There are so many kitchen surfaces, not to mention the air itself, that need cleaning — and of course there's a separate commercial (and often toxic) product available for each one, from the sink drain and the fridge to the oven and the countertops. The good news is that we have a houseful of creative DIY bloggers who have experimented with various kinds of natural homemade kitchen cleaners and they've found just the right formulas to get the job done — and done well!
If you don't have a self-cleaning oven, this natural DIY overnight oven cleaner
is for you. Get rid of that grime, it's had its time!
I aspire to have a fridge that is this clean and organized, don't you? Even if yours is not so perfectly arranged, it doesn't have to smell bad. With these great tips
for de-funkifying your fridge, you might just gain a pound or two because opening the door will be so fresh and lovely, you'll have to visit more often.
There's an art to caring for beautiful wood cutting boards so you aren't infusing new foods with bacteria and smells from the old foods. Follow these directions
for a natural way to deodorize and condition your chopping block.
Don't toss that sponge — just de-stink it! These tips for preventing
and killing the bacteria that grows on kitchen sponges will save you a buck or two, so you can feel better about splurging on that peppermint mocha with extra whip. You're welcome.
Sometimes it's hard to get your granite countertops nice and shiny smooth. The store-bought cleaners are expensive and some can still leave streaks or a filmy residue behind. This homemade granite cleaner
is super simple and super effective.
(a blend of essential oils like clove, cinnamon and lemon) was a new one for me, but it sure sounds like it would smell divine, plus it has anti-bacterial qualities. Blend it with water
, vinegar and rubbing alcohol and your kitchen counters will be spit-spot clean.
Does cleaning the windows have you holding your breath? This homemade window cleaner
won't make you blue and you'll love the view when you're through? (Corny, I know ... I couldn't resist.)
Don't drink the cheap vodka — instead you can use it to make natural air freshener
to get rid of those smelly reminders when you cook eggs, fish or broccoli. This formula is also a great way to use up those last little bits of herbs and spices.