Do you live to eat? Or, eat to live? No matter which way you look at it food is at the center of many of life’s occasions. But cleaning the dishes, whether you put them in a dishwasher or wash them by hand, takes up a considerable amount of time. And depending on what you use to assist you in the cleaning up process, the products you choose can be both environmentally unfriendly and detrimental to your skin.
There are a lot of organic cleaning products that can give your dishes a nice sparkle and make them shiny clean. And they are both environmentally friendly cleaning products and kinder to your hands. If you choose to use a dishwasher, you can buy organic cleaning pods that come with pleasing scents like lavender or thyme. These fragrances can give your entire kitchen a fresh smell.
Because organic ingredients are better at cleaning than non-organic, you won’t have to use as much of the product when you do your dishes. The key is to look for organic dishwashing detergents that don’t have any chlorine or phosphate in them.
If you opt for hand washing your dishes (my preferred method), then using an organic soap won’t only clean your dishes without unsightly spots, but the soap is also good for your hands, too. Find one that contains aloe vera or chamomile to soothe your skin.
When looking for organic products, look for ones that contain essential oils. These are oils from natural items such as lemon or pine. Cleaning ingredients that are organic in nature will also often have the word ‘biodegradable’ on the label.
Baking soda is a natural cleaner and is often used to scrub and whiten stains. White vinegar can be used to clean through grease, to get rid of stains and even as pest control. Ants will avoid white vinegar, so if you clean around your window frames and all nooks and crannies with white vinegar, this will take care of any ant problems. A mixture of these two ingredients are great for cleaning faucets and drains in your kitchen and bathrooms, and will add a new shine to your showerhead.
Alternatively, you can make a nice cleaner yourself just by using a mix of borax and baking soda with an extract scent of your choice. This may not have the beautiful color and suds that you had when you used store-bought dishwasher detergent, but you also won’t be putting anything harmful down your drain.
Be safe and cautious with the do it yourself recipes for organic cleaners, because each of us has a different level of hardness to our water supply. Its also a good idea to wear gloves until you discern how you skin may react to the ingredients in your new cleaner.