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Chemicals You Should Not Use in the Kitchen

Most homeowners take special care to keep their kitchen spotless. As an area of the home where food is prepared, it's always best to keep in mind the type of chemicals you use when cleaning the kitchen. If you find that you are using harsh or potentially harmful chemicals during your kitchen cleaning regimen, it may be more beneficial in the long run to explore natural ways to get the same effect.

Kitchen Cleaning Products

We've included a few examples of what we mean below.

Dishwashing detergents - Soap meant for cleaning dishes is built to be more powerful than hand soap that's meant for the human skin. Some even carry cationic, anionic, or non-ionic solutions that can irritate the mouth, throat, and gastrointestinal tract if any residue is present in the glass after washing.

Antibacterial cleaner - Although it seems antithetical to think that using antibacterial cleaners would make your kitchen less clean, it makes sense when you think it through. Consider this: When you use any form of antibacterial soap or hand wash, the rules of evolution dictate that you're simply creating an environment for an ultra-resistant type of bacteria that won't be dispelled by your hand sanitizer.

Also, the ammonia, phenol, pine oil, and cresol found in some antibacterial cleaners have been known to cause damage to the liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lungs, skin, circulatory system, and nervous system. In fact, if you accidentally mix an ammonia-based cleaner with chlorine, you'll create a toxic mixture of chloramine gas. It might be best to just leave these products out of the kitchen entirely.

Cleaning Your Oven

More Natural Ways to Clean Your Kitchen

Instead of relying on commercial kitchen cleaners that contain harsh chemicals, homeowners can find natural, food-based ways to keep their kitchen clean. Using a few of these common kitchen ingredients, you can start for under five dollars.

  • White vinegar - Handy for cutting through grease and just about anything else, plain white vinegar can be a lifesaver for people who want to disinfect and potentially neutralize mold.
  • Baking soda - Instead of using abrasive cleaning powders that will eventually go down the drain and wind up in the ocean, you can use baking soda to get the same effect. If you need to get up a stubborn stain, making a paste of baking soda will help clear it right up.
  • Lemon juice - As a natural bleach, disinfectant, and deodorizer, lemon juice can kill bacteria, get rid of bad odors, and even offer a convenient way to clean cutting boards that won't leave your vegetables tasting like soap.
By relying on more natural ingredients like these, homeowners can take a better sense of care to not accidentally mix something toxic in with their food.

Sources -
1 - http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_Steps_to_Staying_Well/hic_Household_Chemicals_Chart_Whats_in_my_House
2 - https://experiencelife.com/article/8-hidden-toxins-whats-lurking-in-your-cleaning-products/
2 - http://www.kitchenchatters.com/tip/4-ways-to-clean-your-kitchen-without-harmful-chemicals