Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, wooden cabinets: the same design elements that make a kitchen beautiful can be a pain to clean! Not only do these surfaces require special treatment, but most targeted cleaning products on the market are some of the worst offenders when it comes to containing harmful chemicals. Keep your kitchen toxin-free by using these simple tips to keep surfaces looking their best.
Daily Granite Cleaning Spray
Combine in a spray bottle. Before cleaning, wipe crumbs from counters to avoid scratching. Spray surface and wipe with a microfiber cloth for maximum shine. Always avoid exposing granite surfaces to lemons, wine and vinegar.
Stainless Steel Polish
- Wet cloth
- Dry cloth (the softer, the better)
- Olive oil
Trust us, you‚Äôre going to have to try this trick to believe it! We were skeptical at first, but it turns out nothing is better than a little olive oil to reduce the appearance of scratches, smudges and streaks on brushed stainless steel without leaving residue. To clean, simply wipe off stain with a wet cloth. Put a tablespoon of olive oil on a soft, dry cloth. Use the oiled cloth to buff steel, following the grain of the finish. Voila, fingerprints disappear and your steel is left looking its very best! Store the cloth and spot clean (without adding any extra oil) as necessary every few days.
- ‚Öì cup grapeseed oil
- ¬Ω cup filtered water
- 30 drops lemon essential oil
It doesn‚Äôt get easier than this! The refreshing scent of lemon essential oil will have you looking for excuses to polish. Simply combine the oil and water, add the essential oil and give the ingredients a good shake. Use with a microfiber cloth to keep wood finishes looking like new. Do not keep this mixture in a spray bottle, as the oil will clog the spray nozzle.