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Chemical free Kitchen


Did you know you can have a chemical free Kitchen without the horrors of a messy, smelly kitchen and it is very easy and the best part is it is cheap.

My kitchen cleaning cupboard contains:

Lemon Juice

White vinegar

Bi Card Soda

Vanilla essence 

These are my basic cleaning tools.

Lemon Juice is great for a multitude of problems around the house.

  • Countertops, including laminate and stone Squeeze lemon juice onto the counter and, using the lemon as a scrubber, work the juice over the counter, leaving it on stains until they are removed/ Rinse and dry the surface.
  • Microwaves Heat a bowl of water and sliced lemons in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. Wipe out the microwave with a soft cloth. Not only will the microwave be clean, it will smell great.
  • Brass Dip a lemon wedge in salt and massage into the brass until the tarnish is buffed off . Wash and dry.
  • Copper Squeeze a lemon until it’s juicy, dip it in salt and rub it over the copper surface. The citric acid in the lemon has an immediate cleaning effect on the copper, leaving a brilliant shine on the surface. Rinse and dry.
  • Chrome Rub a cut lemon over the chrome, rinse and buff with a soft cloth or paper towel.
  • Wooden breadboards Squeeze on lemon juice and rub it in. Let it sit in the sun or just leave it on overnight to disinfect and remove stains.
  • Plastic breadboards Squeeze on lemon juice, rub it in, let it soak if stains are present, then wash as usual.
  • Glass pots Pour in lemon juice, add a generous amount of salt or baking soda and scrub with a brush or sponge. For tough stains, let the mixture set, then scrub.
  • Vinegar

  • Countertops Vinegar is mild enough to be safe for all countertops. Pour on a soft cloth and wipe down the counters. It can be used with water, but if used undiluted it repels bugs. It dries to a spotless finish.
  • Stainless-steel sinks Sprinkle in baking soda, pour in some vinegar and scrub with a cloth. Let it soak on stained areas of the sink, then rinse and buff dry.
  • Coffeepots Pour in undiluted vinegar. If the pot has burned-on stains, add some salt to the vinegar. Scrub with a brush and rinse for a sparkling-clean pot.
  • Air freshener Mix together 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Store in a labeled spray bottle and spray as needed to remove odors from the air. (Vinegar doesn’t just cover up odors — it eliminates them.)
  • Setting color in clothes Add 1 cup white vinegar to a container of warm water and soak the fabric for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Suede stains Blot the stain with vinegar on a cloth after first testing in an inconspicuous place on the fabric. The acids in the vinegar are excellent for removing stains. Set the nap with a suede brush or a toothbrush while it’s wet and after it dries.
  • Steam irons Mix a solution of 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water and pour in the water reservoir. Let the iron steam for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn it off and let it cool for an hour. Turn it back on and heat until it’s steaming. Finally, turn it off and pour out the water. Swab out the steam vents on the plate with a pipe cleaner and iron over an old cloth or towel to remove any remaining water deposits.
  • Perspiration stains Heat white vinegar until it’s warm, pour in a spray bottle and spray on the perspiration stains. Sprinkle the stained area with borax and spray again with vinegar. Work the mixture in, using your thumbs. Let it set for approximately 15 minutes and launder as usual.
  • I shall cover the others in my next post…. try these and see.. I did and they worked a treat.