Household Cleaning Solutions (Kitchen Edition)
Multi-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner
Vinegar, diluted with equal parts water, can be used to clean anything in the kitchen. Essential oils can be added for scent (and to discourage ants, etc.). Citrus vinegar and/or citrus enzyme cleaner are also great alternatives.
One-fourth cup of liquid castile soap, diluted with four cups of water, is another multi-purpose kitchen cleaning solution. A few drops of essential oil can be added, especially if the soap is unscented.
Spray your preferred solution directly onto the dirty surface and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Multi-Purpose Kitchen Scrub
Mix baking soda with liquid castile soap to form a paste, and blend in a few drops of essential oil (preferably with antiseptic properties).
Apply the paste to a sponge and use it to scrub dirty surfaces that need a little extra cleaning power.
Fruit & Vegetable Washes
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
Mix the above ingredients carefully, to reduce the fizzing action when the vinegar and baking soda are combined. Funnel the mixture into a spray bottle, spritz it generously onto fresh produce and let it set for 5 minutes before rinsing the produce.
All fruit and vegetables should be washed before they are cut, even if you peel them or cut away the rind, because the knife can drag bacteria from the outside through the inside when they are cut.