This is the 25th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here.
Hate cleaning up? You’re not alone.
I’m gonna rant a little on this post. I hate cleaning my stove. I love cooking and eating the food I prepare. But I absolutely hate cleaning up. The husband knows it. We’ll always postpone the cleaning to later, after the show, or maybe tomorrow. Dirty stove top with stains, I’m guilty of it.
By now most of you would’ve known how much I hate the smell of chemicals. Maybe I’m a little obsessive compulsive. Every time I spray these chemicals to clean my kitchen, I open all windows wide and turn the hood on to absorb as much of those chemical fumes as possible. The ammonia makes me feel suffocated. My eyes get teary sometimes. It doesn’t make sense to me that we are so afraid of contaminating the food that we use such harmful cleaners to clean the very area that we prepare our food in.
Think about it, the sprays we use to clean our stove and counter tops, how much chemicals are inside? Did you read the warning label? What happens if we ingest it? If the warning says if we ingest it in large amounts, we need to see a doctor. What happens when we ingest in the small amounts that land on our kitchen stuff as we clean up after our mess? what happens if it gets in our eyes? Or if your kids get their hands on it? Worst still, your pets consume it?
Has it ever occurred to you that these may be the reasons why we have cracked lips or stomach sensitivities due to ingesting the small amounts of these chemicals over long periods of time? Since moving into this home, I’ve tried to keep everything as chemical free as possible. I use enzyme cleaners for the kitchen. However, eco-friendly cleaners are usually more expensive and may or may not fit into the family budget. Its about time to formulate some all natural kitchen cleaner too.
In the last couple of weeks, through all these experimenting, we’ve found that kombucha vinegar works very well in cleaning many areas in the home. I wanted to put this to test on my gunky stove. That’s like THE ultimate test right? IF it can clean the stove, it can clean everything.
Here’s what you need:
- 250ml kombucha
- 250ml water
- dish soap/castile soap/black soap
- 1 spray bottle
- 2 cleaning cloths
- 1 non scratch scrub pad
- baking soda, optional
- Mix kombucha, water and 2 pumps of soap in a spray bottle. Shake to mix well.
- Remove grills and loose parts from stove. Set aside.
- Spray liquid generously over stove top. Let sit for 15 mins.
- Soak grills, knobs and any other loose parts in basin filled with warm water. Add 1 cup of kombucha vinegar, and 4 pumps of soap of choice. Let it soak while you work on the stove top.
- Use cloth to wipe off excess liquid on stove top. Use scrub pad to work on tougher stains. Spray more cleaning liquid if needed. For really tough stains, sprinkle baking soda on stain, spray kombucha cleaning mix and let it sit while you clean other parts of the stove.
- When you are done with all the stains, rinse first cloth, and wipe thoroughly with cleaned wet cloth. Take 2nd cloth and wipe entire stove top dry.
- Now, back to the sink. The soaking solution would have done most of the work by now. I usually just wash through the grills as though I’m washing the dishes. By now, the scrub pad gets whatever stuck on gunk off easily.
- Wipe dry with cloth and replace back onto the stove.
- And ta da~! No stinky-hurt-your-lungs-chemicals to breathe in. No dry skin on the hands from chemicals.
Tips: Add essential oils if you want cleaning to smell awesome!
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