Inexpensive and perhaps already hiding in your home.

As much as Southern folks enjoy hosting friends and family for dinner parties and festive occasions, one daunting task always follows that’s much less exciting: cleaning the kitchen. And while that chore may not ever make it on the list of fun things to do today, having the right ingredients to get the job done makes the process much easier. Most shoppers have a tendency to be overwhelmed with the excessive amount of kitchen cleaner options, and sadly the majority of them pose hidden health risks.

We’re here to tell you that there is a better way. You only need five ingredients for safe and hardworking homemade kitchen cleaner. Want to know the best part? These inexpensive materials are perhaps already hiding in your home.

Baking Soda

Baking soda combined with a splash of water creates a magical paste. It cleans, deodorizes, and makes kitchen appliances sparkle like new. Baking soda can even be sprinkled onto a moist sponge; use it to clean countertops, sinks, and water rings.

Lemons

The citrus fruit is antibacterial, antifungal, and it smells light and refreshing. Lemons are overflowing with acid, making them the ideal ingredient to kill germs and mold. Wipe the juice over tile and cutting boards to give them a natural refresh.

Bleach

Bleach is one of the hardest working ingredients in the kitchen. Mix it with water in a spray bottle at a 1-to-10 ratio and easily disinfect stainless steel surfaces and common household appliances.

Distilled White Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is an easily-overlooked cleaning superstar. Use it to wash backsplashes, dissolve dirt, and remove water stains. Worried about its potent smell? Not to fear – the stench disappears after the ingredient has dried. In the meantime, you can add lemon peel or rosemary to make the initial fragrance more pleasant.

Kosher Salt

Kosher salt is an excellent ingredient to remove garlic and onion smells from your hands after a long day of cooking.; mix it with a bit of lemon juice for a great skin exfoliant. Combined with vinegar, kosher salt helps sterilize brass surfaces in an unharmful and natural way. It can also be used on ceramic kitchenware to remove pesky stains and drizzled down the drain to dissolve unwanted grease.

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