From the little messes like spilled coffee grounds on your kitchen counter to the larger ones like the accumulation of melted cheese and pizza crumbs in the bottom of your oven, your kitchen attracts grime in all its nooks and crannies. Not to mention, the piles of dishes in the sink and the splattered food on every conceivable surface. You may think you need the strongest chemicals you can find to get such a big cleaning job done, but there are some all-natural cleaners that work just as well, if not better than, the toxic stuff. With a few basic ingredients, you can make your kitchen shine like never before — without inhaling chemical-filled fumes.
1. Take Your Sink Drain From Funky to Fresh
If you've ever walked by your kitchen sink and got a whiff of something smelly brewing down that drain, then you know it needs to be fixed ASAP. This drain cleaner uses common products like baking soda, vinegar, lemon slices and an old rag to take your drain from funky to fresh in no time.
2. Make Your Countertops Shine With This 5-Ingredient Cleaner
Five basic ingredients, like borax, Castile soap and lavender oil, are all you need to make your entire kitchen shine. This multipurpose cleaner is safe to use around your food, your kids and your pets, so can feel good knowing that you're keeping toxic chemicals away from your family.
3. Wipe Away Stuck-On Grime From Your Kitchen Cabinets
Give your kitchen cabinets a good wipe down with this homemade cabinet cleaner made from vinegar, borax and dish soap. Do one coat of the cleaning solution followed by a swipe from a clean cloth to remove dirt and suds. Once you see how much grime was on your cabinets, this is one chore you'll never slack on again.
4. Clean Your Oven Without the Suffocating Toxic Fumes
Cleaning the oven used to be the worst job when it came to cleaning the kitchen, but not anymore. Toss out those chemical filled cleaners and make your own oven cleaner spray using all-natural ingredients that won't flood your house with toxic fumes. Just spray it on, let it sit and wipe away all the pizza crumbs and burnt cheese from the bottom of your oven.
5. While You're At It, Don't Forget About the Oven Racks
Now that you've tackled the inside of the oven, those racks could use a little love, too. A layer of baking soda gets the process going and in 10 minutes you'll have oven racks so clean you could eat off them. Pro tip: Remove the oven racks and lay them in your bathtub to make things easier.
6. Get a Melted Plastic Bag Off Your Burner With This Trick
Accidentally touching a plastic bag to a hot oven burner is a clean freak's worst nightmare. Remove the sticky offender by covering the plastic with baking soda, saturating with vinegar and then just wiping away with a sponge. Done and done.
7. Clean and Deodorize Your Dishwasher
Just because the dishwasher is constantly full of hot soapy water, doesn't mean the actual unit itself is clean. Pour one cup of vinegar into your empty dishwasher, add baking soda and essential oils before running the dishwasher on the quickest setting. Repeat monthly.
8. Become A Homemade Cleaner Convert With This Floor Solution
Save your money — put down that expensive floor cleaner! Make your own all-natural cleaner with water, vinegar, rubbing alcohol and a few drops of dish soap. You'll be a homemade cleaner convert in the blink of an eye once you see this stuff in action.
9. Make Your Wood Floors Shine Again
Cleaning hard wood floors can seem intimidating since they can warp if you use too much water (and damaging them would be a pricy fix!), but it's actually really simple once you know what you're doing. Spray the homemade cleaning solution you just made on a microfiber rag, or directly on the floor if it's particularly bad, and scrub. Now, stand back and watch your floor glisten.
10. Give Your Kitchen A Wall-to-Wall Cleaning
You may be diligent about your cleaning schedule, but how long has it been since you gave your walls a good wipe down? Be careful not to use anything too hard or abrasive or you risk ruining the paint job. A mild mix of vinegar and water will do the trick and leave your place shining from wall to wall.
11. Clean Even The Stickiest Situations With This Multipurpose Scrub
This multipurpose cleaner is a real work horse that will get your kitchen back to the pristine state it was in before you tried to bake that cherry pie from scratch. Whisk together baking soda, Castile soap, water and your favorite essential oil until it reaches the consistency of cake icing and store in an air-tight container.
12. Give Your Tile Floors Some Love
Give your tile floors a nice hot bath in this DIY cleaner to wash away all the stuck on food and muddy footprints covering your kitchen floor. The bubbling reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda is tough enough for your grout, but gentle enough to use around your family.
13. Make Your Slow Cooker Shine Like New Again
There's nothing better than coming home to the smell of dinner simmering away in a slow cooker. So, return the favor and show your slow cooker some TLC. A little baking soda, Castile soap and elbow grease will have her shining like the day you brought her home.