Germs, mildew, mold, pests and odors are common occurrences in kitchens. I know we’ve experienced our fair share from pesky fruit flies to funky smelling leftovers in the fridge. While I try to combat the problem by eating fruits before they go bad and doing a weekly fridge clean up, problems can still persist.
Thanks to healthy living expert, Lisa Beres, I’ve got some great tips for keeping your kitchen and home a safe and pleasant to be in.
Problem Area: Kitchen refrigerator
Solution: Forgotten leftovers can cause a foul odor in your fridge. Clean the fridge drawers and shelves by adding a few drops of natural dish soap to a bowl of baking soda and stir until it creates a thick paste. This will remove odors as well as stains left behind from food. Also store an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to help eliminate odors before they start, and replace it with a fresh box at least every three months.
Make It Work: This is a great tip and one that I need to put to use more often. While we do keep a box of baking soda in the fridge, I think I need to go a step further and create the baking soda paste for clean up.
Problem Area: Pests and repellents
Solution: Pesky ants and other insects can make their way into your kitchen pantry when they’re on a mission to find food, but dousing them and your kitchen’s surfaces in toxic repellent isn’t a healthy solution for the home or the family. Instead, set a line of coffee grinds, lemon juice, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around doors and windows to create an effective barrier they won’t cross.
Make It Work: Since we do not like to use toxic bug killers, summer ants are often an issue around our back door which leads into the kitchen. I love that you can use safe, household products to deter these pests. Now keep the kids from playing in something like coffee grinds presents a challenge for us.
Solution: Prevent unappealing cooking odors, such as fish, from spreading and lingering throughout the entire home by upgrading to the Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter. It traps odors and gases from the air passing through the filter and helps keep the home fresh for families and house guests. Synthetic air fresheners, candles and incense only provide temporary relief from odors by masking them in one particular room but will do nothing
to remove the odors from the entire home.
Make It Work: Ugh, my son loves to cook microwavable pizzas that quite honestly can stink up the kitchen for hours. Even worse, when we cook saurkrout the smell seems to linger for days. My husband recently replaced our dirty air filter with the Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter to see how well it would help. I was surprised at how well it helps eliminate odors from the kitchen. Aside from general odors it’s also helpful for my allergy suffering husband because it captures large airborne allergens such as household dust, pollen, mold spores and dust mite debris.
Source: Damp towels
Solution: Wet towels from a shower, a trip to the gym or a day at the pool can be a breeding ground for mildew to develop if they sit too long without drying. To rid towels of the mildew smell, first wash them once in hot water with a cup or two of white vinegar. Then wash them again with a natural or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Finally, dry the towels in the dryer on high heat. To avoid mildew and associated smells in the future,hang towels up right away to ensure they dry thoroughly.
Make It Work: We have been spending a lot of time in the pool which means there are damp towels scattered all over the house. We can’t seem to get them all washed and dried fast enough. While I try to leave them outside to air dry, the vinegar pre-wash tip is a great one that I’ll be implementing more this week.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.