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Cleaning with Natural Products Cleaning with Natural Products

May 28, 2021 08:30AM ● By Roxanne Reichert
Let’s talk about the power of vinegar and baking soda to keep your kitchen appliances clean and sanitized the natural way. Vinegar has a high concentration of acetic acid which kills many types of mold and fungi, making it an effective natural cleaner and disinfectant. Baking soda is a mild abrasive and great for eliminating odors.

To clean the inside of your microwave: In a microwave-safe dish, add 1 cup of vinegar (distilled) and microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes. Carefully remove the dish from the microwave—it will be very hot—and wipe all inside surfaces with a damp sponge or cloth.

To freshen up your garbage disposal: Sprinkle 1/4 cup of baking soda into your garbage disposal. Then slowly pour 1/2 cup of vinegar (distilled or apple cider) into your garbage disposal. Let the soda and vinegar sit for about 5 minutes and then run the disposal with running water for about 20 seconds.

To clean the inside of your oven: Sprinkle baking soda onto the inside surfaces of your oven. Then spray the baking soda with vinegar (distilled). Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wipe clean. For heavily soiled surfaces, a second application may be needed.

To clean the inside of your dishwasher: Place a glass, dishwasher-safe dish right-side up in the top rack of your dishwasher. Add 1 cup distilled vinegar to the dish. Run the dishwasher on a regular cleaning cycle.

Roxanne Reichert is the owner of Roxy’s Natural Cleaning. She uses natural products to clean both commercial and residential properties, and is bonded and insured with over six years experience. To contact her, call 262-528-2762 or email [email protected]