Eco-friendly kitchen cleaning products
Who knew that walnut shells could be so useful? These scour pads are tough enough to handle pots and pans without scratching.
- Sponges and scouring pads made from plant material take less energy to produce
- These pads are made from walnut shells, so they are non-toxic and break down completely when you throw them out
- Run them through the dishwasher to disinfect and refresh them
- Made from 100% renewable and biodegradable resources
You may not give much thought to what kind of gloves you use, but there is a difference. If You Care latex gloves make the top of our list for the following reasons:
- Made from latex from responsibly managed rubber plantations
- Rubber harvesters get a Fair Trade premium
- The lining is 100% cotton
- No animal testing or animal ingredients
These gloves are made from 100% renewable resources. The company also goes the extra mile by making their packaging as non-toxic and recyclable as possible. Seriously good stuff.
Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most essential non-toxic cleaners you should be using in your kitchen. The stuff is simply amazing at cleaning and disinfecting everything and breaks down into oxygen and water, which is about as non-toxic as you can get. Spray it on your counter and leave it for a minute or two before wiping it off. Your counters will be disinfected without any fragrances, harmful chemicals or residue. You can use it on sinks and counter tops, or even spray it on veg or fruit before washing. You can use it on most kitchen surfaces, except wood.
Hydrogen peroxide must be kept in a bottle that lets in zero light, and it is most useful in the kitchen in a spray bottle. So to get the best use out of a bottle of HP in the kitchen, either find a spray nozzle that can be screwed directly onto the bottle of HP (the bottle it came in), or buy a spray bottle that lets in no light at all. It must be completely opaque, not just a “dark” glass, like cobalt or amber.
Now, you can go to any old store and pick up a bottle of HP, but for the kitchen we recommend food grade hydrogen peroxide because it doesn’t contain the stabilizers that are present in first aid HP. Essential Oxygen Plus makes a 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide that is safe enough to use as a veggie wash.
If you haven’t used hydrogen peroxide as a kitchen cleaner before, please give it a try. It’s so much better than all those chemical-laden disinfecting wipes or sprays, which usually are heavily scented and leave a slight residue on everything. HP also has a lightening effect, so if you have tile with light colored grout, it will brighten it right up. With that said, you will definitely want to refrain from spraying HP on anything that might fade, like patterned kitchen towels.
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