Homemade Green Cleaning Solutions for the Kitchen

Fall 2010 Kitchen Cure

Making your own green kitchen cleaners is not only good for the environment but also your health and wallet.

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.

Related: How To Clean 5 Common Kitchen Surfaces

(Image: Kathryn Wright)

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