Simple ways to keep it “Green” in the kitchen

I’m always trying to find greener ways to clean things, especially in the kitchen. When Little Pumpkin Doodle came along I was out of control. I had hand sanitizer everywhere and was constantly wiping things down with vinegar and water. Below are a few easy solutions to keeping things green while cleaning the kitchen.

Microwave – A necessary evil, and one of the easiest appliances to become dirty and grimy in the kitchen. Fill a bowl with water and a few slices of lemon in the center of the microwave and run the machine on high power for three minutes. Let the lemon water sit inside for three more minutes. The steam will soften food spills, and the lemon aroma will eliminate odors.

Baby’s High Chair Tray – Vinegar is non-toxic and does not harm the environment. Use distilled white vinegar and mix 1 part water with 1 part distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the entire high chair and wipe it down with a clean cloth. Do not use too much of the solution to avoid the lingering vinegar smell. If the smell of vinegar bothers you try baking soda which absorbs bacteria. Mix a paste of water and baking soda and rub it  into the surface of the high chair. Clean the baking soda residue with a damp cloth.

Cutting Board – Keep your wooden or plastic cutting board clean by occasionally scrubbing it with a paste made from 1 tablespoon each of baking soda, salt, and water. Rinse thoroughly with hot water. An alternative is to use lemons to get rid of the smell from the board and help sanitize. Just cut a lemon in half and rub it all over  the cutting board then rinse.

Baby Toys – Mix 1 part water with 1 part  distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray toys and wipe clean.

Baby Food Blender – Add warm water and fill the blender half way. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and half a lemon, as the lemon rind will scrape off foot particles while running the blender. Run the blender for 30 seconds. Unscrew the jar and the bottom component and rinse under warm water.

Sponge – If you don’t have time to run the sponge through the dishwasher. Rinse the sponge with some soap and water place it in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes which kills 99% of all living germs according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Health. If you microwave for an additional two minutes — or a total of 4 minutes it kills bacteria spores (the hardest to kill bacteria).

Before you zap your sponges in the microwave, researchers offer the following advice:

  • Microwave only sponges or plastic scrubbers that do not contain steel or other metals.
  • Make sure the sponge or scrubber is wet, not dry.
  • Two minutes should be enough to kill most disease-causing germs.
  • Be careful in removing the sponge from the microwave

I microwave our sponges every other day being a good rule of thumb.

Coffee Grinder – Fill grinder with rice just covering the blades, pulse for approx. 1 minute then remove rice and wipe the inside of the grinder with a cloth. Now you can enjoy that perfect cup of coffee when you have to get up early as a result of  your bundle of joy keeping you up all night.

What are some of your favorite green cleaning tips? Come on share:)



  1. Immacula Genece says:

    Good advice.


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