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DIY Kitchen Cleaner

DIY Kitchen Cleaner
You know that yucky smell lurking under your sink? The one that causes breathing trouble and irritates your eyes? It’s not mold and mildew. It’s standard chemical kitchen cleaner and bleach.

Cleaners, like bleach, do disinfect and clean surfaces (and clothing) thoroughly, but they also come with a host of issues. While they make things seem bright, shiny, and clean, they could be wreaking havoc on your health and the health of your home.

Here are a few things you may not know about those cleaners:

  • They can irritate the lining of the airway, which can lead to upper respiratory infections and swallowing difficulties.
  • They can burn skin when contact is made
  • They are poisonous if accidentally swallowed
  • The artificial scents and fragrances can also cause upper respiratory issues, headaches and even trigger allergies

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That doesn’t sound so clean and great after all.  So what should you do?

You could decide to quit cleaning completely and live in a dirty home, but that might be just as hazardous to your health. Germs, dirt and dust are also harmful to your health. Luckily, you can make your own cleaner with a few household items that you might already have around your kitchen.

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With just lemons, white vinegar, water and baking soda, you can make a disinfecting cleaner, perfect for your kitchen.

Here is the breakdown on why these items are so good.

  • Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and antibacterial cleaner.
  • Baking soda is a multi-purpose cleaner and acts as a scrubber
  • Lemon juice is a brightener and also adds a natural, fresh scent
  • Water mixes it all together

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Combine four kitchen staples and you’ve got one heck of a cleaner. It’s antibacterial, it’s disinfectant, and it even scrubs, cleans, and shines.

1 juice of one lemon (fresh)

1 cup White Vinegar

½ cup Baking Soda

3 cups Water

Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle. When the baking soda and the vinegar make contact, they will foam and fizz, so add the baking soda in slowly. You can also leave it out and sprinkle it on your surface before spraying it down. Once mixed, start cleaning.

Now that you know one really great kitchen cleaner, download the DIY Kitchen Cleaner Guide and try a few more variations that will help you scrub deeply dirty surfaces, (like your sink), as well as some deeply cleaning but less abrasive cleaners (like yoga mat wash). You can download your free guide below.

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  • Stephanie
    March 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Jessi! The baking soda clogged my sprayer- I tried twice. I ended up putting it in a bottle with a lid to just pour on a rag to use. Is there a way to get it to dissolve better so I can use a sprayer? Thanks!

    • thehouseofhealthy
      March 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Hmm, haven;t had that happen before. Maybe use a little less or add a little more vinegar. You can always opt out of the baking soda and just use a vinegar, water,lemon/oil mixture too. The vinegar is the main cleaner, the baking soda just acts as a scrubber.