As a busy mother, I am constantly in the kitchen cooking and washing dishes. Does this sound familiar?
Food is the center of many of life’s celebrations, but at the end of the celebrating, when all the guests are heading home, the clean up has to begin. Doing the dishes, whether you put them in a dishwasher or wash them by hand, takes up a lot of time. And depending on what you use to aid in the cleaning up, the product you use can be environmentally unfriendly and unsafe for your skin.
Organic cleaners can be homemade or purchased for every task you need to do. This means you don’t have to skip using organic materials to clean your dishes with, regardless of whether you choose to wash them by hand or load them in a dishwasher.
There are a lot of organic cleaners that can give your dishes sparkle and get them shiny clean. If you choose a dishwasher, you can buy organic cleaning pods that come with delightful fragrances like thyme. This scent can give your entire kitchen a fresh smell.
Because organic ingredients are better at cleaning than non-organic, you won’t use as much of the product when you do your dishes. Look for organic dishwashing detergents that don’t have any chlorine or phosphate in them.
Organic cleaners can make a greasy clean up job a lot easier by cutting through the grease. And if you get the pre-measured organic pods, this even cuts back on time spent in the kitchen, too. All you have to do is stick one into the dishwasher – no time needed to measure and no chance of accidentally overfilling the soap dish.
If you want to hand wash the dishes, then using organic soap won’t only clean your dishes without unsightly spots, but the soap is also good for your hands, too. Find one that contains aloe vera or chamomile to soothe your skin.
Instead of using dishwasher detergent that has synthetic scents and colors, use ones that have citrus extracts like lemon so that your kitchen is instantly refreshed after you cook a meal with strong odors.
You can make a nice cleaner yourself just by using a mix of borax and baking soda with an extract scent of your choice. Simply mix one tablespoon of borax, and one tablespoon of baking soda. Mix together, add to your dishwasher’s detergent compartment, and run as usual. This may not have the beautiful color and suds that you had when you used store-bought dishwasher detergent, but you also won’t be putting anything harmful down your drain.
Make sure you experiment with the do it yourself recipes for organic cleaners, because each of us has a different level of hardness to our water at home. Also, watch how your skin reacts to the ingredients.
Do you have any homemade dish washing recipes that you want to share?