My kitchen is my favorite place in the house. Although it is small (like most of my Amsterdam apartment), I love spending time there with loved ones while cooking, eating and hanging out.
This means my kitchen appliances are used often, become dirty fast and need some serious attention every so often.
Unlike cooking and hanging out in my kitchen, cleaning isn’t exactly one of my hobbies. Therefore, on my quest to swapping toxic products to more natural ones I was also aiming for easy yet effective ways to clean. Below you’ll find what I do to give my oven, microwave and dishwasher some TLC.
What is Green Cleaning?
Simply put, green cleaning means using cleaning products and practices that are safe for us, our loved ones, and our planet.
The easiest way to determine which products are safe to use is to access resources provided by consumer watchdog groups like the Environmental Working Group. I aim to only use ingredients and products that have an A or B rating.
If you haven’t yet, read my Beginners Guide to Green Cleaning, where I explain everything you need to know about green cleaning.
Green Cleaning Effectively
Using effective green cleaning tools in combination with eco-friendly and effective cleaners will ensure a squeaky clean home in no time!
Making your own cleaners can be the greenest option because you can control the ingredients. This way you can ensure they are safe and eco-friendly, while also being cost-effective and time-efficient!
But most green cleaners fail because they use the wrong ingredients for the task or the wrong combinations.
Some mixtures combine ingredients that neutralize their cleaning effect while others create chemicals reactions that make an even bigger mess or become dangerous.
To Green Clean Effectively You Need To Know:
- Which eco-friendly cleaning tools will make your life easier
- Which ingredients are safe and eco-friendly
- How to use natural cleaning ingredients
- Which ingredient combinations to NEVER mix
- Which cleaning combinations are effective for certain tasks
If you want to start off on the right foot, grab my FREE ebook: green cleaning for beginners!
Natural Cleaning Ingredients for Oven, Microwave & Dishwasher
These are my favorite natural ingredients to clean my oven, microwave & dishwasher.
Baking Soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is one of the most incredible ingredients to clean your home and even safe to eat.
Use for: Removing dirt, grease, grime, and odors.
Ingredient Caution: Unless you want to waste money, never combine baking soda and vinegar (they neutralize each other).
Sal Suds is not a soap but a concentrated all-purpose detergent that is more effective than regular soap. It’s an absolute must-have and super cost-effective!
Use for: Removing stubborn grease, dirt, and tough stains.
Ingredient Caution: You only need to use a drop or two, unless you like spending overtime cleaning suds! This ingredient is a little controversial in the natural community but it gets a top rating on EWG.
Although the smell can be pungent at first, natural white vinegar is a staple in a green and natural home’s cleaning toolkit.
Use for: Disinfecting, eliminating odors, and removing dirt, stains, mold, and mildew.
Ingredient Caution: Vinegar can’t be used on every surface (like marble and granite). It should also never be combined with baking soda, castile soap or hydrogen peroxide.
Pure essential oils are the best secret weapon in green cleaning with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, degreasing and deodorizing properties.
Use for: natural fragrance, killing microbes, cleaning surfaces, sticky spots, and more. My favorites for cleaning are lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), lemon, oregano, and clove, amongst others.
Ingredient Caution: Fragrance oils are not the same as essential oils, and are often synthetic, unsustainably made and carry all sorts of additives. In case you’re curious, I have chosen to use this brand.
Microfiber cloths make cleaning while minimizing the need for harsh chemicals! Use them dry to dust surfaces or remove streaks and grease from stainless steel.
When used wet, together with an all-purpose cleaner or bathroom cleaner, it will make disinfecting and scrubbing quick and easy. They’re also inexpensive, reusable and long-lasting if you refrain from washing them with fabric softener or chlorine bleach.
Natural Oven Cleaner DIY
This cleaner can clean your entire bathroom of odors, grime and mildew with three simple ingredients. It’s super easy too, simply mix and scrub!
In a glass or stainless steel bowl mix:
- Baking Soda (250grams)
- Distilled water (80mL)
- Sal Suds (3-5 drops)
- Lemon & Oregano essential oil (15-25 drops).
Mix to combine – it should look like a paste – then apply to the inside of your oven and let sit for 30-60 minutes (depending on how dirty your oven is). Use a sponge (or scrub for the really tough areas) and hot water to wipe. I normally only make what I use that day.
Using a sponge, apply the scrub to the interior of the oven. Let the scrub rest for at least 30 minutes, longer for a very dirty oven.
To disinfect spray the area after cleansing it with my all-purpose cleaning spray and let sit for 30 minutes before wiping down once more.
Using both lemon and oregano essential oil will help rid you of germs & deodorize while degreasing and making the chore a lot easier. I usually use 2 parts lemon and 1 part oregano.
Natural Microwave Cleaner DIY
This cleaning tactic will clean your microwave and rid it of any grease and odor quick and simple!
In a microwavable bowl add:
- White Vinegar (50mL)
- Distilled Water (200 mL)
- Lemon Essential Oil (10 drops)
Run the microwave with the bowl of ingredients for about 2-4 minutes until the water reaches the boiling point and starts steaming. The steam (carrying your ingredients) will turn into condensation on the sides of the microwave, which after removing the hot bowl, you can wipe down with a microfibre cloth. Easy peasy!
I love using citrus essential oils in my microwave cleaner to rid it of grease and leave it squeaky clean and naturally smelling great.
Natural Dishwasher Cleaner DIY
Green cleaning your dishwasher will take a simple two step process and only a few simple ingredients!
Green Clean Your Dishwasher Filter!
Ever wonder why after a dishwashing cycle your dishes aren’t fully clean? Although our dishwasher does most the work for us, it’s our job to clean out the filter at the bottom of the basin. Yeah, I wasn’t aware of this either… but your filter catches food, dirt and everything else that is cleaned off your dishes, and it can get blocked and keep dishes from getting clean!
Simply remove your filter at the bottom of the basin by lifting it out and remove any food particles off the mesh filter. I like soaking the filter in a bowl with the mixture below for about 20-30 minutes before gently scrubbing it with hot water, and returning it to it’s home. This should ensure a clean filter that is free from grease and grime and fully functions!
In a glass or stainless steel bowl mix:
- White Vinegar (enough to cover the filter)
- Sal Suds (3-5 drops)
- Citrus essential oil. I like orange and clove bud, or lemon. (10-15 drops)
Green Cleaning Your Dishwasher
During or after cleaning your filter, it is time to get rid of the germs, grease and grime all around your dishwasher!
I like using my natural all-purpose cleaning spray to really clean the nooks and crannies (like all around the places where the dishwasher closes but isn’t rinsed) and the gasket. Simply spray and scrub/wipe!
Disinfecting & Deodorizing Dishwasher Cleanse
Run a full washing cycle without any dishes and add the following ingredients.
- White Vinegar (250mL)
- Essential Oils. I like Melaleuca (a.k.a Tea Tree) combined with a citrus essential oil like Lemon. (15-30 drops)
Instead of directly adding it into the soap dispenser inside your dishwasher (where the essential oils can damage the plastic), I either directly pour my vinegar mixture into the bottom of my dishwasher, or put it into a glass cup in the upper rack.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Green Cleaning Your Kitchen Appliances
Gone are the days where you’re only choice is to use heavy duty stuff that can harm your skin and your lungs. Using a few basic natural ingredients to clean your kitchen appliances is a super easy way to start swapping toxic ingredients for more natural alternatives.
Green cleaning is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and the environment and doesn’t have to be any harder than cleaning with harmful chemicals. In fact, with safe and effective ingredients and the right green cleaning tools, you’ll be able to save not only time but also money.
Start with a few simple recipes today by grabbing my FREE ebook: green cleaning for beginners!
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