By Sara Novak, Planet Green
Conventional cleaner companies would love for you to believe that bleach, ammonia, and a host of other poison chemical cleaning agents are necessary to keep your kitchen free of food borne illnesses. In fact, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only are these cleaners dangerous, they also impact your health overtime, leading to diseases down the line. What’s more, many conventional cleaners aren’t meant to be put down the drain, so they can pollute our ground water, lakes, and streams.
Related: What Not to Put Down Your Drain
But no need to worry, you can have a clean kitchen without having to endanger your family and the planet with harsh chemical treatments if you follow this guide.
1. Separate Kitchen Rags
You don’t have to go through tons and tons of paper towels to have a clean kitchen, and sponges are known for spreading bacteria. Instead, buy durable, organic cotton kitchen towels. Have a separate dirty laundry for them and throw them in each time you wipe down the counters. Once you have a full load, run them through the wash. This way they don’t get mixed in with your regular wash.
2. Buy a Biodegradable Antibacterial Counter Cleaner or Make Your Own
You can choose to buy a biodegradable counter top cleaner. I’m a big fan of Seventh Generation’s Thyme Cleaner. Thyme is a strong, natural disinfectant. I’ve been pleased with it every time. You could also make your own all-purpose cleaner. Here’s a good recipe:
All-Purpose Cleaner from Earth Easy: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep.