Thursday, March 24, 2016

Best Kitchen Green Cleaning Hacks

Tired of cleaning your kitchen with harmful common household toxic "products"? These chemicals can be harmful to your family's health! Throw those plastic gloves away! It is time to start cleaning the Green way! You can create safe, eco-friendly cleaning products using essential oils and other natural and inexpensive ingredients you can find at any natural grocery store.

Learn how to clean your kitchen the natural way!

Learn how essential oils and other natural ingredients can do most of the work for you! Learn some super easy DIY recipes that make cleaning very easy! They’re made from things you probably already have in your kitchen.

Peppermint is a cleaning favorite, because of its invigorating smell and its powerful antibacterial properties. Add to vinegar and/or castile soap to disinfect your kitchen surfaces. Peppermint is also a natural pest deterrent and it also purifies air!  Mix peppermint with lemon for a refreshing smell! It also blends well with lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. You can even clean up your mouth with Peppermint! 

For an air freshener that also deters ants and spiders mix 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray along cracks and crevices or wherever ants are seen. 

There is a good reason why many stove cleaners smell of oranges. It’s a perfect degreaser! Saturate your greasy stove top with orange oil, and wipe it up easily. It leaves a pleasant citrus smell to boot.

Homemade Orange Degreaser
Just mix the following ingredients together and add them to a clean glass spray bottle:
1 1/2 cups of warm water
1 1/2 tsp. of dish liquid
20 drops of orange essential oils 

Lavender is more than just a delightful, summery scent. The essential oil of this fragrant plant has disinfectant properties, and its cleaning powers have long been known. Even before the antimicrobial properties of lavender were discovered, it was used for cleaning purposes. The word lavender itself comes from lavare, meaning “to wash.” Try cleaning with lavender by making our Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner with Lavender recipe, or simply by adding a few drops of essential oil to any cleaning products you already make, such as vinegar diluted in water for cleaning floors.

Lavender pairs well with another common natural cleaner, vinegar. Just add 4-5 drops of lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture for its natural antibacterial properties – and for a more bearable scent. Harness lavender’s soothing scent in homemade dish soap to elevate washing dishes.

Eucalyptus not only cleans and freshens the air, it disinfects surfaces. This oil has excellent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious properties. Use liberally to cleans surfaces – it has a clean smell and it is great for stinky jobs in the kitchen! 

This natural germicide is a powerful dust mite buster. Eucalyptus leaves and essential oil are great in cupboards to deter pests. 

Burnt popcorn? Fried fish? Get rid of the stink in the air by diffusing Eucalyptus! 

Prevent / Remove mold – Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a cup of hot water – use to wipe down all the surfaces in your fridge or wherever you’re prone to finding mold.

The Protective Blend is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils blends. The combination of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils is an active component in a first line of defense for immune support. It is a non-toxic and superb way to clean up surfaces in so many ways: wipe public doorknobs, clean children’s hands when traveling, clean public computer keyboards, use in classrooms for desks as well as cleaning your home!

Got Rugs in Your Kitchen?
Combine 20 drops essential oil and 3 cups baking soda. Cover, let mixture rest overnight. Sprinkle on carpets or upholstery to freshen and deodorize. Wait several hours or overnight. Vacuum

There is actually a whole line of products developed around the Protective Blend – THAT is how powerful this blend is! 

Does your garbage disposal need a little refreshing? With everything that goes into the disposal, odds are that odors could be accumulating in there. Try this simple DIY recipe to make your own garbage disposal refreshers to help freshen, clean, and deodorize your garbage disposal.

What You Need:
2 cups baking soda
1 cup salt
1/3 cup liquid castile soap
10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
10 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil 

1. Combine baking soda and salt into glass bowl
2. Add castile soap and essential oil into mixture
3. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time while stirring with hands until it forms into the consistency of “damp sand”. It should stay together when you press it together. If you add too much water just add some more baking soda and salt until the consistency is right.
4. Grab a tablespoon measurement device and scoop packed spoonfuls onto parchment paper.
5. Once the mixture has been scooped, let dry for 24 hours or until they are hard. One batch should make about 36 garbage disposal refreshers.
6. Put into glass jar and use the next time you do dishes! Just put 1-3 refreshers into the garbage disposal and turn it on. You will immediately smell the refreshing Lemon essential oil. 

This is probably one of the grossest jobs in the kitchen – Cleaning that baked on sick mess on the bottom of the oven! Give your oven some lovin’!

Oven Cleaner - This cleaner replaces the harsh fumes of conventional oven cleaners with the fresh scent of lemon essential oil.
1/2 cup unscented liquid soap
1 1/2 cups baking soda
1/4 cup vinegar
20 drops Lemon Essential Oil 
1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients until a wet paste forms.
2. Using a brush, paint the interior surfaces of your oven, avoiding the heating elements.
3. Close oven door and wait 8 to 12 hours. Note: DO NOT turn oven on.
4. Using a damp sponge and warm water, wipe oven clean. 

Ok mamas, how many of you can relate to this? You put some soup in a pan on the stove and then head upstairs to get your little one up from their nap or change a diaper….then you start to hear the big hissing and scalding sounds coming from the kitchen. Oops….I forgot about that soup on the stove…and it is boiling over…all….over…the stove!  You go to assess the damage and see the goopiest, gunkiest concoction that you could have burned on the stove stop….because it was tomato soup!  Here is your solution!

Stove Top Cleaner
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup table salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
5 drops Purification Blend 
Mix together in a glass bowl until they form a paste. Spread it all over the stove top and burners. Leave it on for 15 minutes or longer for hard-to-remove stains. Using a sponge, scrub the mixture into the grime. Remove excess cleaner and wipe surface clean. 

Deodorizing Garbage Pail Pods
Sure, we know that a trash can isn't going to end up smelling like a field of lilac trees, but is it too much to ask that it not smell up our entire house? Trash can odors have a way of drifting throughout the entire house. It may take a little while of following the smell to locate the source.  But usually, it is the trash that is causing the entire house to smell a little icky. So how do we have a convenient place to throw out trash and still keep trash can odors at bay?

These biodegradable pods can be placed at the bottom of the garbage pail or taped to the underside of the lid to fight odors and keep things fresh. These also could be used in diaper pails or litter boxes!
2 cups baking soda 
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
10 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil 
1 cup distilled water 
1. In a mixing bowl, combine baking soda and essential oils. Mix until completely blended.
2. Gradually add the water while mixing, just until the mixture forms stable, moist clumps.
3. Portion and press the mixture into silicone baking mold or flexible ice cube tray.
4. Allow dry 24 to 48 hours.
5. Pop the pods out of the mold and store in an airtight container.
7. To use: Tape 1 pod onto underside of trash pail lid. Replace each time you take out trash.

Kitchen: All-Purpose Cleaner (great for counters)
I use the Protective Blend on mine. I love that I can clean the whole house with it, the scent is wonderful! No toxic fumes or residue! 
Add ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ¾  cups distilled water, 1 teaspoon borax and 30 drops essential oil (see suggestions below) to a glass spray bottle. Shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean. 
Recommended Essential Oils: 
15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
30 drops Protective Blend
15 drops each of Grapefruit and Protective Blend
*Note: Although it is natural, borax is toxic when ingested, and can cause skin irritation. Keep away from children, pets, and food preparation areas. If you are concerned about using borax in this all-purpose spray, you can omit it. 

Dishwasher Detergent Pods
Feel good about making a batch of these additive-free dishwashing pods that feature the purifying aroma of lemon essential oil and vinegar as a rinse aid.
2 cups washing soda (sodium carbonate) 
2 cups Borax (sodium borate) 
1/2 cup kosher salt 
1/2 cup white vinegar 
20 drops Wild Orange Essential Oils
20 drops Lemon Essential Oil 
1. In a bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients until a paste forms.
2. Portion and press the mixture into silicone baking mold or flexible ice cube tray.
4. Allow to dry 24 to 48 hours.
5. Pop the pods out of the mold and store in an airtight container.
6. Use one pod per dishwasher cycle. To provide a more spot-free rinse, place 2 to 3 tablespoons of white vinegar in a small upturned dish on the top rack at the beginning of your dishwashing cycle.

Dishwasher powder
You probably use dishwasher detergent all the time, but did you know you can make your own homemade dishwasher detergent for a fraction of the cost? It’s actually fairly easy too and, as a bonus, homemade dishwasher detergents are more eco-friendly than most commercial brands. Here is just recipe: 
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
3 Tbsp salt
10 drops essential oil
Mix all ingredients well, store in glass container. Use 2 TBSP per load

Homemade powdered dish detergent can be tricky and depending on how hard/soft your water is and the temperature you wash at, it may be really difficult to find a recipe that works. If this one doesn’t work for you, search online for other ideas! There are MANY out there! 

Where to buy Washing Soda 

Refrigerator & Microwave Cleaner
Can you say fingerprints everywhere? Use this easy peasy DIY cleaner! 

1 cup white vinegar
2 cups hot water
15 drops of Lemon essential oil
Add ingredients to a glass spray bottle. Spray mixture inside fridge or microwave, then scrub and wipe using damp cloth. 

Dishwasher Rinse Aid
Why make your own rinse aid?
1. It costs a whole lot less than the stuff in the stores.
2. It’s completely free of all the toxic chemicals.
3. It can be really fun to make something yourself and feel like you’ve “beaten the system”.
4. Save more money by not having to make a trip to the store when you run out.
5. It’s a fun thing to do with your kids! Well, this really doesn’t take much work, but you can still involve the kiddos.

1 gallon white vinegar
15-30 drops lemon
Mix in glass container.
Add to dishwasher's rinse aide compartment.

Soft Scrub
There is one spot in many kitchens around the country that always gets stained: the kitchen sink! It could be from herbal teas, coffees, wine, pasta. Skip the bleach or other toxic, chemical soft scrubs! 

Here is a DIY Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner!
¾ cup baking soda
¼ cup liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon distilled water
8 drops Lemon essential oil
5 drops Lime essential oil. 
Mix in a bowl, combine baking soda and Castile soap with a wire whisk. Stir in water. Add essential oils and whisk until smooth. Consistency should be a soft paste. Store in an air tight container out of the sun. 

Window Cleaner
There are so many different window cleaner recipes out there. I couldn’t try them ALL! BUT, I did find someone to put a few different methods to the test! Here is Crunchy Betty’s Alvin Corn Glass Cleaner recipe – I just added essential oil to the mix! (Alvin Corn Glass Cleaner, of course, stands for alcohol, vinegar, and cornstarch.) LOL

½ cup white vinegar
½ cup rubbing alcohol
1Tbsp cornstarch
10 drops lemon essential oil (or Lemongrass) 
Add to a glass spray bottle. Shake and spray on windows, mirror, or glass. Wipe clean with a lint-free cloth. 
For her full test, visit this site 

Wooden cutting boards 
Wooden cutting boards are great, except they can be a hothouse for bacteria (especially if grooves have been cut into the board with use). Disinfect it regularly with vinegar and Lemon essential oil to keep it (and your food) clean. 

Air Freshener
Commercial air fresheners can bring many unwanted toxins and chemicals into your home. There are, however, completely safe and natural alternatives for keeping your air fresh. We came up with a quick and simple tutorial to make your own air freshener that has only two ingredients—baking soda and essential oils! Read on to get started, and your home will be smelling fresh in no time. 

What You Need: 
1 small Mason jar with a lid and band 
1/4 cup baking soda
5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil 
Small screwdriver or nail 

1. Put 1/4 cup baking soda into a small jar. Add 5-6 drops of your favorite dōTERRA essential oil or blend.
Recommended Essential Oils: Grounding Blend, Cassia, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Protective Blend, Cleansing Blend, or Wild Orange.
2. Put piece of fabric on jar and seal with band.
Editor’s Tip: Add some style by drawing a design onto a piece of paper and then securing the design on top of the lid with a strong tape around the edges and poking holes along the pattern.
3. You’re done! Just place the jar in an area you would like to keep smelling fresh. This could include: the bathroom, near a garbage can, in your closet, near your dirty clothes, etc. Shake the jar often to activate the fresh scent. If the scent starts to fade, simply add 2-3 more drops of essential oil into the jar.

Let's face it: Even with the deals on foaming soap at Bath and Body Works, they can get spendy. And, have you ever wondered exactly what is in those bottles of soap anyway?

Here is a way to make your own natural foaming soap – and it is EASY!  You probably already have all the ingredients, too!

You can use any empty foaming hand soap bottle you have laying around the house or you can purchase a new one.  Mix and match your favorite essential oils to create your own custom soap. The options are endless! Check out this blog on how to make your own Foaming Hand Soap!

Kitchen Cleansing Wipes
Cleansing wipes are extremely convenient and are great to have on hand when wiping down surfaces. Making your own wipes is easy, fun, effective, and affordable. You probably already have everything you need in your home, so get going! 

What you need: 
1 roll premium paper towels 
2 cups warm water 
2 tablespoons Fractionated coconut oil 
3 drops Protective Blend 
3 drops Lemon essential oil 
1-2 tablespoons Protective Blend Foaming Hand Wash 
An airtight storage container 

1. Cut paper towel in half width-wise with a serrated or electric knife. Use half the roll now, and half later.
2. Combine water, Fractionated Coconut Oil, essential oils, and Protective Blend Foaming Hand Wash in a small bowl.
3. Pour the mixture over the paper towels and then cover with the airtight lid letting the mixture absorb for 10 minutes.
4. Turn the container over and let sit for another 10 minutes.
5. Remove and discard the cardboard middle. Just pull the wipes from the center when you are ready to use.

Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate
Easiest of all the DIYs we talked about! This magic in a bottle! Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate is designed to be the ideal natural cleaner.   This powerful essential oil blend (Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary ) is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment.  The multi-purpose capabilities of Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.

Another easy way to make a spray bottle is to use the Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate in water. Great for household cleaning and cleaning baby toys and such. 

Cleaning Packages 
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