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Counter Cleaners

Counter Cleaners

Having clean counters in the hot weather is important, as bacteria grows quickly in the heat, along with their accompanying odors. Cleaning the counters with synthetic chemical ingredients adds new contaminants, and the goal of having a kitchen with fresh, clean air is hijacked. On the other hand, cleaning the counters with nontoxic ingredients insures clean counters and indoor air quality.

Why not have a kitchen with the freshest, cleanest, air? Try these safe and effective counter cleaners:

Countertop Cleaner – Spray
1/2 tsp. washing soda
a dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until
the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with
a sponge or rag.

Countertop Cleaner – Soft Scrub
Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add
enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the
mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe
for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.

Vinegar Deodorizer.
Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen
near your cutting board, and in your bathroom, and use them for cleaning. I
often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and
don’t even rinse, but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within
a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray
it on and wipe off.

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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7:45AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:43AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

thank you!!

10:23AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Thank you

10:39PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Thanks for the info.

4:36AM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Ironic I always whashed the cutting board with vinegar Thanks for the tips.

12:33AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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