If you don’t want to use Borax in your DIY kitchen cleaners, an alternative is to use baking soda. You will have to use some liquid dishwasher detergent, but Blue Dawn is one of the best you can use if you’re worried about harmful chemicals.
Baking Soda Homemade Kitchen Cleaner Recipe
- 2 cups baking soda
- ½ cup liquid dish soap homemade or low-tox
- ¼ cup rubbing alcohol or vodka
- 2 – 3 drops your favorite essential oils for fragrance, or to harness their natural disinfecting powers (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, or in a similar container.
- Stir thoroughly to combine. The mixture should resemble a paste that is easy to spread but is not runny.
- If the paste is too runny, add a few pinches more of the baking soda. If the paste is too dry, add ¼ of a teaspoon more of the rubbing alcohol or vodka.
- To use, scoop a small amount onto the kitchen area or appliance to be cleaned, and rub vigorously around with a cloth or sponge to scour.
- If any residue from the scrub remains after scouring, lightly wipe the space with a clean rag only dampened with distilled white vinegar.
Store any unused portion of the kitchen cleaner in a container with a firm fitting lid. When stored properly in a cool dry place, it should remain potent enough to use for at least several weeks.
If you choose to use essential oils, tea tree oil provides additional disinfecting power. Lemon essential oil may as well and will also provide a nice clean and fresh scent to the kitchen areas cleaned.
Did you try this recipe? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to pin it to your favorite Pinterest boards for later!
Also, you can check out our Borax-based recipe here.
Tara lives on a 56 acres farm in the Appalachian Mountains, where she faces homesteading and farming challenges every single day. her homesteading skills are unmatched, she raises chickens, goats, horses, a wide variety of vegetables, not to mention she’s an expert is all sorts of homesteading skills such as hide tanning, doll making, tree tapping and many, many more.