Natural ways to clean your kitchen, because chemicals are not delicious

May 23, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. ET
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You don’t have to clean with harsh chemicals. Scrubbing down your microwave with bleach doesn’t have to be the answer. You can use natural cleaning products that you already have right in your kitchen. Lemons, vinegar and olive oil are a few of your known kitchen ingredients that can actually help you clean. Yes, even to clean dirt out of your microwave, get tough stains out of your apron and disinfect, all with ingredients you would normally cook with.

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I love these natural cleaners so much that I like to keep a few extra lemons, bottles of olive oil and vinegar for cleaning purposes only.

1. Lemon

What it cleans: Lemon juice makes a good all-purpose surface cleaner, like your microwave or laminate counter tops. It can also help remove tough stains from kitchen linens.

How to use: Mix a solution of equal parts water and lemon juice to make a surface cleaner. Whiten and brighten your white linens by mixing 1 cup of lemon juice with your laundry detergent to remove tough stains.

2. Vinegar

What it cleans: Vinegar can disinfect your cutting boards and clean your fridge. Amazing, right? Instead of using harsh chemicals in your fridge — where you store your food — you can clean with something much safer.

How to use: Make a solution of equal parts warm water and vinegar for a refrigerator cleaner. To disinfect your cutting boards, spray with straight vinegar, rinse with water, and then air-dry.

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3. Baking soda

What it cleans: Baking soda makes a great sink cleanser.

How to use: Turn on the faucet, wet the sink, and add baking soda. Scrub, and rinse again. You’ll now have a sparkly clean sink without any crazy chemicals.

4. Olive oil

What it cleans: Need to get tough stains off your cast-iron skillet? The best way to do that is with olive oil.

How to use: Make a paste with olive oil and coarse salt, rub it on your cast iron, and rinse with hot water. It’ll be as good as new.

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5. Salt

What it cleans: Before you resort to using Drano to clear a clogged kitchen sink drain, try this.

How to use: Create a solution of equal parts salt, vinegar and baking soda. Pour the solution down your drain to remove any clogs. Let the solution sit for about an hour, and then clear the drain with hot tap water and a pot of boiling water.