Let’s face it. You’re in college and your kitchen is a mess at least 75% of the time. Whether it is you or your roommate leaving a mess, clean it up without chemicals! A dirty kitchen harbors bacteria that can be dangerous to your health. Not to worry, natural disinfectants that will clean as well, or better, than the strongest chemical are available!
Cleaning your windows or mirrors?
- Dilute white vinegar with water (1:1) and crumple up some newspaper
- Use the newspaper instead of paper towels to wipe down your glass surfaces for a streak and residue free shine.
- (Added bonus: throw it into your compost pile when you’re done!)
See here for tips to evaluate the cleaning capacity of your newspaper: http://www.grandparents.com/food-and-leisure/did-you-know/uses-for-newspaper
Just cooked some chicken or other kind of meat?
Clean those cutting boards! Ideally, you would have a plastic cutting board for meats only and a separate board for everything else. But again, you’re in college and you’re lucky to have a board to begin with. Make sure to keep it clean!
- Take a generous handful of coarse salt and sprinkle it all over your board
- Cut a lemon in half and squeeze some of the juice onto the board
- Use the lemon half to rub the salt into the board
- Rinse well and let air dry!
Have a super smelly dish sponge, but you just bought it?? Bacteria loves moisture. A dish sponge combines food particles and moisture to help them thrive, leaving you with a smelly mess.
- Place the sponge in a bowl with enough water to just cover it
- Microwave the bowl on high for 1 minute to kill all of the bacteria and get rid of the smell
Try out these activities and enjoy cooking in a squeaky clean kitchen!