In the spirit of the Kitchen Cure, which just started this week, we have rounded up the best DIY, eco-friendly cleaning solutions from The Kitchn and Re-Nest, our sister site devoted to green homes.
Most of these green cleaners can be made with just a few ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your pantry.
General: Mix up a few inexpensive ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon juice, and you have an all-purpose cleaner for counters, sinks, stoves, and more. If you like fragrance, add a few drops of essential oil such as lavender or lemon.
Sink: Baking soda does a great job of scrubbing and freshening.
Garbage disposal: Just add lemon!
Stove: For cleaning splatters and gunk, it doesn't get much simpler than this.
Oven: Baking soda works to a point, but we're still looking for the best green solution. Check out some discussions in the links below.
Microwave: Once again, baking soda and vinegar come to the rescue.
Pantry: To clean pantry shelves and prevent pests, we use a combination of warm, soapy water, white vinegar, and essential oil.
(Image: Kathryn Wright)