Cleaning can feel like a chore, but nothing beats having an organized, hygienic kitchen. that being said, it’s tough to enjoy your clean home when the chemical smells of the storebought products you use tend to linger. Not only that, but you’re also often left with residues and some of the products you use could be harmful to your family or pets.

What can you do about it? Here are a few DIY cleaning solutions to help you make sure every item in your kitchen is sparkling.

All Purpose Cleaner

Did you know that you can make an all-purpose cleaner with common household ingredients? A simple mixture of ammonia, baking soda, white vinegar, and warm water can do wonders for your home. The best part? This cleaner can be used on just about any surface in your home. Cabinets, walls, countertops, and even the inside of your fridge can get a nice, gentle clean from this solution. Here’s the recipe:

  • one cup of ammonia
  • one-half cup of distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • one-fourth cup of baking soda
  • one gallon of warm water

Once you try this DIY all-purpose cleaning solution, you might never go back to using brand name cleaners. Consider that Americans spend almost $1,800 annually on new clothing. Now think about how much you’ve spent in the last year on cleaning products. Yeesh.

Glass Cleaner

You may think you’ve exhausted all uses for vinegar in your home, but you’d be wrong. In fact, vinegar can be used to clean all sorts of things when put in the right solutions. For example, equal parts of distilled vinegar and water will make a perfectly fine glass cleaner. When you need two to three glasses per guest at a cocktail party, it’s handy to have a homemade cleaning solution on hand. Say goodbye to bright blue chemicals and say hello to a pet-friendly, streak-free window cleaning product. And if you’re especially worried about your pets and your cleaning products, make sure you ask at your regularly scheduled veterinary appointments.

Cookware Cleaner

Hard grease or burnt food stuck to your cookware? It can be tempting to get a de-greasing product from the store and take care of it. But do you really want those harsh chemicals and their smells on the same surface you cook food on? Probably not. We’ve come a long way since Louis Pasteur’s discovery that heat kills bacteria, but sometimes all you need are a few natural ingredients to get a deep clean. For your dishes, use this recipe:

  • Sea salt or coarse salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda

It’s really as simple as that! This solution works well on a number of kitchen surfaces, as well. Use it on stained coffee mugs, pots and pans, silverware, and even on cutting boards.

Cleaning your kitchen is essential to maintaining a germ-free and safe space for your family and pets. Even if it looks clean, make sure you’re taking time to regularly scrub it down. Consider that even carpet that looks clean can hold up to a pound of dirt in a single square yard. Yuck. With these simple DIY cleaning recipes, you should be on your way to a safer, cleaner kitchen space in no time.