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13 Non-Toxic Kitchen Cleaners

Ditch the chemicals and try these green solutions for a spotless (and healthier) house.

Borax naturally cleans mold and bacteria

Make your own dishwasher detergent by mixing equal parts borax and baking soda (about 2 tablespoons per load). You can also kill mold and bacteria in your garbage disposal or drain by pouring three tablespoons of borax down and letting it sit for an hour, every couple weeks.

Baking soda naturally cleans odors

Do you struggle to get the smell of garlic or onion off your hands after chopping? Rub your hands vigorously with baking soda instead of soap. Other cleaners: Boost the potency of your dishwashing liquid by adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the usual amount of dish soap you use. Never brew bad coffee again by brewing a pot of water mixed with 1/4 cup of baking soda, followed by a pot of clean water, every two weeks. Keep coffee tasting fresh by scrubbing the plastic basket that holds grinds with a paste of baking soda and water. 

Hydrogen peroxide naturally kills germs

Equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water will disinfect just about anything. Keep a spray bottle of the mixture under your sink as a safer alternative to bleach. 

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest