GUEST POST: How to Get a Clean, Sparkly Kitchen and Avoid Unnecessary Chemicals! – Part I

When you walk along the cleaning aisles of the supermarket, you’d be excused for thinking every surface in our kitchens, bathrooms, toilets and bedrooms all needed a different cleaning fluid!  Each one costs a tidy sum and I dread to think about the chemicals contained in them.

However, if you go down the ‘natural’ route, the amount of products you spend out on can be drastically reduced.  You can have a much smaller store of bottles in the cupboard under the sink, plus you can rely on projects that are safer for your family (and kinder to the planet).

Besides, there really isn’t any need for all of these fragrance-heavy (sickly tropical smell anyone?) multiple surface type cleaners:  if you clean your house properly, then you shouldn’t have any residual smells to cover up with artificial aromas anyway.

Green cleaning in the kitchen

Kitchens should be comfortable areas.  I spend a lot of time in mine (very rarely cooking, I have to confess!)  It is the hub of my house, I sit there with friends drinking tea and discussing the week’s events and my landline phone is in there – if I move more than a few feet from the base it cuts out!  In fact, it has become the standard joke that whenever friends come over for a dinner party or drinks, we usually end up standing in the kitchen with the dogs.

So, now we’ve decided to scrap the array of worktop cleaners, floor cleaners and the sink cleaners, which natural products can we use to keep the kitchen clean?

Funky smelling fridges

If you do cook in your kitchen, there is a good chance you’ll have things like parmesan, garlic and spicy meats in your fridge which can all leave nasty whiffs?  These can permeate into your kitchen when you open the fridge door.  Wash the fridge out with some warm water with washing-up liquid.  Before rinsing with clean water, add with a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar.  This will leave your fridge smelling fresh and lovely!

Covered-in cake cupboard fronts

One area that does tend to be left is the cupboard fronts, which end up feeling sticky and greasy – especially if you have children who don’t wash their hands after eating cake and other sticky treats.  With the move towards the healthy flash frying, stir-fries and grilling food, a lot of the grease ends up in the atmosphere and when cooling, adheres itself to the doors, tiles and worktops.  These can be cleaned with warm washing up liquid.  For more stubborn stains, use neat vinegar and lemon to remove the grease.  Who says you need to buy an expensive de-greaser?

Read Part II tomorrow!

This article was written on behalf of The Splash, an online magazine that has a number of other green tips you might enjoy, including these eco cleaning articles. Carly Wood is from Leeds, UK.  She loves blogging, the color pink and cupcakes.  She also has a pet Schnauzer, which she adores! 

Photo: cafemama