Cleaning The Kitchen

By Julia Price

February 27, 2015 3 min read

You know how sometimes when you're cleaning the kitchen, you start to get high on the chemicals in your cleaning products? Yeah, that can't be good for you. When you see warning labels that say "toxic" or "flammable," then you know that can't be something you should feel good about inhaling.

Before you get all DIY trying to make your own concoction of homemade cleaning potions (I will give you a few simple solutions a little later), here are a few brands that are safe for your body, your skin and your family, too:

--Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day surface wipes. These wipes smell lemony-fresh, are biodegradable and are easy to use for quick wipe-downs on all surfaces.

--Seventh Generation natural dish liquid. Made from plants, not petroleum, this biodegradable formula gets the job done without leaving gross residue on your hands.

--Seventh Generation natural dishwasher detergent packs. Another win by SG, these are chlorine-free, easy to use (you just throw a little pack into the dishwasher and poof!) and free of synthetic fragrances.

--Twist naked sponges. It seems only natural to make sure the sponge that will be wiping down your kitchen with all of those organic, chemical-free cleaning products should be natural and organic, as well. Introducing Twist's 100 percent biodegradable and eco-friendly sponge magic. No dyes, thank you very much.

--Biokleen glass cleaner: For your kitchen windows, try ammonia-free, odorless Biokleen glass cleaner. It's safe around plants, as well.

And for a couple of quick do-it-yourself tricks that you can whip up in less than five minutes, try these simple yet life-changing tips:

--For your clogged sink: Boil several cups of water. Add 1 cup of baking soda, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar, into the drain, pouring the hot water on top. If that doesn't work, try InVade Bio Cleaner (free of chemicals but high in price point).

--For the garbage: Use your old paper grocery bags for both recycling and garbage.

--Grease cleaner: Get 1 cup of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water. Stir them together, and use a washcloth to clean that fridge out.

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