Rather than dump nasty chemicals down your sink just to get things clean, try these handy-dandy organic kitchen cleansers
Let’s be honest from the git-go: organic kitchen cleaners aren’t likely to be as effective as the harsh, chemical-based stuff you can get at the local grocery store. But then again, they don’t have harsh chemicals in them either, to damage your skin or foul up the environment. That’s a point in their favor.
Today, lads and lassies, we’re going to take a look at two very simple cleansers you can make inexpensively from items on hand. Add a little elbow grease and your kitchen will soon be sparkling.
Going to Pot…
As all cooks know, copper cookware has a tendency to tarnish fairly easily. Well, you can’t use chemical tarnish removers on them; that’s not really safe. What you can do is sprinkle some salt on a cut lemon half and get to scrubbing.
The salt acts as an abrasive, while the lemon juice and salt worth together to neutralize the tarnish. This method is safe to use both inside the pots and out, since you’re using natural, edible materials. One caveat, though: you’ll need to rinse thoroughly so that you don’t end up with verdigris residue on the copper.
Don’t throw that used lemon half on the compost heap, by the way; the salt is bad for the compost. Instead, cut it up and run it through your garbage disposal to help neutralize any odors there.
Everything AND the Kitchen Sink
Stainless steel sinks can be a pain to clean sometimes, and despite the name, stainless steel does stain sometimes. Well, you can make short work of your dirty sink by using a paste consisting of one-quarter hydrogen peroxide (the 3% kind) and three-quarters cream of tartar.
Okay, I know that cream of tartar isn’t as often used in the kitchen as it once was, but there may be some in your spice rack. If not, you can certainly get it cheaply at the grocery store.
Now, take that paste and scrub the sink with it, and it’ll shine when you’re done. If you’ve got stains on bathtub porcelain, it’ll lift them right off, too. Just lather the paste generously on the stain, and let it dry before removing it. The stain will go away with the residue.
There You Have It!
Once again, these cleanser formulas aren’t going to be as easy and quick as Mr. Clean or Lime-Away. On the other hand, they’re made of all-natural (even edible) ingredients that won’t hurt you or the environment. I think that’s worth the extra bit of elbow grease these organic kitchen cleansers require…don’t you?