kitchen3By Clifford Woods

Based on the words of the mass media, our kitchens have harmful bacteria thriving in them. They state that salmonella, E. coli, and various other harmful germs are everywhere. Fortunately, this is all completely wrong unless you have piles of raw chicken all over the place.

The reality is that regular care and consideration with a couple simple organic cleaning ingredients will make your kitchen area as clean and bacteria-free as it should be. If you are using chemical-based products, it would be a good idea to switch to all-natural solutions such as those that contain beneficial microorganisms as they are much better for your health and the environment.

If you want to use only natural products found in your home, baking soda is a great eco-friendly cleaning solution to make use of, particularly in the kitchen. It is safe to use around food and has absolutely no smell. Baking soda is also slightly coarse; however it will not harm your surfaces at all. Lemon juice and vinegar are also cleaning solutions to have around the home.

Fruit
If you are stressing about what insect poison or some other chemical residues might be lurking on your fresh vegetables and fruit, then cleaning your produce with a small amount of baking soda will give you a peace of mind as this is a guaranteed way to get rid of chemicals and dirt. Rinse off the fruit or vegetable well and make sure to dry it if you plan on storing it for a long time.

Floors
Tile floors can be washed using a bucket of warm water combined with a half cup of baking soda. Just mop as normal while using the combination and rinse extensively. You can add a bit of lemon juice to the water to produce a refreshing aroma.

Sink Drains
Once weekly, pour a quarter cup of baking soda straight down each of your kitchen drains along with a half cup of vinegar. Allow this blend to sit in the drain for twenty minutes or more without the other fluids going down. As this is resting, boil some water on your stove. Lastly, rinse the drain with the boiling water you just prepared.

Microwaves
To simply eliminate splatters and build-ups in the microwave, put a quarter cup of vinegar to one cup of water in a container and then place it into the microwave. Turn it on for three minutes and then let it steam for about ten minutes. Once the time has passed, the buildup food should now be loose enough for you to wipe away with ease.

Freezer
If the cubes which are taken from the automated ice cube machine taste odd, consider washing the detachable parts of the device with a water and baking soda solution.

Coffee Mugs
Coffee stains can be removed from light-colored mugs simply by using a damp sponge or cloth dipped in baking soda. If the patches are proving to be persistent, try rubbing them with a bit of salt.

Countertops
Wipe down your kitchen surfaces with vinegar daily as this will make them shinny and keep your kitchen smelling clean. You may also slice a lemon ­in half, spread some baking soda on it, and wash the countertop with this to obtain the same results.  Rinse well when done.

Silverware
Put just a little salt on to a soft cloth and gently rub the items. After that, clean the silverware manually with dish detergent and warm water. Cautiously dry each piece by blotting it. Sterling silver can be washed using a composite of two tablespoons of salt and a half cup of vinegar. Lightly apply in the paste, rinse, and dry extensively.