7 Easy Solutions to Kitchen Cleaning That (Hooray) Aren't Toxic

Chemicals + the kitchen = gross. No one wants that around their food and drink. (Not to mention their family and friends.)

Luckily, we have some simple, toxic-free solutions to get your kitchen sparkling clean, minus the yuck factor.

1. Cleaning the Disposal

DIY Disposal Cleaners
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Wipe out buildup and leave your disposal with a citrus scent using these homemade pods. Key Ingredients: Baking soda, lemons, vinegar, salt, and lemon essential oil.

2. Cleaning Counters

Lemongrass and lime all-purpose homemade cleaner.
credit: Ana Stanciu

The natural ingredients in this all-purpose spray not only cleans, but disinfects, too. Key ingredients: Vinegar, limes, lemongrass, and water.

3. Cleaning the Dishwasher

How to Clean a Dishwasher
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To prevent a buildup of gunk and germs, scrub your dishwasher once a month. Key ingredients: White vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap.

4. Cleaning the Toaster

Toaster on counter near fruit bowl
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Clean and de-crumb your toaster regularly — all it takes is a minute or two. (Just be sure to unplug it before you begin!) Key ingredients: Damp cloth or a toothbrush.

5. Cleaning Sponges

Cleaning a kitchen sponge with vinegar.
credit: Ana Stanciu

For a spick-and-span kitchen, start with the sponge. Go for the vinegar method in Option 1 or try the microwave idea in Option 2 (click through for the full tutorial). Key ingredients: Distilled white vinegar and water.

6. Cleaning the Refrigerator

Cleaning the inside of a refrigerator
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Keeping your fridge clean helps it run more efficiently, which in turn helps food last longer. Key ingredients: White vinegar and dish soap.

7. Cleaning Cutting Boards

Cleaning a wood cutting board with lemon
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A little TLC goes a long way when it comes to your cutting boards. Key ingredients: Soap flakes, salt, lemon, baking soda, lemon essential oil, white vinegar, and mineral oil.

Bonus: Keep Bugs Out

Homemade spray to keep bugs out of the kitchen
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Fruit flies and pantry months in the kitchen? Totally unappetizing. We offer a slew of solutions to try to keep pesky bugs away from your food. Key ingredients: Apple cider vinegar, essential oils, white vinegar, and more.


Laurie Gunning Grossman

Laurie Gunning Grossman

Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.