All of us want a clean kitchen. But these days, it is also critical to understand that not all of the cleaning products we use in our Highland Park homes are safe for our environment. The positive aspect is that many eco-friendly cleaning products can be bought to make our kitchens sparkle. In fact, with only a few simple ingredients most people already have in their cupboards, you could prepare safe, effective, natural cleaning products that only cost a fraction of store-bought brands but still produce the same amount of cleaning.
There are plenty of good reasons to use eco-friendly cleaning products in the kitchen. Harsh chemicals can be very harmful to your skin, eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system. Furthermore, they can be a serious threat to any pets or sensitive members of the household. In addition to the negative effects on your health, a lot of store-bought cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm the environment as well. Toxic chemicals can find their way from the kitchen drains into rivers, lakes, and groundwater, killing vegetation, polluting the soil, and poisoning fish and animals.
Eco-friendly products, contrarily, just use simple, non-toxic ingredients that are better for the environment. The worry that not all brands that claim to be “natural” or “organic” are truly eco-friendly. There exist only a few federal regulations that define which products can claim to be “natural.” Likewise, there are no regulations that require cleaning product manufacturers to list the ingredients in their products on their packaging.
This would suggest that it is up to the informed consumer to either do some research to find the truly eco-friendly brands of cleaning products available, or make your own. Actually, some of the best eco-friendly cleaning products you can make or buy contain the same simple ingredients: white vinegar and baking soda. Applied in diverse combinations, these two pantry staples can tackle almost any mess your kitchen can produce. With the use of a few versatile cleaning supplies, you could clean your entire kitchen, floor to ceiling, without resorting to the harsh chemicals included in many store-bought brands.
As an illustration, sealed wood and tile floors can be cleaned and disinfected with just a little white vinegar, some warm water, and a mop or rag. While the smell of vinegar may not be all that pleasant, you can easily add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to make your kitchen smell great. It is equally true when cleaning one of the messiest parts of your kitchen: inside the oven. Getting that burned-on gunk off your oven’s interior can be a difficult task. However, with a little baking soda, water, and some patience, you can use a baking soda paste to remove all that tough grime. In order to have a positive outcome, wait, and allow the baking soda paste to sit overnight before scrubbing.
Likewise, glass and shiny surfaces can also be cleaned with eco-friendly ingredients. To do this, you simply mix together some rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, corn starch, and water in a clean spray bottle. Then simply spray and wipe clean with a lint-free or microfiber cloth. It’s a must not to use paper towels to clean glass and shiny surfaces since they are not eco-friendly and also tend to leave streaks and bits of paper towel behind.
Most of the time, making your own cleaning products would be a lot of hassle, so keep in mind that there are quite a few eco-friendly options now available. Some of the more popular brands are Mrs. Meyer’s products, Bon Ami cleansers, and Method brand products. These and similar brands guarantee that their products are both safe and effective, not to mention eco-friendly. Most of these brands have switched to 100% postconsumer recycled plastics in their packaging.
Regardless of whether you decide to buy or make kitchen cleaning products, it is most likely that once you begin, you will never go back to harsh chemicals again. Not only will you save yourself and your property, but you will also be doing your part for the environment, too.
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