Creating a sustainable kitchen cleaning routine is more important than ever. Not only does it benefit the environment, but it also ensures a safe, toxin-free space for you and your family. At Clean Mama, we’re all about combining efficiency with eco-friendliness. Here are some favorite eco-friendly kitchen cleaning hacks that will keep your kitchen spotless without compromising safety.

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1. Embrace DIY Cleaners

Ditch the chemicals and make your own cleaners using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. A simple yet powerful all-purpose cleaner can be made by mixing equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a fresh scent. This solution works wonders on countertops, appliances, and even the kitchen sink. See all sorts of DIY cleaning recipes here.

2. Use Castile Soap

Castile soap is a versatile, vegetable-based soap that’s free from synthetic ingredients, making it an excellent choice for the eco-conscious household. A small amount diluted in water creates a gentle yet effective cleaning solution for floors, dishes, and more. Stay tuned for a new cleaning soap in the shop soon!

3. Opt for Reusable Cleaning Cloths

Instead of paper towels, switch to reusable cloths. Microfiber cloths are great for cleaning up spills and wiping down surfaces. Wash and reuse them to significantly reduce waste. You’ll quickly find that the cleaning results you get with reusable cleaning cloths is better too – they make such a difference! I love using these bar mop towels on counters and this cleaning cloth kit for cleaning in the kitchen. 

4. Baking Soda for Scrubbing

For those tough-to-clean spots, baking soda is your best friend. It’s a natural abrasive that can help scrub away stains from countertops, sinks, and even your oven. Make a paste with a little water for a powerful, eco-friendly scrub without any harsh chemicals. Prefer your baking soda pre-mixed and scented for you? Try the Multi-Purpose Cleaning & Freshening Powder in the shop.

5. Lemon as a Natural Disinfectant

Lemons are not just for lemonade—they’re a natural disinfectant and can help brighten and remove odors in your kitchen. Use a slice of lemon to rub down cutting boards and countertops, or mix lemon peels with vinegar for an all-purpose cleaning spray, use the juice to clean the garbage disposal

6. Steam Clean Your Microwave

Forget about harsh cleaners for your microwave. Simply fill a microwave-safe glass bowl with water and a lemon cut into 4 pieces. Microwave on high for several minutes, allowing the steam to condense on the walls and ceiling. Then, just wipe away the softened food residue with a clean, soft cloth. See the full DIY here.

7. Reuse Glass Jars for Storage

Instead of buying new containers or using plastic bags, save and clean glass jars from pasta sauces, pickles, and other products. They’re perfect for storing bulk goods, homemade cleaners, or even as a container for soaking greasy tools and grates.

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8. Use Natural Air Fresheners

Instead of using synthetic air fresheners, make a simmer with citrus peels and herbs in water on the stove for a natural way to freshen up your kitchen. Super stinky kitchen smells? Put a small bowl of white vinegar on the counter – it’ll absorb the stink and you can pour it in your kitchen sink when you’re done using it, add a little dish soap, and give the sink a little scrub. Don’t forget that houseplants can also help purify the air, adding a touch of green to your clean kitchen.

By incorporating these eco-friendly kitchen cleaning hacks into your routine, you’ll not only have a sparkling kitchen but also contribute to a healthier planet. It’s all about making small changes that add up to a big impact. Happy green cleaning!