Friday, October 3, 2008

Two Essentials for Every Green Kitchen (Yes, Mom, You Were Right)

Imagine spending less on your kitchen cleaning activities by using non-toxic products.

My mother and grandmothers used white vinegar and baking soda in the same ways that Robin suggests here. Brought back memories of making meals with my mother when I picked up these classic products at my grocer.

Robin suggests getting these two enduring classics. I seldom bake anymore and balsamic is my preference in vinegar. Yet for other vital kitchen tasks, get Baking Soda (bicarbonate of soda) and plain old white vinegar. They are so inexpensive.

Advises Robin:

1. Sinks and cooker tops
Put baking soda straight unto a damp cloth or mix a paste of baking soda with a little water. Wipe it around the sink and cooker tops with a very small amount of warm water. Leave for 2-3 minutes then rinse with water.

2. Stainless steel
Dampen a cloth liberally with white vinegar and wipe away

3. Fridge walls and shelves
Mix a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and water. Scrub away.

4. Fridge odors
To get rid of smells in the fridge, place a box of opened baking soda on a shelf. Stir it once a week. After 8-12 weeks, replace it.

5. Chopping board
Spread baking soda liberally over the chopping board and then sprinkle vinegar on top. Let it bubble for a few minutes before you rinse it off with warm water. (By the way, plastic boards are easier to keep clean than wooden).

6. Vegetables and fruits
Add 2 sprinkles of baking soda to a bowl of cool water. Place the produce in the bowl one-by-one. Gently scrub and then rinse off.

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