Anti-Cancer Lemony Kitchen Cleaner

Although this isn’t an anti-cancer food recipe per se, it is a healthy way to limit your exposure to cancer causing toxins.  Most of the time we don’t even know what the ingredients are in these cleaners, but many of the common ingredients are known carcinogens.  One way to protect yourself from environmental estrogens — that have been liked to breast cancer and other types of cancer– is to use homemade or “green” cleaners around the house.  The breast cancer fund has information on this here.


I had a bad experience with a great smelling multi-purpose cleaner that shall remain nameless.  After using the product to clean my house I felt terrible.  My heart was racing and I felt anxious.  I assumed that this could not be good for me, so I began researching safe cleaning alternatives.  I came up with my own recipe after trying several recipes.

Making your own cleaners is also a great way to save money.  You can make your own for a fraction of the cost you’ll spend buying cleaners.  This kitchen cleaner makes cleaning your kitchen a more pleasant experience.   You could easily make another scent with this recipe by changing the castile soap and essential oil to orange, or even peppermint.  I have a peppermint cleaner that I like to use in the bathroom (I’ll share that later if anyone is interested)   I personally I like the smell of a citrus cleaner for the kitchen!


Lemony Kitchen Cleaner Recipe

Yields:  4 3/4 cups


2 teaspoons castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s citrus castile soap)

¼ cup lemon juice or the juice from about 2 lemons

½ cup white vinegar

½ teaspoon grape seed oil

2 teaspoons borax

4 cups warm water

12 drops lemon essential oil



Combine the ingredients in a bottle or jar and shake to combine.  Place the contents in a spray bottle.   Use this cleaner for counter tops, stove, fridge, and other appliance surfaces.  Be sure to shake before using.

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10. April 2012 by admin
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