The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, and for good reason–after all, this is where the food happens! But the amount of foot traffic through this room means it gets cleaned a lot more frequently than other parts of your house. Think of all the messes this space would accumulate without constant attention…dishes piling up in the sink, sauce from last night’s pizza sticking to the counter, dusty footprints tracked in by kids in the endless search for snacks. In short, the kitchen needs to be cleaned. A lot.
Since you do focus so much of your cleaning energy on this space, make sure you’re using products that will be gentler on your home, and on the earth, in the long run. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite eco-friendly house cleaning tips.
Wiping Down Counters & Appliances
Rather than spritzing your counter with a chemical, stick to plain old vinegar. Pour a small amount onto a clean rag or a paper towel and run it over your countertop. Vinegar is much gentler than many products, and will leave your surfaces gleaming. Vinegar also doubles as a spot remover; place a few drops on a particularly hard-to-remove stain, leave it for a few minutes, and scrub the stain away.
Vinegar is also a potent appliance cleaner. Mix three parts water to one part vinegar, and you’ll be ready to do battle with the toughest caked-on grease and stains.
Cleaning the Sink
The sink is the unsung hero of the kitchen. Just about every aspect of a meal eventually winds up in the sink, from the food itself to the dishes you eat off. Even more reason to keep it clean, right? There are plenty of green cleaning tips to make your sink sparkle, but this one will help you with preventative cleaning and necessary maintenance, should you wind up with a clog.
Pour 1/4 of a cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. Let it do its work for up to half an hour, then pour boiling water after it. This will clear debris and bits of food from the drain, as well as chase off any questionable aromas.
While the kitchen is the epicenter of delicious scents, it can also host some not-so-great odors. Some foods have a distinctive aroma, and on occasion while cleaning out the fridge you discover your youngest shoved something deep into the back that wasn’t noticed for far too long. Make the most of your kitchen cleaning and make sure the room smells clean, too. You’ve probably heard all about how baking soda can eliminate odors; in a pinch, salt does the same thing! Pour salt into containers and leave them to sit overnight. No more smell!
Your kitchen is where the magic happens, and you’ll keep it looking dazzling with our eco-friendly cleaning suggestions. For even more cleaning hacks, including a primer on our 22-Step Healthy Touch Cleaning System, call 1-800-THE-MAIDS today for a free estimate!