#3 A DIY Kitchen: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things Kitchen cleaning.

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As you can see below, I again use pretty much the same items for my Kitchen cleaning as I do in my other DIY green cleaning around the house.

Some of the things you need for DIY kitchen are:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

A DIY Kitchen: How to Green & Healthy, but is DIY as effective, kill germs & bacteria like e-coli & salmonella like commercial kitchen cleaning  products?
Yes, & in many areas they are better because they leave the needed good bacteria behind but do not leave immune compromising toxic residue behind. Check out the first 2 articles in this series (linked to above) for more info on how and why they are effective.
Part of the truth of how well they work is how rarely we get sick, the same is true of others I have talked to who have switched to DIY cleaning.

Some info on the cleaning power of Borax for cleaning:
Borax is used as a natural laundry booster, multipurpose cleaner, fungicide, preservative, insecticide, herbicide, disinfectant, dessicant. (Banish Black Mold, Naturally). Borax is odorless, whitish (can have various color impurities), and alkaline. It is not flammable and is not reactive. It can be mixed with most other cleaning agents, (including chlorine bleach). Borax cleans & bleaches by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide. This reaction is better in hotter water. The pH of borax is about 9.5, so it produces a basic solution in water, thereby increasing the effectiveness of bleach and other cleaners. In other chemical reactions, borax acts as a buffer, maintaining a stable pH needed to maintain cleansing chemical reactions. The boron, salt, and/or oxygen of boron inhibit the metabolic processes of many organisms. This characteristic allows borax to disinfect. Borates bonds with other particles to keep ingredients dispersed evenly in a mixture, which maximizes the surface area of active particles to enhance cleaning power.

The Power of Vinegar, Baking soda & Borax is cleaning & sanitizing are amazing, green & safe. Other ingredients that also effectively kill germs, viruses & bacteria are colloidal silver, essential oils, salt, lemon juice & rubbing alcohol. So when using safe DIY products you are not at all loosing effectiveness & possibly are getting a cleaner home free of chemicals. So going DIY can be healthier: Commercial & Natural vs DIY cleaners & your immune system

More info:
Ramblings & a Natural multi-purpose DIY Cleaner & Ramblings.. My favorite DIY cleaners

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Now onto how to make all things DIY kitchen

To keep any mixtures you make ahead fresh longer & to add sanitizing power add colloidal silver. Any of the white vinegar can be replaced with Citrus Vinegar

A few basic cleaners that can be used around the kitchen (& house)

DIYBasic spray cleaner
Straight white vinegar
Options to add: 1/2 lemon juice, eucalyptus essential oil, essential oil of choice, 1 tbsp Borax, 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol.
Do not use on Granite or stone, otherwise great for every surface even chrome, a great sanitizer. Straight 5 percent solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses).

Super Disinfectant sprays
(2 bottles create one system of disinfecting)
1 spray bottle of straight white vinegar
1 spray bottle of straight 3% peroxide
Here is a simple trick, just add the spray top off your spray bottles, 1 to a 32oz bottle of white vinegar & one to a 32oz brown bottle of peroxide, if you decide to add the peroxide to a normal spray bottle keep it in the dark when not in use. It doesn’t matter which you use 1st, spray with the vinegar then spray the peroxide, or spray the peroxide then spray the vinegar. You won’t get any lingering taste of vinegar or peroxide, and neither is toxic to you if a small amount remains on the produce. Great for cleaning up raw meat juices like chicken, for cutting boards etc, all surfaces (not vinegar on granite or stone). Pairing the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used in this fashion, making this spray combination more effective at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner. The best results came from using one mist right after the other it is 10 times more effective than using either spray by itself and more effective than mixing the vinegar and peroxide in one sprayer. Simply spray one then the other wipe & rinse if needed, then mist one then the other & allow to air dry.

Multi purpose Spray cleaner safe for Granite & Stone
Straight 3% peroxide
Always double-check your granite or stone wont be harmed by the peroxide, spot check if in doubt. great for all surfaces even chrome. keep in original brown bottle with spray top or keep in dark when not in use.

Multi Purpose spray cleaner
1 part 3% peroxide
1 part lemon juice
1 part filtered water
Store in dark cupboard when not in use.

Kitchen soft scrub:
1 cup baking soda
1 tbsp cream of tartar
enough water to make a thick paste
3 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Mix & store any extra in seal tight container, use on stop, counters, appliances, stainless etc
Options to add: salt, liquid soap

Oven cleaner: Either make a paste of baking soda & water, baking soda & white vinegar or spray the oven with one of the above sprays then sprinkle baking soda over & allow to fizzle & sit.
Options to add: salt, natural liquid soap  (or Dawn), lemon juice.
After it has sat long enough you a scrub brush, wash cloth or sponge to clean it out, use fresh water if needed, after done use spray cleaner to spray & wipe out.

Stove top, burners, burner trays: Soak burners & trays in warm soapy water adding vinegar & baking soda to fizz off burn on food, use toothbrush or steel wool to scrub. then rinse. Spray stove top with one of the above cleaners, allow to sit then add a little baking soda or baking soda & salt to any stuck on food & scrub.

Stained counters: make a paste of baking soda & 3% peroxide, let sit for awhile, scrub & wipe off, you can also add lemon juice, salt or natural liquid soap to the paste.

Stainless steel cleaner #1 for sinks, faucets & appliances:
Put some coconut oil or olive oil on a dry wash cloth or clean sponge, in circular motions rub all over stainless steel appliances.on another washcloth add warmed white vinegar polish/buff with the grain until stainless steel is shiny.

Stainless steel cleaner #2 for sinks, faucets & appliances:

Make a paste with baking soda & water, or baking soda, lemon juice & peroxide. use a wash cloth rub paste onto stainless steel, clean well wipe off with clean dry washcloth, buffing into grain. use a washcloth with warm vinegar and polish/buff more if needed.

To clean inside fridge: use spray cleaner of choice from above, use baking soda in a paste as needed, have a bucket of warm vinegar water, use a sponge & clean.

Hand washing dish soap #1 (large amount)
1  gallon container with seal lid
1 bar of Zote soap
3 cups of washing soda (go here for DIY washing soda)
3 cups Borax
Grate the zote & add to a pot with water over medium heat & stir until melted.fill the container half way with hot water, add the washing soda & Borax,stir until dissolved. now add the melted zote water & mix well. Fill the bucket to the top with HOT water, mix, cover & let sit overnight. Use 1 to 2 tbsp per sink of water, swishing around with hand.

Hand washing dish soap #2 (large)
Grate 2 cups of bar soap (Zote, Fels, castile, octagon, homemade etc)
add to 4 cups of  water in a pot over med heat, until all soap has melted but do not let boil,let cool & add 2 tbsp of lemon juice. mix & add to seal tight container. add 1 or 2 tbsp per sink of water, mix with hand.

Hand washing dish soap #3 (large)
1 cup grated natural bar soap
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup washing soda (use the link above to make your own)
1/4 cup lemon juice
Bring 10 cups of water to a boil, reduce to medium low & slowly add grated soap, baking soda, washing soda, & lemon juice, simmer with lid on pot for 45 minutes to an hour (might need to turn heat lower so as to not burn), do not let boil & stir 4 or 5 times during cooking scraping bottom good, when done remove from heat & allow to cool, stirring several times during cooling. store in air tight container, use 1 to 2 tbsp per sink of water

Hand washing dish soap: (Made per sink load) 2 tbsp of baking soda & 1 tbsp of borax per sink, Optional to use 1 tsp. of a natural liquid soap, add white vinegar. Make a paste with baking soda & water to get greasy dishes clean.

For Dishes that should not ever be washed with soap, such as Pizza stones, other stoneware, ice cube trays etc: use a paste with baking soda & water to clean them & scrub clean, if needed add a bit of salt.

For greasy sink of dishes: add several tbsp of baking soda per sink of dishes, use baking soda & water paste to scrub any greasy/oily dishes, pots & pans etc.

To get rust spots or lime etc off silverware, pots or pans: use baking soda water paste & scrub, option of adding salt, or use kitchen soft scrub.

For cleaning & shining copper pots: spray straight lemon juice on copper, sprinkle salt on to cover, use a fresh-cut 1/2 of lemon with cut side to salt/copper, scrub, let sit if needed, then use baking soda lemon juice & salt paste if needed to scrub again. then rinse.

For plastic stains & odors (such as in Tupperware, rubber made)
make a baking soda & peroxide paste (or use Kitchen soft scrub) apply & scrub, allow to sit for a while or overnight for odors & bad stains.

Dishwasher soap #1:
1 cup Washing soda (see how to make your own above)
1 cup of Borax
1/2 Baking soda
1/2 cup of corn starch
1/4 cup salt, sea salt, epsom salt or kosher salt
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of this mixture to your dishwasher detergent compartment add only a couple drops of a natural liquid soap (or Castile soap or Dawn) if your dishwasher/water causes you to need it, make sure to not add to much liquid soap. add 1./4 cup lemon juice or white vinegar to the bottom & run as normal.

Dishwasher soap #2:
Just add 1 tbsp of each baking soda & borax per load

Go here to learn how to make: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Cubes (DIY)

Dishwasher rinse aid to replace jet dry: Use white vinegar or lemon juice

To add boost to DIY dishwasher soap or to add sparkle in rinse cycle: 1 tbsp of orange tang, or one pack of lemon aide Kool-aide to bottom of washing machine &/or added to rinse cycles, helps get rid of spots.

Cleaning cycle for dishwasher: run with half a container of orange Tang & 1 cup of white vinegar

To clean dried on burn on egg off pans: Try adding salt while pan is still hot covering all stuck on egg, let sit till cool,then just use a plastic spatula to scrape off. if pot is already cool mist with spray cleaner & cover egg with salt, allow to sit & scrape off with plastic spatula, use baking soda & salt paste to get any remaining egg off.

To safely scrub teflon pans: use baking soda & water paste, option of adding salt.

To clean & freshen garbage disposal: add 1 lemon you just squeezed juice out of & some ice cubes & run, freeze lemon juice in ice-cube trays & add a couple and run, can add vinegar &/or baking soda in with either of these mixtures.

How to clean microwave #1
use glass microwave safe measuring cup (or other glass cup or bowl)
add straight white vinegar 3/4 full
heat 1 to 2 minutes & let it sit & steam the inside, do not open door, so steam can loosen stuck on food, then wipe clean. if needed use a spray cleaner & baking soda for tough jobs.

How to clean microwave #2
use glass microwave safe measuring cup (or other glass cup or bowl)
add water to almost 3/4 full, add 2 tbsp lemon juice
heat 1 to 2 minutes & let it sit & steam the inside, do not open door, so steam can loosen stuck on food, then wipe clean. if needed use a spray cleaner & baking soda for tough jobs.

To clean small appliances (outside)
make a paste of cream of tartar & water, clean with sponge, for tough jobs use kitchen soft scrub or a baking soda, borax & water paste.

To clean coffee pot (inside) to keep it working properly

add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of white vinegar to carafe, add the rest of the way full with water
add to reservoir & run as normal, dump when done & run 1 to 2 brews with just water.

add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of lemon to carafe, add the rest of the way full with water
add to reservoir & run as normal, dump when done & run 1 to 2 brews with just water.

add 2 tbsp (or more) of baking soda carafe, add the rest of the way full with water & stir till dissolved
add to reservoir & run as normal, dump when done & run 1 brew with just water.

For oil or grease clean up: Sprinkle corn starch or corn starch & baking soda on to soak up & wipe off.

For Moping: add 1 to 2 cups of white vinegar to hot bucket of mop water & mop.

Fresh fruit & vegetable wash/soak: (go here for more DIY soaks, washes & sprays)
Use either white vinegar, Apple cider vinegar or Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.
you can also add a few tbsp of salt after adding the fruits or veges then give them a shake, or a tbsp of baking soda, or a few tbsp of colloidal silver
If you do not want to use Vinegar use just baking soda, 1/2 cup dissolved in a sink of water
Or just salt, 1/4 to 1/2 cup dissolved in sink of water
Or just 1/4 cup of colloidal silver in sink of water
or 1/4 to 1/2 cup of peroxide in a sink of water
or 1/4 cup of lemon juice
You will also notice the fruits & veges do not spoil as fast & stay fresh & not moldy after doing this.
At the end of the bath, sometimes you can even see cloudy stuff in the water from the skins, chemicals and waxes, and dirt residue on the bottom. No need to rinse just pat dry & store
Kills germs, bacteria & fungus

To unclog sink/drain cleaner:
Pour in 1/2 cup to 1 cup baking soda, then pour in 1 cup of heated white vinegar, let fizz for about ten minutes & run hot water down it, for tough clogs add 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap (or Dawn)

Learn about using Borax to clean here, for DIY cleaning wipes go here

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