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How to Clean the Kitchen Appliances (Without Chemicals)

Updated on September 5, 2017
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Terrie is a creative person who loves DIY on a budget and updating her farm house. She enjoys sharing creative tips, tricks, and knowledge.

Green cleaning your kitchen appliances is easy to do. You can clean the stove, oven, fridge and microwave, all with the same cleaner. Clean with the spray bottle or in a bowl. There will be no chemical smell, just fresh and clean. This method is good for you and the envornment. When all the appliances are clean, it will look like a new kitchen. The bonus from cleaning this way is how great the room will smell great. Follow the steps below and the kitchen will be clean and fresh. All you need is a little time, elbow grease and these cleaning supplies.

  • Bottle of cleaner mentioned below.
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Non-abrasive sponge or scrubby.
  • Tooth picks
  • Pail of warm to hot water.
  • Shaker of baking soda
  • Tooth brush
  • A place to soak stove rings and oven racks.

Glass and ceramic top stoves can also be cleaned with this natural cleaner.

Before and After

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Fridge, after cleaning.Fridge, before cleaning.   This is the paper place mat I use to line the fridge shelves. They can be recycled and are easy to remove when there is a spill.Clean fridge and fridge door. Another appliance done.
Fridge, after cleaning.
Fridge, after cleaning.
Fridge, before cleaning.
Fridge, before cleaning.
 This is the paper place mat I use to line the fridge shelves. They can be recycled and are easy to remove when there is a spill.
This is the paper place mat I use to line the fridge shelves. They can be recycled and are easy to remove when there is a spill.
Clean fridge and fridge door. Another appliance done.
Clean fridge and fridge door. Another appliance done.

Green Spray Cleaner

1) Spray bottle, regular size.

2) Theives cleaner, 2 capfulls

3) Vinegar, 1/3 rd of the bottle

4) Warm water, fill bottle after ingredients are all in.

5) Lemon oil, 3 drops

6) Baking soda, used seperate. Sprinkle on surface after spray cleaner, let sit 20 min.

Remove Everything and Wipe Fridge Clean

Steps to clean the fridge:

  1. Remove everything from the fridge shelves.
  2. Read each bottle and container if it's expired or growing anything and needs to be tossed out.
  3. Examine fruit and vegetables for mold or softness, add to compost if needed.
  4. Spray all shelving and wipe clean. ( with the spray cleaner)
  5. Dry each shelf with a tea towel.
  6. You can remove and clean each in the sink if you want. Clean and rinse then put back in place. Clean the bottom bins the same way, dry and put back.
  7. Before placing each item back in the fridge, wipe off with a cloth to remove any food or stuck on gunk.
  8. Use vinyl liners or paper place mats, like I have used here. They are cheap and can be found online. I like paper best, it can be recycled. The liners make spills or dips easier to clean up.
  9. Now you can add all items back in and your fridge is sparkling clean.
  10. If you have hard gummy or caked on mess then sprinkle with baking soda and allow to soak before wiping clean.

Don't Place In Hot Water

Remember to use warm water if washing in the sink.

Glass shelving will break, straight out of the fridge.

Empty the bins into the garbage before washing them.

Adjust the moisture levels when you place bins back.

Now it's time to fill them with fresh food.

Stove Top Before and After

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Fully cleaned stove top and rings back in place after the surface is completely cleaned.Yuk, what a mess.  The after picture looks better. It will need another try. It happens sometimes. Just repeat cleaning steps and scrub again, then wipe.Rings have been sprayed and sprinkled with baking soda. then let them soak.Waiting for the cleaner to work and the baking soda is working already.
Fully cleaned stove top and rings back in place after the surface is completely cleaned.
Fully cleaned stove top and rings back in place after the surface is completely cleaned.
Yuk, what a mess.
Yuk, what a mess.
The after picture looks better. It will need another try. It happens sometimes. Just repeat cleaning steps and scrub again, then wipe.
The after picture looks better. It will need another try. It happens sometimes. Just repeat cleaning steps and scrub again, then wipe.
Rings have been sprayed and sprinkled with baking soda. then let them soak.
Rings have been sprayed and sprinkled with baking soda. then let them soak.
Waiting for the cleaner to work and the baking soda is working already.
Waiting for the cleaner to work and the baking soda is working already.

Cleaning the Stove Top

Place the rings in the sink and spray with the cleaner. Sprinkle with baking soda and let sit. While they are soaking, use the same cleaner to spray clean the stove top. Then sprinkle with baking soda and allow to sit for 20 to 30 min. Scrub with a none abrasive scratch pad and wipe clean. If it's not as clean as you would like spray again and add more soda and let sit for a bit longer. About 15 more minutes. Scrub gently and wipe clean again. Clean the rings you put in the sink and place them back on the stove. The great thing about cleaning this way is there are no chemicals used. Once the stove is clean move on to the oven.

If you have a gas stove, use a toothpick to clean the holes in the burners. Sometimes they can have a bit of build up. If the holes are clogged, use an old toothbrush and clean each burner. Make sure they are completely dry before using. My burners work like new after a good cleaning. Some of the stuff you see here is baked on, from the previous owners. In the thumbnail, you will see the end result after a second cleaning of the rings.

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Oven and Door Cleaning

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Clean the door with glass cleaner and you are done. The oven takes a total of about an hour to an hour and a half to clean. Inside the oven before cleaning.Sprayed, sprinkled with baking soda and now soaking for 20 to 30 minutes.Oven after the first soak and you can see the grease and grimme has absorb into what now looks like a paste. Scrub around and let sit for another 10 minutes.Voila the oven is clean.Oven door before cleaning
Clean the door with glass cleaner and you are done. The oven takes a total of about an hour to an hour and a half to clean.
Clean the door with glass cleaner and you are done. The oven takes a total of about an hour to an hour and a half to clean.
Inside the oven before cleaning.
Inside the oven before cleaning.
Sprayed, sprinkled with baking soda and now soaking for 20 to 30 minutes.
Sprayed, sprinkled with baking soda and now soaking for 20 to 30 minutes.
Oven after the first soak and you can see the grease and grimme has absorb into what now looks like a paste. Scrub around and let sit for another 10 minutes.
Oven after the first soak and you can see the grease and grimme has absorb into what now looks like a paste. Scrub around and let sit for another 10 minutes.
Voila the oven is clean.
Voila the oven is clean.
Oven door before cleaning
Oven door before cleaning

Cleaning the Oven

Remove racks and place them in the tub to soak. Make sure you lay a towel down first. If you have a self-cleaning oven, wipe out with a clean damp cloth, lock door and turn onto clean. once the cycle is done, allow the oven to cool. The tub needs to be protected from scratches or damage from cleaning the racks. If you have time let them soak overnight. Clean and rinse in the morning and put back in the oven.

Steps to clean your oven:

  1. Use a damp cloth to remove any loose bits.
  2. Spray the entire oven with the green spray cleaner.
  3. Sprinkle the entire bottom of the oven with baking soda.
  4. Let sit for at least 20-30 min.
  5. Use the scrubby and in a circular motion until you have covered the entire oven.
  6. If it's really bad, leave the cleaner sit for another 10 minutes.
  7. You will be able to see the grime that is absorbed by the cleaner, baking soda mixture.
  8. Use the cloth and bucket of water to clean and remove everything. Rinse cloth or scrubby as needed.
  9. For tough built up grime, repeat with soda and wipe till clean.
  10. The oven racks can be cleaned in the tub using the same process.
  11. Add boiling water until the oven racks are completely covered.
  12. Leave them soaking for 1-hour minimum and rinse clean.
  13. Removable shower heads work great for rinsing racks clean.
  14. Repeat if necessary, dry and place back in the oven.

Clean the Oven Door

Clean the oven door following the same steps as the oven. Then use this glass cleaning recipe to finish off the glass. Use a clean cloth or paper towel. I use a microfiber cloth for cleaning glass. The door will sparkle and shine with no lint left behind and no paper to throw away.

Glass Cleaner:

  • Spray bottle
  • Fill 1/2 way with warm water
  • Fill with vinegar
  • Add 2 drops blue dawn
  • 4 drops lemon oil or concentrated lemon juice.

Make sure you clean the edges and seal. Grim will build up here and you might not see it. Last but not least clean the front of the door and your oven is done. This glass cleaner works for inside and out.

Cleaners for Different Surfaces

Cleaner Subtitutions
Oil Substitutions
Thieves Substitutions
Hydrogen Peroxide
Thieves oil
1 cap, Blue Dawn
Rubbing Alcohol
Lemon Juice Concentrate
1 cap, Palmolive
 
Peppermint oil
1 Tbsp Salt
You can change this recipe. Use peroxide on ceramics or tile. Rubbing alcohol in the air to freshen or on pourous surfaces. Use salt to absorb grease, sprinkle on grease before you clean.

Clean and Fresh

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Dishwasher is now clean and fresh. Yeah it's shiny.This is the filter. Remove the arm then the filter and remove any food bits. Now The inside of the dishwasher is clean and ready to reload. No  more spots and grime left behind.
Dishwasher is now clean and fresh. Yeah it's shiny.
Dishwasher is now clean and fresh. Yeah it's shiny.
This is the filter. Remove the arm then the filter and remove any food bits.
This is the filter. Remove the arm then the filter and remove any food bits.
Now The inside of the dishwasher is clean and ready to reload. No  more spots and grime left behind.
Now The inside of the dishwasher is clean and ready to reload. No more spots and grime left behind.

Clean the Dishwasher

Cleaning the dishwasher is important to its maintenance. Start By removing the racks so you can access the filter/food catcher. Before cleaning, remove the food catcher and remove any food stuck in it. If your dishwasher is no longer fully cleaning the dishes, there is good chance the filter is clogged. When cleaning the dishwasher use the short wash cycle. Use a pyrex measuring cup or a dishwasher safe bowl. Add vinegar and 6 drops of lemon oil. After you put the filter and sprayer back. Sprinkle the bottom of the dishwasher with baking soda. Place measuring cup on the top shelf and run it through the wash cycle. You don't use soap when you are cleaning the dishwasher. This process will remove grime and soap residue. Use the glass cleaner to clean the front of the dishwasher and you are done.

( Most dishwashers have a food catcher in the middle bottom area under the water sprayer. It looks like a filter.) Some dishwashers have a filter that is on the bottom, but off to the side a bit. It will still look like a filter or strainer. the dishwasher is now clean and fresh again.

Microwave

All clean and ready to use.
All clean and ready to use.
Use the water, vinegar and lemon oil mix to clean the microwave.
Use the water, vinegar and lemon oil mix to clean the microwave.

Clean the Microwave

The Microwave is the quickest appliance to clean. Start with a damp warm cloth. Place a bowl of vinegar with lemon oil or lemon juice in the bowl. Place it in the microwave and run for 2 minutes. Let sit to cool a bit, approx 1 minute. Remove the bowl and tray. Use a warm cloth and wipe out the inside, rinse the cloth as needed. The moisture you created makes it easy to clean. Wash the tray, dry it and place it back inside. Clean the outside of the microwave with the green glass cleaner and you are done. This whole cleaning job takes less than 10 minutes. If you use it a lot then wipe it out regularly and the gunk won't build up.

Cleaning With Natural Products

Cleaning the home using natural, chemical-free products is good for the whole family, including the pets. Your lungs will thank you for it. Cleaning the house used to make me feel sick. I had no idea it was the chemicals I used to clean my home. So take a deep breath and clean away. Our home sure smells good when I am done the cleaning. Cleaning this way is also antimicrobial and antibacterial. This cleaning method has been found to kill bacteria that have become immune to traditional chemical cleaners. I that my home can be clean and chemical free at the same time. Clean and fresh is always best.

What are you cleaning next?

© 2017 Terrie Lynn

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    • Terrielynn1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrie Lynn 

      11 months ago from Canada

      ops house, sorry I can't change it.

    • Terrielynn1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrie Lynn 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Hi Dora, that is so true. The hose smeels good too. have a great weekend my friend

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Very helpful article. Thanks for the detailed information on what products to use and how. Natural is really better for everyone and everything.

    • Terrielynn1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrie Lynn 

      11 months ago from Canada

      HI, Jackie. I love baking soda. I even use it to refresh he mattress when I clean the bedrooms. Everything always smells so good and clean.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      11 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I love baking soda, it is great for everything isn't it? Even brushing our teeth. It is sure something worth stocking up on.

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