Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so it’s especially important to clean it hygienically. With these simple cleaning tips and tricks, you will clean your kitchen in an eco-friendly way without the need for harmful chemicals.
#1: Don’t use chlorine.
When purchasing cleaners or detergents in the supermarket, bear in mind that most cleaning supplies often contain ammonia and bleach, which should be avoided on health grounds. Even though they’re good at keeping your kitchen disinfected and clean, they can damage your health, for example through inhaling chlorine gas. In addition to the impact on your body, these cleaners also pollute the environment. Once they get washed down the drain they enter the water supply and can end up in rivers, lakes and oceans, harming wildlife.
#2: Use traditional cleaning products.
Instead of using harsh chemicals, use ingredients you already have in your kitchen to make homemade cleaning supplies. These basic eco-friendly ingredients will clean and scrub your kitchen just as well as, if not better than, cleaning products from the supermarket: use Baking soda, distilled white vinegar or lemons for removing fat residues. Aromatic plant oils, such as eucalyptus, lavender or olive oil are perfect for cleaning more delicate surfaces such as stones or wood. Plant-based liquid soaps are a perfect alternative for any all-purpose cleaner when it comes to scrubbing the floor.
#3: Ditch dishwashing by hand.
You think using a dishwasher harms the environment because of energy and water consumption? Well, actually it is the other way around: a dishwasher uses around 40 litres* of water while you need around 73 litres of water when washing by hand. That’s a saving of up to 33.5 litres of water per rinse cycle when compared to washing your dishes in the sink. The same applies to energy consumption: doing dishes by hand requires an average of 2.60 kWh energy per load while your dishwasher only consumes 0.67 kWh** per cycle and saves you 1.93 kWh. That not only saves you money but is also good for the environment.
*Based on a 6.5 l consumption. Values can differ between models and brands.
**using Eco mode 50°. Values can differ between models and brands.
#4: DIY alternative detergent.
Have you ever wondered about making your own detergent? It’s quite easy, saves you money and it is probably the best solution for the environment. To make an eco-friendly, all-purpose cleaning scrub just combine baking soda with plant-based liquid soap to make a paste. Spread some of the paste on half of a lemon and scrub your kitchen surfaces or wooden kitchen utensils. To make an eco-friendly floor disinfectant, combine 1/8 cup plant-based liquid soap, 1/8 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 gallon of water and 10 drops of an aromatic plant oil and wash your floor in the usual way.
#5: Use Bosch cleaning products.
Use e-cloths to clean your hobs effectively with just water and no chemicals,. They can be washed and re-used up to 300 times and are ideal for allergy sufferers. The best thing: our cleaning products are tested and approved by Bosch to make your daily life a little bit easier.
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