We have harped about novel decor items like crafting DIY vertical chessboards, and we have prattled about honing our zombie survival skills by learning to open a can by just our hands. However this time around, things take a more practical route, with us discussing the pretty simple processes of making our very own kitchen cleaners.
The obvious advantage regarding the DIY endeavor is that we don’t to make those time-consuming trips to the supermarket to choose our cleaners, which can be a bit tricky for kitchens. Moreover, the materials used for our ‘home brewed’ concoctions are non-toxic and thus good for our health.
And, since we have brought up the subject of materials, the ingredients needed for your home-made kitchen cleaning solution are – vinegar, baking soda, dish soap, lemons, water and optionally essential oil. As for equipment, you will need – measuring spoons, spray bottle, funnel, a bowl or any open container, sponge and scrub brush.
1) Multi-purpose Cleaner –
We start out by briefly describing how to make a collective, multi-purpose cleaner for various kitchen surfaces like counter tops, sink edges and even hard floor spots. For this, first you need to salvage a working spray bottle and funnel. Then measure around 1/2 teaspoon of soap, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of vinegar; put them into the spray bottle with the help of the funnel, and stir the mixture (by gently shaking the bottle). Then proceed on to add an ample volume of tepidly warm water to the mixture, and shake the bottle once again. Finally, you can top off the solution with a dash of essential oil.
2) Sink Cleaner –
From a collective cleaning solution we move on to: how to specifically clean our sinks, basins and stove tops. For this, we need a bowl and around 1/3 to 1/2 cup of baking soda in that bowl. Once again revert to tepidly warm water, and pour it over the powder. Then start stirring, until it turns into a paste like solution. You can finally use your scrub brush or sponge to scoop off the paste and apply/rub it on the sink surfaces to be cleaned.
3) Microwave Oven Cleaner –
Now, we come to our greatest kitchen asset since the discovery of fire – our ever trusty microwave ovens. Once again the process is simple, with microwave heating actually doing much of the cleaning work. Here is how it goes: put two cups of water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar (also known as distilled vinegar) in a microwave compatible ceramic or glass bowl. Start the oven, and let the water evaporate to around half of its volume (by effect of heat). Then turn off the contraption, and let the solution simmer down for about ten minutes. The steamed vapor from the solution tends to permeate through the layers of grime inside the oven, thus making them loose.
After the ten minute cooling down session is over, open up the machine and take out the bowl (which can be still hot for your bare hands) with the help of mitts. Now sprinkle your sponge with a bit of baking soda, and start scrubbing off the loosened grime sections inside the microwave oven. The stains and the scum should be easy to manage by now. Finally, you can dip a cloth in water and wipe the machine’s entire interior section, and voila, your microwave oven is clean as a whistle.
4) Garbage Disposal Sanitizer –
We end our kitchen cleaning saga with the simplest process, and that is sanitizing your garbage disposal. For this, you just need to salvage a lemon pulp and some peels from its green skin (preferably a lemon that has already been used for its juice). Put this items inside the garbage disposal, turn on the sink’s faucet and finally activate the shredding contraption. The natural essence of lemon should act as effective sanitizing agent for the kitchen component.