In my last post we talked about the biggest toxic offenders lurking in your kitchen cleaning supplies. In this post we are going to go over the cheap and effective toxin-free cleaners you can utilize instead. After spending years with generic cleaning brands, the switch can be a little bumpy.
Most importantly, you will have to adjust your expectations when it comes to how things smell. With both DIY and Conscious-Consumer-approved cleaning agents, there is no manufactured fragrance that sends the immediate signal to our senses that something is “clean.” Vinegar is the major stopgap for newbie toxin-free advocates. Vinegar has a very acidic smell that can be a bit jarring at first, but keep in mind the smell fades after just five minutes and there is no toxic fall-out for your body involved. Mixing essential oils like peppermint and lavender into vinegar cleaning solutions can leave spaces smelling lovely after the initial vinegar smell has faded. My own personal favorite essential oil mixes are listed below with the DIY options, but feel free to experiment with essential oils and find a combination your own nostrils love.
The next point I want to make is that when using the DIY option for your dishwashing detergent, glasses come out a bit cloudy when done if you have hard water. Using vinegar in your rinse dispenser can negate some of the cloudiness. You can always give your glasses a quick rinse before you drink out of them too.
Before we dive in to the toxin-free kitchen cleaning recipes, there are a few items that will come in handy when cleaning toxin-free. These items are either compostable, recyclable, or biodegradable. The simplest way to think about these purchases is the less you throw into your garbage can, and the more you can compost or reuse, the better. It's time to ditch paper towels altogether and opt for washable reusable products!
Reusable Cleaning Supplies
With each DIY recipe, I’ll offer you a Conscious-Consumer-approved alternative. All of these recipes and products I have tried personally and can vouch for their effectiveness. If you fall on the DIY end of the spectrum, buying in bulk is always the best way to save money. Here are the main items you will need when DIYing any of your cleaning.
Buying In Bulk For DIY Cleaning
Recipes For DIY Cleaning Products
Conscious Consumer Approved Kitchen Cleaning Products You Can Trust
My hope is that this post inspires you to take on some DIY toxin-free cleaning or switch over to brands you can trust. The overarching theme when cleaning kitchen is to generate as little waste as possible, recycle what you cannot compost, and to invest in reusable materials that last until they have be composted. This restructuring of habits around cleaning the kitchen closes the loop, generating little to no landfill contributions. In cleaning your kitchen, you can be a part of positive change for our planet!
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1. Joe Salatin
2. Rachel Carson
3. Wendell Berry
4. Temple Grandin
5. Sustainable Dish
6. Zero Waste Home
7. Allan Savory
Favorite Books of 2018
2. Bringing it to the Table
3. Holistic Management
4. The Small Scale Poultry Flock
5. In The Company of Women