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All-Natural DIY Cleaning Recipes For The Kitchen

A Collection Of My Favorite DIY Cleaning Recipes For A Non-Toxic Kitchen

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As a society, we keep our homes as clean as possible to keep everyone in our family healthy, but ironically use unhealthy and even toxic household cleaners to achieve what we think is a healthy home.

Next in line to the bathroom, the kitchen is the most utilized space in the home—and because of that, it requires constant cleaning.

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, many people are quick to purchase the “strong” multi-purpose cleaners and hand soaps, when instead they could be using safe, home-made alternatives that kill germs just as effectively without any harmful side effects.

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While it’s important to keep our loved ones safe from dangers like viruses, it’s equally important to shield them from indoor dangers like cleaning products, which may contain dangerous carcinogens.

Even certain brands that present their cleaning products as “eco-friendly” are simply just green washing—passing off products as non-toxic even though the ingredient label insists otherwise.

That’s why I prefer home-made cleaning products. They’re safe, non-toxic and don’t smell like death.


With that said, below are my all-time favorite natural cleaning recipes for the kitchen that I’ve been using for a couple of years now—and I must say that they work extremely well and make worthy rivals to toxic store bought cleaning formulas.

You can certainly adjust the measurements to meet your workloads, and I hope that you will love these as much as I do.

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DIY ALL PURPOSE CLEANER

This all-natural purpose cleaner will work on any surface of your home (except marble, stone and granite due to the acidity of the formula). Simply mix all of the ingredients in a [glass] spray bottle and use a cleaning cloth of your choice.

  • 1 And 1/4 Cups Of Water
  • 1/2 Cup Of White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil (Optional)

DIY GARBAGE DISPOSAL CLEANER

This home-made cleaning solution is perfect for when the garbage disposal develops a funky smell. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until it forms into a fizzy, paste-like consistency, then pour your mixture into the disposal and allow it to rest in there for around 5 minutes.

Turn on the water and allow the garbage disposal to run for at least 30 seconds. You can also throw in a couple of ice cubes or lemon wedges as the water pours down the disposal as well.

  • 1/4 Cup Of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Of Lemon Juice (Or White Vinegar)

DIY DISINFECTING CLEANER

This home-made disinfecting cleaning solution is a wonderful and effective alternative to commercial disinfectant sprays. It’s perfect to use on doorknobs, kitchen counters, kitchen sinks and refrigerator shelves.

Simply pour all of the ingredients into a [glass] spray bottle and mix. Spray freely and wait ten full minutes before wiping. It’s important to note that this particular vinegar-based cleaning solution is not suitable for granite, stone or marble.

  • 1/4 Cups Of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol (Or Vodka)
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil (Optional)

DIY DISHWASHER TABLETS

Home-made dishwasher tablets are a less expensive and much safer alternative to store bought dishwashing pods and liquids. For this DIY recipe, you will need a mixing bowl and a few [silicone] ice cubes trays.

Simply mix together the Baking Soda and Borax in a bowl of your choice, and follow by slowly adding in the vinegar. Mix all of the ingredients together until they form a crumble-like consistency and then stuff the mixture into your ice cube trays.

After you’ve filled your trays, place them outside in the sun to dry/harden (they’ll still be a little crumbly and that’s ok). Allow for 24 hours to pass until you remove them and store them into a tightly sealed [glass] container.

If you see white residue on your plates, simply pour some white vinegar or lemon juice into the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher for a shiny rinse.

  • 2 Cups Of Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Of Borax
  • 1/2 Cup Of White Vinegar
  • 25 Drops Of Lemon Essential Oil

DIY OVEN GLASS STOVE TOP CLEANER

This is my favorite way to clean grime and residue from my glass stove top (and it works pretty well for the inside of the oven and outdoor grill as well). Simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl of your choice and create a paste. Spread it onto your glass stove top in a circular motion with a rag and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

Later, wipe off with a warm, damp cloth. A little elbow grease may be necessary, but this recipe gets the job done and leaves your glass stove top really shiny. I don’t recommend cleaning your glass stove top while it’s warm/hot because it can cause damage to the glass.

  • 1 Of Cup Of Warm Water
  • 1 Cup Of Baking Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Of Organic Liquid Castile Soap (Dawn Will Work Great If You Don’t Have Castile)

DIY MICROWAVE CLEANER

This non-toxic method is an awesome way to clean your microwave as effortlessly as possible. Simply mix the ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave the contents for 4-5 minutes.

Not only will the steam help break apart all that food gunk, it will also deodorize and eliminate stinky lingering odors. When you’re done microwaving the contents, simply wipe everything with a damp cloth. You can wipe dry or unplug the microwave and leave the door open to air dry.

  • 1 Cup Of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Of Lemon Juice (You Can Add Or Subtract This Amount To Achieve Desired Strength Of Scent)

DIY CITRUS HAND SOAP

For this recipe, you can use any reusable soap dispenser—kids especially will love one with a foaming pump. Simply add the ingredients into a water-filled soap dispenser and shake it all up!

Although you can add just about any essential oil into this soap recipe, citrus is recommended for the kitchen because it neutralizes odors—especially if you’ve been working with fish, onion and garlic.

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Best Gifts For A Sustainable Kitchen

Unique Products For A Sustainable And Low Waste Kitchen Inspired From Around The World!

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If you’re on the search for an eco-friendly gift, you’re not alone! When it comes to gift giving, many people are opting for sustainable products that are nontoxic and earth-friendly, especially for the home.

Each year, more and more people are becoming conscious consumers who no longer want to fill their home with single-use plastic “junk”.

As a result, many areas of the home have been getting “green” makeovers—particularly bathrooms and kitchens, which tend to produce the most waste.

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That’s why when it comes to gifts, I love shopping for eco-friendly items that will help make a person’s home more sustainable—weather they live an eco-conscious lifestyle or not.

The kitchen in particular is one of my favorite areas of the home to shop for when it comes to sustainable kitchenware. Items made from ceramic, wood, silicone, stainless steel and recycled aluminum are just so much healthier and visually more appealing than stuff made from plastic. They’re more durable and last longer too.

Below you’ll find some pretty cool sustainable kitchen and cookware products! These eco-friendly and sustainable kitchenware items make perfect gifts for any occasion and some are inspired from cultures outside of the U.S.!

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Organic Cotton Plant Dyed Apron

Full Circle Home

The Kind collection apron from Full Circle Home is made from organic cotton and plant-based dyes. It’s durable, functional, and best of all, stylish and environmentally friendly.

Bamboo Dish Towels

Ecotiva

Bamboo towels are 4 times more absorbent than cotton, and much more durable. These bamboo dish clothes come in a pack of 8 and come in compostable cardboard packaging.

Glass Canisters With Bamboo Lids

Le’Raze

Glass canisters are a great zero waste alternative to plastic Tupperware and look very elegant when displayed on a counter top. Each of these canisters contain an airtight bamboo lid, and come in a pack of 5 in various sizes.

Ceramic Condiment Jars

Foride

This ceramic condiment bowl set is perfect for the kitchen table, kitchen countertop or coffee table—and especially perfect for occasions where you’re entertaining guests. Each ceramic bowl is suitable for spices, powdered creamer, sugar and more!

Bamboo Fiber Dinnerware Set

Earth’s Dreams

This minimalistic yet elegant 17 piece bamboo fiber dinnerware set is the perfect eco-friendly gift for the kitchen! It especially makes a wonderful housewarming and wedding gift for eco conscious couples who prefer simple and natural kitchenware.

Handmade Artisan Citrus Juicer

Verve Culture

Popular in juice markets all over Mexico, the Handmade Artisan Citrus Juicer from Verve Culture is a countertop citrus juicer that’s hand-made from 100% recycled aluminum and provides a traditional citrus juicing experience!

Countertop Compost Bin

BelleMark

Every sustainable kitchen needs a small compost bin for food scraps! Compost isn’t just for gardens—it can be used as rich nutritious food for houseplants! This modern compost bin by BelleMark is perfect for kitchens of any size and looks great!

Chocolate Sink Bars

Apple Valley Natural Soap

These large hand-made sink bars by Apple Valley Natural Soap are hand-made with natural and organic ingredients and are excellent zero-waste alternatives to liquid soap! They’re made with moisturizing cocoa butter and look fabulous on your kitchen sink!

Bamboo Fiber Scrub Brush Set

TresStones

These bamboo dish brushes by TresStones are made from renewable bamboo and coconut fibers. They’re also more durable than sponges, safer, healthier and environmental friendly—they won’t take hundreds of years to biodegrade. This brush set makes a perfect sustainable gift for any kitchen!

Ceramic Utensil Croc Holder

Barnyard Designs

Decorate, organize, and beautifully display your cooking utensils in this ceramic kitchen utensil crock that adds a touch of French Country flare to any kitchen. The rustic look and porcelain-like finish on the ceramic container gives this stoneware utensil caddy a vintage charm that will look lovely on your countertop!

3-Sided Acacia Wood Salad Bowl Serving Set

Pacific Merchants Trading Companies

Serve up a more sustainable meal with the eco-friendly 3-Sided Acacia Wood Salad Bowl Serving Set from Pacific Merchants Trading Company! Handcrafted from one solid piece of 100% naturally renewable acacia wood that is sustainably harvested with low-impact foresting practices and minimal chemicals or waste.

Beeswax Food Wrap Gift Set

Akeeko

Beeswax food wraps make wonderful eco-friendly gifts for the kitchen because they replace items like plastic lids and Saran Wrap. They’re even incredibly handy for keeping items fresh (like cheese) and make awesome lunchbox essentials for items like sandwiches.

Traditional Molinillo Whisk

Verve Culture

The molinillo is a Mexican wooden whisk that’s used to mix up and add froth to a batch of Mexican hot chocolate. You simply roll the shaft between your palms to churn, mix, and foam the chocolate. The molinillo is also great for muddling fruits and herbs in your cocktails!

Pakkawood Cooking Utensil Set

Island Bamboo

This gorgeous and exotic 6-piece Pakkawood cooking utensil set is nonstick and heat resistant.
Pakkawood is crafted from many layers of beautiful hardwoods, and infused with natural and chemical-free dyes. They’re biodegradable and add some fun to the kitchen!

Handmade Cooking Tagine

Verve Culture

This Moroccan style cooking vessel from Verve Culture is both a cooking tool, and a serving dish – and is handmade from clay formed from the rich, red Moroccan soil of Wadi Lan, and then decorated with a lead-free glaze. Use it to caramelize food, or keep food warmer longer when serving!

Vintage Ceramic Mason Jar Kitchenware Set

Comfify

This eco-friendly vintage themed ceramic cookware set is in the shape of mason jars. This set includes all of your most critical cooking tools, together and in one place: 4 measuring spoons, 4 measuring cups and a spoon holder.

Recycled Bamboo Chopsticks Charcuterie Board

ChopValue

Made from 450 chopsticks, this unique and versatile kitchen board will fulfill any of your food presentation needs. The recycled bamboo chopsticks that were used to make this charcuterie board create a sleek caramelized brown tone with a natural one-of-a-kind look.

Wooden Salt And Pepper Grinder Set

Fanatu

This wooden salt and pepper grinder set comes with 2 grinders, a box with swivel lid, spoon and cleaning brush. This set fits in with any decor and looks fabulous on any kitchen or dining room table!

Ceramic Pie Pans

Avla

Ceramic pie pans make beautiful eco-friendly bakeware gifts for those who love to bake! These nontoxic ceramic pie pans by Avla are made from glazed ceramic material and resist staining, odors and cracking.