5 Steps to A Healthier, Non-Toxic Kitchen

Posted on February 4, 2016. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Green Cleaning, Household Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , |

by Raina Raflo, Atlanta House Cleaning Expert

Your kitchen is probably the hub of your home, and where your food is prepared (and often consumed). For this reason, having a healthy, toxic-free kitchen matters. Having a healthy kitchen is about much more than just food, however.

Family breakfast healthy kitchen

Here are a few steps to a healthier kitchen.

1. Store your food carefully.

We should all know by now by storing your food in plastic is not a good idea.  Recent studies show that items advertised as BPA-free might not be as safe as you think. Your safest best is to use glass containers instead.

2. Ditch the coated cookware.

Your non-stick pans might contain teflon and other materials that you do not want to end up in your food.  Instead, try stainless steel or cast iron cookware. For tips on removing burned on food, click here.

3. Use safer cooking utensils.

Heated plastic leaches chemicals into your food. Try healthier alternatives such as wood, stainless steel or bamboo.

4. Use green cleaning products.

For a healthier kitchen, avoid anti-bacterial products.  Use green cleaning products to clean your kitchen and your dishes, and consider the original and extremely effective non-toxic cleaner, steam!

5. Avoid canned foods.

I know canned foods are convenient. Did you know, however, that the components used to line the cans might contain BPA? Do your research and choose wisely.

 

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Natural Kitchen Cleaning Tip: 7 Ways to Clean with Salt

Posted on July 10, 2014. Filed under: Green Cleaning, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

 

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Did you know there are 14,000 uses for salt? Salt can be used for seasoning, medicinal and yes, cleaning purposes.

Salt is a non-toxic cleaning agent, which fits in nicely with the Sponge & Sparkle cleaning philosophy.

Here are 10 ways you can use salt to clean your kitchen.

  1. Refrigerator

    Use a mixture of salt and soda water to clean and deodorize your refrigerator.

  2. Sink drains

    A mixture of salt and hot water poured down the kitchen sink will not only deodorize your drains, it will deter grease buildup.

  3. Greasy Cast Iron Skillets

    Liberally sprinkle salt on greasy cast-iron skillets and use paper towels to scrub away the grease.

  4. Stained cups

    Those troublesome coffee or tea stains will be a distant memory when you mix dish soap with salt and scrub away. You can also soak the stains in a mixture of salt and vinegar.

  5. Glass Coffee Pots

    Swirl salt and ice in your glass coffee pots and rinse thoroughly. The combination will scour away the stains.

  6. Sink Faucets

    Create a 2-to-1 mixture of salt and vinegar. Use this mixture to brighten your chrome sink faucets.

  7. Oven Spills

    For this to work, quick action is key. Sprinkle salt over oven spills. Once the spill is cool, wipe away using a moistened cloth.

Would you like your home sparkling clean the non-toxic way? Give us a call at (404) 633-9652.

 

As our clients say:

My house really does sparkle after the cleaning crew has been there. They do a great job, especially in the all important kitchen. They are always careful with our “stuff”–no breakage in 15 plus years. They are totally flexible when I need to change our regular cleaning day. And they are so very nice and friendly!

 

I always love to come home after they’ve been here cleaning. They use natural products that smell good and get the job done.

 

 

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Photo Credit: Photo of Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia) by Anijdam

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How to Get Rid of the Boy Bathroom Smell

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Cleaning Bedroom, Green Cleaning, Household Tips | Tags: , , , , |

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If you have boys you know this is true – even when your bathroom is sparkling clean, the “boy bathroom smell” will linger. Mopping is not enough. You need to eliminate the odor.

Anna Mosely’s blog offers a recipe for getting rid of the boy bathroom smell, once and for all.

There are 3 reasons I like this article.

  • It’s simple. With only 3 ingredients and 3 steps, this is an easy recipe to implement.
  • It’s green.At Sponge & Sparkle, we are committed to using non-toxic cleaning products whenever possible. Vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice – that’s all this cleaning recipe requires.
  • It’s frugal.The ingredients shouldn’t cost you more than $3.

To read the article, click here. You may also want to read the comments for cleaning ideas from other home owners.

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Recipe for a Sweet Smelling, Non-Toxic Wood Cleaner

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Green Cleaning, Safe Cleansers | Tags: , , |

Picture of lady kissing lemon. What not to love about lemon? It smells good and has natural acidic properties that whisk away dirt.

This recipe for a lemony dust cloth (via care2.com) is a winner. It’s frugal, simple (only 2 ingredients) and effective. Give it a try.

If you happen to have more lemons than the cleaning recipe calls for, you can use the surplus to make lemonade or freshen up your glass of water.

A cleaning ingredient you can actually consume? You wouldn’t dare try it with a traditional cleaner, but it’s one of the benefits of green cleaning.

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If Cleaning Makes You Sick, It’s Not Just Your Imagination

Posted on October 11, 2011. Filed under: Green Cleaning, Safe Cleansers | Tags: , , |

If you clean with traditional chemicals, wearing a mask may be a good idea.Do you have a headache after a day of cleaning? It may not be because you are not fond of cleaning; the chemicals in the products you use may be making you sick.

This article by Victoria Bender, Are We Cleaning Ourselves to Death, offers some sobering facts on the toxicity of traditional household cleaners.

Did you know:

  • Federal and state government agencies only regulate outdoor air, not indoor air?
  • EPA studies show that indoor air may be 3 to 70 times more toxic than outdoor air?
  • Cleaning products that contain toxins and carcinogens do not have to  list these items on the labels because we don’t consume (eat or drink) them? Evidently, ingesting the fumes through our eyes, skin and sinuses is not considered consuming. That’s quite a loophole!

Knowing these facts makes me glad that Sponge and Sparkle uses non-toxic cleaning products.

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I always love to come home after they’ve been here cleaning. They use natural products that smell good and get the job done.

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Steam Cleaning – The original non-toxic cleaner

Posted on February 25, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

We recently purchased a steam cleaner and have been using it on many of our detail cleanings. We love it! No chemicals are needed to clean, sanitize and deodorize.

The pressure of the steam reaches in and dislodges dirt out of cracks and crevices where cleaners and other tools can’t reach. The steam cleaner is the original green, non toxic cleaner!

We have had great success with dried-on cat food on floors, dirty baseboards, bathroom and kitchen countertops. It will even kill dust mites from any surface; beds, carpet and upholstery.

Our machine comes with a myriad of tools for all types of jobs making it very versatile. The model that we have is the McCullough Heavy Duty and we got it online from Target for $120.

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