Natural Kitchen Cleaners

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DIY Natural Kitchen Cleaner

Spring cleaning is right around the corner, but you don’t have to dread it!  We’re going to be sharing some more homemade household cleaners that will save you time and money. Learn how to clean the microwave without scrubbing, keep your dishwasher and oven sparkling, and defunk your stinky  garbage disposal with these natural kitchen cleaners!

This week we’re going to make a few different kitchen cleaners.  You’ll need a couple spray bottles, a toothbrush (I buy these in bulk for cleaning or you can get them really cheap/free with coupons), baking soda, vinegar, and salt. You’ll also need a lemon and some lemon essential oil.

All Purpose Spray:

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp castile soap
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 5-10 drops essential oil

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle then fill with water. Use for wiping down counters, stovetop, fridge, and other surfaces.

Dishwasher Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup baking soda

Place vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup on the top rack of your empty dishwasher and run it. Then, sprinkle baking soda in the bottom and run a hot rinse cycle. I sometimes add a little lemon juice to the vinegar for an antibacterial boost, plus it smells great!

Garbage Disposal Deodorizer:

  • 1 box baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 lemon

Pour the vinegar into an ice cube tray and freeze. Pour baking soda down the drain while running warm water.
Once frozen, put a few vinegar cubes in the drain and turn on the disposal with warm water.
Quarter the lemon and drop into the drain. Run the disposal with warm water for at least 30 seconds.

You can use one or all of these methods, depending on how stinky your disposal is.

Oven Cleaner:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • Castile soap
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • water

Mix the baking soda, salt, a few drops of soap, vinegar, and enough water to make a paste. Spread the paste all over the inside of your oven and let sit for a few hours. Wipe down with a damp rag.

Coffee Pot Cleaner:

  • Vinegar
  • Water

Mix 2 parts water with 1 part vinegar and run through your coffee pot. You can use some of the vinegar water to clean the microwave afterward!

Microwave Cleaning:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

Pour the water and vinegar in a large coffee mug. Microwave for 5 minutes. Carefully remove (use a hot pad holder if you need to) and wipe down with a rag.

Mopping Solution:

  • 2 Tbsp washing soda
  • Water

Mix washing soda and hot water in a bucket and mop. Rinse afterward by mopping with straight water.

Sometimes, I cheat and buy Method’s mopping solution for wood floors because it smells great!  Eventually I’ll figure out how to make one that smells close on my own.

Have a different cleaner you like to make at home or one you just can’t live without?  Leave us a comment below!

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    • says

      Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is found in the laundry aisle and used for homemade laundry detergent, a stain remover, water softener, and is common in natural cleaners.

      Castile soap is a natural, vegetable based soap. You may be able to find it locally, but it is also available on Amazon as a liquid or bars. The bars are typically cheaper, but involve the extra step of grating & melting for most cleaning recipes.

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