Kombucha tips #25

Day 25: Cleaning the stove top

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.

Kombucha tips #25

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

How to: 

  1. Mix kombucha, water and 2 pumps of soap in a spray bottle. Shake to mix well.
  2. Remove grills and loose parts from stove. Set aside.
  3. Spray liquid generously over stove top. Let sit for 15 mins.
  4. 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.
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  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Wipe dry with cloth and replace back onto the stove.
  10. 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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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

Day 23: Cleaning the coffee machine

Day 24: Making Kombucha Tonic

Kombucha Drain Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain Cleaner

This is the 16th 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. 

I hate to do this. We all know how beneficial kombucha is and on 1 hand, I keep feeling like I’m wasting it. Like, literally pouring kombucha down the drain. But after brewing for some time, I’m very sure most of us home brewers experienced this before. We’ve transferred our kombucha, bottled/jar them, and as we go through our daily bottles, when we get to this particular bottle, the first mouthful, we cringe. We taste the sourness in our mouth and flowing down our throats and into our stomach.

That mouthful, makes us wonder whether we could finish the remaining ‘booch in that bottle. Then, this bottle of booch, is perfect for this task.

I did a small test first. 1 tbsp of baking soda, added 1 tbsp of kombucha over it. If it fizzes, its good. If it doesn’t, set it aside and leave it to sit for a couple of weeks more.

I usually set aside the yeasty bits at the bottom of my gallon brew in a small jar and leave them to sour to use for my non-edible tasks. eg, cleaning.

After a week, the KT inside usually gets clearer and the yeasty bits will settle at the bottom, allowing you to use the top for your cleaning spray mixes.

Kombucha Drain Cleaner
Kombucha Drain Cleaner

What you need: 

1 box baking soda. I used Arm & Hammers for this.

Excess kombucha that is too sour to drink.

How to use: 

1) Do the test to be sure the kombucha has the right acidity for this task. If it fizzes with baking soda, its good for this.

2) Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain hole. Scale baking soda amount according to drain size. Use 1 cup for bigger drains or drains with slight clog.

3) Drizzle 1/2 cup of super sour kombucha over the baking soda and allow it to sit and fizz. Let it sit for about 2 mins and drizzle another cup.

4) Once the liquid starts to flow smoothly, flush drain hole with warm to hot water to rinse it and declog the remain particles that might still be stuck.

5) Done!

This is great for all that excess, sourish kombucha that is almost near to undrinkable. Don’t waste them, give them a purpose! :)

Also, doing this means I never need to go to the super market to fork out dollars for a gallon of vinegar when I have a supply at home that I’m constantly brewing.


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

 

All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner.

This is the 7th 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. 

Who would have known the kombucha is such a power cleaner? I knew vinegar was good for cleaning. But I never translated that to kombucha. I brewed kombucha for a couple of years and throughout that time, I had never thought of using it to spray my shower at all. After today, I’m glad to say I’ll probably stick to using this spray bottle in my washrooms and start removing my other cleaners.

Natural cleaners bought off the shelves costs mostly $10 and above. They’re at least double the price of regular cleaners, which makes it a tough choice for frugal homes to add this to their budget. I try to step away from commercial cleaners as much as possible to avoid bleach. I can’t tolerate the smell of bleach and it makes me gag.

Soap scum is a combination of dirty soap, minerals from the water combined with dirt, body oils, sloughed off skin and bacteria. Vinegar on the other hand, is an acidic formula that helps to cut grease. Vinegar is also a natural deodorizer for your shower or your tub. Win-Win!

 

All Natural Shower Cleaner
All Natural Shower Cleaner

Ratio:

Knowing that kombucha has similar properties of vinegar, I decided to mix a 1:1 kombucha : water in a spray bottle and use it to clean my shower.

This is more concentrated than the All Purpose Cleaner that we did on Day 1.

Method:

I sprayed the mixture generously over the walls in the shower, and let it sit in while I scrubbed the floors.

After I was done with floors, I used a sponge and wiped down the walls, and a good thorough rinse.

Its so much easier to clean this way. Lesser elbow grease needed because the acidity cuts into the scum.

The best part? I didn’t need to cover my nose while spraying. Regular cleaners require you to open all your windows and doors to allow air to ventilate while cleaning.

You can also use it on the sink and other surfaces that collects soap scum.

shiny sink
shiny sink

Alternatives: 

-You can add 1 tbsp castile soap to increase cleaning power.

-Use baking soda to scrub any difficult stains. Then spray kombucha mixer over baking soda for deeper clean.

Are you using any natural cleaning solutions now? Do you make them at home or buy them commercially?

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats