Unfortunately, the kitchen does not stay clean by itself. We cook and this process gives not only delicious dishes but a bunch of cleaning chores as well. As well as dust and dirt brought in from outside, there is also dirt from preparation and cooking, of which grease is the most stubborn. None of these would be a problem if there existed a completely environmentally friendly cleaning method. However to get things perfectly clean with the minimum effort, it is hard to do without chemical agents, as an effective, but nonpolluting cleaning or washing agent has not yet been discovered.
Before buying the detergents have a look in their prescription label and make sure that you will avoid detergents which contain substances which which cannot easily be broken down naturally. Cleaning agents, particularly special cleaners, are often based on corrosive agents and solvents, not to mention disinfectants, anti bacterial and anti fungal poisons like formaldehyde, which are a severe hazard to health and environment.
Alternative solutions start by questioning the need for the various substance contained in dishwashing, cleaning and washing agents. Synthetic colorings and fragrances are avoided, as are disinfectants and enzymes. But even in alternative products, surfactants are used in general purpose cleaners and dishwashing products, but they are based on cooking oils.
We should think about Earth not only on its day but every day by helping the environment the best way possible. And the best way is by doing without cleaning products altogether, for example, glasses and non-greasy items can be washed with water only, windows with water and newspaper, natural fibers can be dried in fresh air and fabric conditioners can be avoided.
Did you finish cooking and you are thinking about all that mess in the kitchen? What about a different way of washing?
Have a look at these homemade household products: Easy, cheap and environmentally friendly.
1. Glass cleaner
Great for: Windows and mirrors
• 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
• 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil, which gives the solution a lovely smell (optional)
Combine ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass. Hint: Don’t clean windows on a hot, sunny day because the solution will dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks
2. Grease Cleaner
Great for: Oven hoods, grills
• 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia mixed with enough water to fill a one-gallon container. (Sudsy ammonia, which has detergent in it, helps remove tough grime.)
Dip sponge or mop in solution and wipe over surface, then rinse area with clear water.
3. All-purpose Cleaner and Deodorizer
Great for: Badly stained washable or bleachable garments
• 1 gallon hot water
• 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
• 1 cup regular liquid chlorine bleach (not ultra or concentrate)
How to use: Mix and pour ingredients into a stainless steel, plastic, or enamel bowl (not aluminum). Soak garment for 15 to 20 minutes. If stain is still there, let it soak a bit longer, then wash garment as usual