In general, it is important for us to perform various green-related tasks in the house. One of the most common activities we do at home is cleaning and we do it every day. Kitchen is the place where much of the cleaning tasks occur and it is where we make and prepare our meals. Green cleaning methods in kitchen should be incorporated in our routine home improvement plan: Here are things we should do:
- Use natural dish soap: Many dish soaps are actually made from petroleum-based ingredients. It is important to avoid using non-renewable material in our house. We could switch to vegetable-based soap to allow us wash our dishes.
- Use all-purpose cleaners: When cleaning our kitchen, there could be dirt and spills on our tables and counters. They need to be cleaned properly with water and proper dishwashing soap. In some cases, we need powerful cleaners, if it is difficult to clean specific areas. Instead of using industrial-grade, chemical loaded cleaners, we could mix baking soda and a bit of water to create a paste. Stubborn stains could also be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide or oxygen bleach.
- Clean wooden cutting boards: It is essential to avoid using chemicals, because it can be absorbed by the wood surface. Instead, we could use coarse salt and lemon. First, we could rub coarse salt on the cutting board and squeeze a lemon on top of it. Rub until salt is dissolved and rinse the cutting board. If some of the stains still remain, we need to let the cutting board dry first and repeat the process.
- Disinfect sponges: Compared to your toilet, kitchen sponges can be the most thriving habitat for bacteria and other microorganisms. Bits of food and damp condition could cause bacteria to multiply quickly. Sponges should be sanitized every three days and the most efficient to do this is by putting into a hot water. Boiling sponges could damage them and hot water should already kill much, if not all the germs.
- Rely on hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide can be considered as a green cleaning agent and it wouldn’t harm the nature excessively. It is essential for sanitizing surfaces in our kitchen, so we could stop the spread of bacteria and other organisms. A cleaning solution can be made from one part of water and one part of hydrogen peroxide. After spraying, we could wait for five minutes and use clean towel to rub the surface. Hydrogen peroxide should be stored in dark areas so it won’t be neutralized by sunlight. It should be kept in opaque bottles that don’t absorb the light.
- Clean oven: Grease and bits of cake are wonderful habitat for bacteria, especially if we rarely use our oven. Cleaning the interior of our oven with industrial chemical is a big NO! We should use safer solution, such as the above baking soda paste to remove stubborn encrusted grease. We could spread the paste on troublesome spots and leave them overnight. We should be able to scrape those spots in the following morning and rub everything with damp, clean towel.