14 Cleaning Hacks To Up Your Eco-Friendly Game
Years ago, I realized that I have a natural knack for keeping the things in my life really simple. This need for simplicity developed due to my ADHD and the tendency for me to become overwhelmed easily. But my need for simplicity serves me well, and as a result, I stay organized and on top of things. So my limitations and my gifts are ironically tied together, giving me the ability to help others find peace and order in their lives. I believe that the key to getting organized is less about arranging all of our stuff in just the right way, and more about keeping things simple.
Whether we are talking about our schedules or what we have in our homes, more complicated is rarely better.
Keeping your kitchen organized is one thing, keeping it clean a whole other ballpark. In a space that you use so frequently and that gets messy every day, it’s important to establish a regular cleaning routine. Since you’re working with food in the kitchen, it’s a great place to use eco-friendly cleaning alternatives!
Baking soda, vinegar, lemons, and Co. are likely already stocked in your cabinets. Here are a few ways to substitute toxic cleaning products with these natural ingredients:
- Bring burnt pans back to life with baking soda: Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar to a boil in your burnt pan. Remove from heat and add 2 Tbsp of baking soda. Let it sizzle, then empty the pan and scrub with a scouring tool. Rinse the pan with hot water and it’ll be good as new!
- Clean out your garbage disposal with ice cubes: Shove a tray full of ice cubes down your garbage disposal. Turn cold water on and run the disposal. The ice cubes will sharpen the blades and unclog your drain. You can toss in a few lemon wedges when the water is starting to recede to help with bad odor.
- Polish your stovetop with vegetable oil: Put a small amount of oil on a soft cloth and rub nasty grease stains off your stovetop in a circular motion. Use water and a drop of soap to wipe your cooktop clean.
- Clean your microwave with lemon water: Fill a small bowl with water and the juice of one lemon. Toss the squeezed lemon halves in the bowl and place it in the microwave. Run it for 3 minutes and let it sit for 5. The lemon-infused steam will loosen up any stains that you can simply wipe off with a damp cloth afterward. Plus, the lemon water will make your kitchen smell amazing!
- Scrub your cabinets with coconut oil: Mix 1 part coconut oil with 2 parts baking soda and scrub the mixture on your grimy cabinets with a soft cloth. Use a toothbrush to scrub hard to reach places and clean the cabinets off with a damp cloth afterward.
As you see, there are many ways to clean your kitchen without spending money on expensive chemicals. Best of all: These eco-friendly cleaning hacks also keep your conscience clean as you’re actively contributing to a healthier planet. Check out even more cleaning hacks in the visual below!
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