Did you know the average American household has over 25 gallons of dangerous chemicals in their home, most of those in the form of conventional “cleaning” products? It’s time to take it back to Grandma’s day, when cleaning solutions were homegrown. And good news: Mother Nature has already provided us with all natural, green cleaning agents that can be used to get a sparkling clean kitchen. The answer to your kitchen cleaning conundrum is waiting in your pantry!
Here are 3 common ingredients that can be used to clean (almost) anything in your kitchen.
(1) Lemon: The magic behind lemon’s cleaning ability is its acidity. In addition, the peels of the lemon contain limonene, the active ingredient of citrus oil, which is an especially fantastic degreaser.
- Stop the scum: Prevent lime scale of faucets by rubbing the fixtures with lemon juice and let sit overnight. Rinse in the morning.
- Hands-off microwave cleaner: Slice a lemon, put it in a bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Wipe down the inside of the microwave with a clean cloth.
- Stain remover: Remove stains from food storage containers by squeezing the juice of a lemon into the containers, then add a little baking soda. Rub the mixture into the container and leave overnight if necessary.
- Clean your stainless steel and make your copper shine: Slice a lemon and generously salt the sliced side. Use lemon as a scouring pad to remove dirt, grime, or stains.
- Deodorize the garbage disposal: toss a peel or two down the disposal, turn on the water, and run your disposal for 10 seconds to naturally neutralize odors.
(2) Vinegar: Like lemon, the key to vinegar’s efficacy is in it’s acid. Because it’s a powerful solvent, it’s extremely effective when it comes to tackling bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew.
- Decalcify your faucet spout: secure a baggie filled with white vinegar to your faucet spout using a rubber band. Leave overnight to remove mineral deposits. Use an old toothbrush to loosen any leftover buildup.
- Clean your coffee maker: Fill the water chamber with equal parts vinegar and water. Using a paper filter, allow to brew until half the chamber is empty. Let sit for 1 hour, then finish the brew cycle. Rinse the machine by using a new paper filter to brew a pot of plain water.
- Deodorize your dishwasher: Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your dishwasher to neutralize left-behind odors.
- Use a vinegar-based all-purpose cleaner: Mix up your own concoction using equal parts white vinegar and distilled water. Better yet, try Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar – it packs the cleaning power of vinegar, but is infused with the aromas of herbs and fruits. Use it to clean any surface that needs a good scrubbing (but avoid granite and marble as the vinegar can etch those surfaces). You can even spray down your fruits and veggies before you chow down.
(3) Baking Soda: This powerhouse does far more than lend itself to a perfect chocolate chip cookie. Better known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is a budget-friendly tool for cleaning tasks that require extra-gentle abrasion.
- Clear a clogged drain: Pour ½ cup of baking soda down your drain. Follow with ½ cup of white vinegar. Plug the drain immediately afterward. Wait 30 minutes. Flush drain with very hot water.
- Ward off funky fridge odors: Place a box or small bowl filled with baking soda in your fridge to absorb food odors.
- Scrub the scuff: To remove scuff marks or grease spills from the floor, sprinkle with baking soda then wipe with a warm, damp cloth.
- Polish your silver: Create a paste using 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each utensil, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
- Clean your stove top: Sprinkle baking soda generously over the top of the stove then spritz with vinegar. Let sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing. Be sure to use a scrubbing sponge that’s recommended for stove top cleaning (no wire scrubbers)!
We believe everyone deserves a clean, healthy home. Aunt Fannie’s mission is to reduce the use of toxic and unsafe chemicals from our homes. And we don’t just believe in identifying a problem, but feel it’s our responsibility to provide solutions that we can use to improve our health. Our green cleaning solutions guarantee a superior cleaning experience, all while helping you keep a fresh and healthy home. Find out more about our mission in this letter from our Founder.