Solve kitchen cleaning crises with these 2 natural products

February 24th 2014

By Ashli Reitz, Graphic Design Director

Solve kitchen crises in your apartment the natural way with vinegar and baking soda!
Vinegar and baking soda are cleaning magic in the kitchen.

I don't know about you, but I don't like using cleaning products with crazy chemicals I can't pronounce in my kitchen. Here are some of my natural cleaning tricks using vinegar and baking soda – they'll make your kitchen spick-and-span.

  • Fresh disposal: Pour 1 cup baking soda into the disposal, then pour in 1 cup white vinegar. It will bubble up like crazy but won't hurt anything. Run the disposal and wash it all down with hot water. Stink be gone!
  • Easy-flowing drains: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then follow with 2 cups boiling water. Let sit for 1 minute and then flush with hot water. For tougher clogs, add 1/2 cup white vinegar after the baking soda and follow with a gallon of boiling water.
  • Pristine pots and pans: Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of pots with burnt-on food. Cover with about an inch of hot water and soak overnight. Scrub to clean.
  • Squeaky-clean microwave: If mild soap and a soft sponge haven't worked, try this cool method:

    Combine 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar in a smooth bowl. (If you're using a glass bowl, also add a wood toothpick. This breaks the surface of the water, so if it boils the glass won't break). Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Let the bowl steam for another few minutes before opening the door. Carefully take the bowl out (it will be hot), then wipe down the inside of the microwave. Voila!
  • Crud-free oven: Don't have a self-cleaning oven? Skip the oven cleaner and reach for the baking soda.

    Remove the racks – newspaper comes in handy for this step. Put 1 cup baking soda in a bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the inside of the oven. If you have an electric stove, be careful of the heating components and don't put the paste on them.

    Let the paste sit overnight. Be patient! In the morning, wipe out the dried paste with a wet sponge. Then, spray the remaining baking soda residue with vinegar and wipe.