few things in life are more enjoyable than a tidy, gleaming kitchen. But, not every cleaning product being used in our Gallatin Valley homes is eco-sustainable. The good news is that there are now more natural cleaning products than there have ever been. In fact, with a few basic items you likely already have in your kitchen, you can produce safer, impactful, natural cleaning products for a fraction of the price of store-bought goods that work just as well or better.
Why Use Eco-Friendly Products?
There are lots of benefits to using environmental cleaning supplies in the kitchen. Strong chemicals can be exceedingly damaging to your eyes, nose, skin, respiratory system, and throat. They also seriously endanger sensitive family members or pets. In addition to having negative impacts on your health, many cleaning products you may buy at the store include chemicals in them that are bad for the environment. By entering rivers, lakes, and groundwater through our kitchen sink drains, toxic chemicals can damage plants, contaminate the soil, and poison fish and other creatures.
Eco-friendly cleaning products, on the flip side, use plain, non-toxic components that are healthier for the environment. Not all companies that market themselves as “natural” or “organic” are, in fact, environmentally beneficial. Certain federal restrictions specify which items may use the term “natural.” Furthermore, there are no laws that require producers of cleaning solutions to list the chemicals on the box of their goods. Therefore, it is up to the informed customer to investigate eco-friendly cleaning product brands that are accessible or make their own.
Simple Ingredients = Safer Cleaning
Many of the best homemade and store-bought eco-friendly cleaning products involve the same two simple substances: baking soda and white vinegar. Used in varied combinations, these two pantry essentials can handle practically any mess your kitchen can make. With a few more common cleaning tools, you can clean your whole kitchen from floor to ceiling without turning to the nasty chemicals in so many store-bought brands. Here are some ideas for you:
- Floors: You may wash and disinfect sealed wood and tile floors with just a little warm water, white vinegar, and a mop or towel. While vinegar may not have the most attractive smell, you can readily add a drop or two of your favorite essential oils to make your kitchen smell wonderful.
- Ovens: It might be challenging to remove the baked-on grime from the interior of your oven. But with just a little bit of patience, water, and baking soda you can use a baking soda paste to dissolve all that dirt and grime. Before scrubbing, you should let the baking soda paste sit overnight for the best results.
- Glass and shiny surfaces: To cleanse glass or other polished surfaces, combine cornstarch, white vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol in a sterile spray bottle. From there, spray and rub clean with a microfiber or lint-free rag. Since paper towels are not eco-friendly and often leave stains and pieces of paper towel behind, using them to wipe the glass and bright surfaces is not a smart idea.
Buy or DIY?
If the idea of developing your own cleaning supplies is still unappealing, there are now numerous eco-friendly alternatives. Bon Ami cleansers, Method brand products, and Mrs. Meyer’s products are a few of the most well-known brands. These and other companies ensure their goods are reliable, efficient, and eco-friendly. Some of these businesses even utilize packaging made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastics.
After you learn about the advantages of eco-friendly cleaners, you might never go back to using harsh chemicals in your kitchen cleaning products again, whether you decide to buy them or create them yourself. You’ll not only protect your property and yourself, but you’ll also be helping to preserve the environment!
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Originally Published on February 28, 2020
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