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Are you still buying expensive, synthetic chemicals for countertop cleaning from your local supermarket?

Of course you want to keep your kitchen countertops clean and free of germs and bacteria. After all, they come into contact with the food you eat.

But there’s no reason to spend money on expensive cleaners that might be full of  harmful ingredients. 


All you really need in your countertop cleaning arsenal are three inexpensive, basic products.

You can add essential oils to them if you want to give them a pleasant fragrance. Or simply use them as is and save tons of money on your cleaning products.

Here are the three basic solutions that will work for countertop cleaning.

1. Vinegar

There’s probably a bottle of white vinegar sitting in your kitchen cabinet right now that would do an excellent job of countertop cleaning.

white vinegar

White vinegar has a remarkable array of properties including the ability to remove mold and mildew, cut grease, and remove mineral buildup.

Cleaning your kitchen countertops can be as simple as applying white vinegar to a microfiber cloth and using a little elbow grease. Or, put some in a spray bottle to make it even easier. 

It’s a super inexpensive, but effective, countertop cleaner.

Next time you’re at your local grocery store, pick up an extra large bottle of this convenient countertop cleaner, and keep it handy for your kitchen and bathroom clean up jobs. 

2. Borax

You can find borax in the laundry supply section of your supermarket. 

box of borax

Don’t underestimate the ability of this inexpensive product to clean, disinfect, and mop up stains. It can serve as a cheap substitute for detergents and soaps.

Add a tablespoon of borax to two and a half cups of water to create an effective countertop cleaner. Apply it to a damp cloth and use it to give your counters a quick but thorough cleaning. 

3. Baking Soda

Another super cheap product for countertop cleaning is good old baking soda.

baking soda

Simply sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub it over countertops and appliances. Be sure to rinse it off or you'll end up with a gritty residue.

Baking soda is also a great deodorizer and can be used to clean the shelves inside your refrigerator to leave them with a fresh, clean scent.

This is another handy cleaner that will keep your kitchen fresh without costing a fortune. 

Add Essential Oils

Once you have the basics to use for countertop cleaning, try adding a few drops of essential oil to add scent and additional disinfecting power.

4 bottles of essential oils

Some essential oils that have disinfectant power include tea tree oil, peppermint oil, lemon oil, lavender oil, bergamot oil, and eucalyptus oil. Small amounts of these oils added to your basic ingredients can give your cleansers a boost.

And there you have it!

Countertop cleaning doesn’t have to involve expensive, synthetic chemicals. These natural cleaning alternatives can help to keep your counters clean without leaving unhealthy chemical residues. 

Why not give them a try?

Last Updated on April 7, 2022

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