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Quick Clean : Lemon Disposal Cleaner

Quick Clean - Lemon Disposal Cleaner via Clean Mama

If you have a garbage disposal or kitchen drain you know it can get a little stinky from time to time.  I have a simple, 2 ingredient DIY solution that you can probably whip up today.  If you want to add this to your routine, use this weekly.

Lemon Disposal Cleaner


  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh or in a jar)

Mix the baking soda and lemon juice together to make a pasty liquid.

Lemon Disposal Cleaner via Clean Mama

The liquid will start fizzing – quickly pour down the disposal.

Lemon Disposal Cleaner in drain via Clean Mama

Let it sit for at least 5 minutes.  Run cold water and turn on the disposal and run for up to a minute.  If you’re following along with the Spring Clean in 30 Challenge, this is today’s task – hooray!

Lemon and Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

Curious how I clean my sink?  Check out this post for my Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub – it’s probably my favorite DIY cleaning recipe!

If you like this DIY recipe, you’ll LOVE my book, The Organically Clean Home!

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7 Quick Kitchen Cleaning Tips

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Quick cleaning is essential in the summer; if you’re entertaining or just trying to get out the door and to the pool, having a plan and cleaning supplies that clean more efficiently is important.

Keep supplies handy and at the ready in the kitchen – stash your favorite all-purpose cleaner, baking soda for scrubbing, dish soap, sponges, dish cloths, and dishwands in a caddy or bucket will make it even easier to keep your kitchen clean this summer.

Materials Needed:

Clean counters and a clean sink make the whole kitchen look clean and it helps to give it that just cleaned feeling.  To get this done more quickly, I’m loving the new Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots tools.  With two versions – non-scratch and heavy duty, I can use the non-scratch on counters and the heavy duty sponge on tough-to-clean dishes.  I love that the Dots rinse clean so I don’t have any food stuck in my sponge.

Wipe down counters with a sponge.  Simply make a mixture of warm soapy water (a drop or two your favorite dish soap will be great here) in a small bowl.  Dip your sponge in the solution, wring thoroughly and wipe quickly.  Follow with a Scrub Dots Dish Cloth to dry and buff to a shine.

Use a dishwand for cleaning dishes – the soap is loaded in the handle which it makes it so easy to give your pots, pans, and dishes a quick scrub. Simply scrub, rinse, and dry by hand or air dry.

I keep a dishwand under the kitchen sink just for scrubbing the sink.  Wet the sink, scrub away – you can sprinkle a little baking soda on the surface and scrub with the dishwand if needed.  The pre-loaded soap makes this little task so simple.  Rinse thoroughly and dry.

Keep your silverware in a bowl or colander to quickly load them into the dishwasher or hand wash in one quick step.  This little tip also keeps the knives out of the garbage disposal.  I use a dish if the silverware or knives need a little presoaking and if they need to be washed I use a colander.

When your refrigerator is empty or before you head to the grocery store, quickly wipe the shelves.  If you’re doing this weekly you’ll find that the refrigerator is staying clean longer and it’s nice to load those groceries on clean shelves and into clean drawers.

Be ready for messes – keep a sponge or cloth near your stovetop while you’re cooking.  While you’re waiting for water to boil or chicken to sear, wipe up little drips and spills while you’re at the stove.  Once all the cooking is done, do a quick swipe with your cloth or sponge.

Wiping up these little messes and cleaning as you go, will ultimately save you time in deep cleaning and bonus, your kitchen will be clean most of the time!

Quick Tip : Disinfect with Hydrogen Peroxide

Disinfect Safely with Hydrogen Peroxide - Clean Mama

If you’ve been reading here for any length of time, you know that I love making my own cleaners and coming up with natural ways to clean just about everything.  It occurred to me that I haven’t shared on the blog one of my favorite ways to disinfect the gross stuff around the house (I have some hydrogen peroxide tips in my book, The Organically Clean Home).

Use a Sprayer and the Hydrogen Peroxide Bottle - Clean Mama

Hydrogen Peroxide

What is it?  Its chemical compound is H2O2 – water and oxygen.  It’s a colorless and odorless liquid (it looks like water) with non-toxic whitening (bleaching) properties.  These same properties are also EXCELLENT at killing germs.  It’s typically sold at a 3-6 percent dilution.

How can it be used?  Because of its non-toxic-ness it can be used to disinfect toothbrushes, clean wounds, lighten hair, and CLEAN!

Where can it be used to clean?  Bathrooms and kitchens and laundry rooms – it’s especially good for disinfecting, mold removal, and stains on white clothing.

Are there any precautions?  Hydrogen Peroxide is unstable when it comes in contact with light so you need to keep it in the original brown bottle.  If it comes in contact with colored clothing, carpet, towels, etc. it will bleach the fibers.  It also has an acidity of 11.75 so DO NOT use it on stone (granite, marble, etc.) as it will etch the surface over time.

Where can I find it?  Target, Wal*Mart, any pharmacy and Amazon.

How can I use it?  Use straight out of the bottle if you’re pre-treating a stain (on white clothing).  Mix up with a little baking soda for a cleaning paste, scrub and rinse clean.  This works great for icky grout.  My favorite method? Simply put a sprayer on the bottle, spray on a surface that needs disinfection, let it sit and then rinse clean.  If you want to give germs the one-two punch, you can spray a surface with hydrogen peroxide and follow with white vinegar.  Let it sit and rinse clean.  This is a very potent combination and the two ingredients should NEVER be combined in a container, always keep them separate.  (Personally, I am fine with just the hydrogen peroxide and I don’t spray one after the other.)

Spray on Cutting Boards - Clean Mama

Spray on cutting boards – I only do this if I’ve cut up raw poultry or meat – and run through the dishwasher or hand wash.

Spray in Kitchen Sink to Disinfect - Clean Mama

Spray in the kitchen sink to disinfect – let it sit and rinse clean.  I always spray quite a bit in the drain part to disinfect the drain and garbage disposal area.

Spray Bathroom Sinks - Clean Mama

Use it in the bathroom to disinfect toilets and sinks.  Spray liberally, let it sit for 10 minutes or so and wipe clean.

If you’re using a cloth to wipe surfaces down after spraying with hydrogen peroxide, make sure that it’s white so you aren’t bleaching out any colored cloths.  The Clean Mama Home white bar mops work great!

white bar mop towels - cmh

How to Make Scented Vinegar

How to Make Scented Vinegar - Clean Mama

If you’re like me and don’t love the smell of white vinegar, order you’re going to love today’s post!  It’s an easy way to naturally give your white vinegar a subtle scent while cutting that sharp pickle-y smell.  Better yet, it’s simple, natural, and inexpensive!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies for Scented Vinegar - Clean Mama

  • white vinegar
  • citrus fruit – I used lemons, oranges, and limes but you can use just one or any combination you’d like
  • mason jar(s) and secure lids and spray bottles
  • fruit and vegetable peeler
  • label

The simple steps:

  1. Wash fruit and dry.
    Wash and Dry Citrus - Clean Mama
  2. Use a fruit and vegetable peeler and peel the zest from the fruit, taking care to just get that bright first layer and not the lighter colored part of the rind.
    Use a Peeler - Clean Mama
  3. Fill the jar at least half way up with the citrus peels.
  4. Using a funnel or pour carefully, fill the mason jar with white vinegar.
    Add Vinegar to Peels - Clean Mama
  5. Let ‘steep’ in a cool, dark place for one to two weeks.  This will allow the natural essential oils from the citrus peels to infuse into the vinegar.
  6. Strain off the peelings (pour through your funnel) and toss the peels or use a couple to clean your garbage disposal with a handful of ice cubes.
  7. Place in a spray bottle or sealed bottle and use as you would use regular vinegar but this time your vinegar will have a wonderful scent!
    Bottle Scented Vinegar - Clean Mama

Have some extra citrus around?  Or just want to have better smelling vinegar?  This is the perfect simple formula for vinegar that smells good and is the perfect household cleaner!

How to Make Scented Vinegar - Clean Mama

Not sure what you can clean with scented vinegar?  Check out these posts – just click on the images to go straight to the post!

Lavender & Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray via Clean Mama

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Week 2 : Spring Clean in 30

It’s officially spring cleaning season and A Bowl Full of Lemons and I are half way through our “Spring Clean in 30″ Challenge!  We are completing 30 cleaning tasks (each under 30 minutes) for the next 30 days and sharing daily on Instagram.  If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can find out what we’ve been cleaning each week by way of a weekly update on the blog.  If you have an Instagram account, follow us at @cleanmama and @abowlfulloflemons to see our daily tasks.  We would love for you to join the challenge and share and tag us, using the hash tag #springcleanin30.  Grab the FREE checklist here!  And go here to see all the tools I’ll be using this month as well.

spring clean in 30 via Clean Mama

Here’s an overview of what we spring cleaned this week:


  • Day 8:  Wipe door knobs and doors
  • Day 9:  Dust light fixtures
  • Day 10: Freshen disposals and all drains
  • Day 11: Dust ceiling fans
  • Day 12: Clean refrigerator and freezer
  • Day 13: Clean oven and microwave
  • Day 14: Clear and clean kitchen counters


Day 8: Wipe door knobs and doors – use a wipe on the door knobs and this method for cleaning doors.

Day 8 Wipe Door Knobs and Doors via Clean Mama

Day 9: Dust light fixtures – I love using this filament extendable duster for light fixtures because it easily and gently cleans light fixtures.

Day 9 Dust Light Fixtures via Clean Mama

Day 10: Freshen disposals and all drains – check out this post for the simple how-to on cleaning drains and garbage disposals.

Day 10 Freshen Disposal and Drains via Clean Mama

Day 11: Dust ceiling fans – I use the fan cleaning attachment from this kit to clean my ceiling fans.  If you don’t have a fan cleaner, you can place an old pillowcase over each blade one by one and turn on the fan or wipe it clean.

Day 11 Dust Ceiling Fans via Clean Mama

Day 12: Clean refrigerator and freezer.  This task is often overlooked, but it makes a big difference!  Clean it really well (see my favorite method here) and then stay on top of the task by wiping off your shelves before you go to the grocery store.

Day 12 Clean Refrigerator and Freezer via Clean Mama

Day 13: Clean oven and microwave – I use this method for cleaning my oven.  I love that it’s safe and natural and it really works!

Day 13 Clean Oven and Microwave via Clean Mama

Day 14: Clear and clean kitchen counters and you might want to see this post on how to keep them cleared off for good!

DAY 14 Clear and Clean Kitchen Counters via Clean Mama


Follow along on Instagram or check back here next week for another set of cleaning tasks.  Happy Spring Cleaning!

Revisit the Spring Clean In 30 Challenge here:


Easy Ways to Keep the Kitchen Clean During the Holidays

 Easy Ways to Keep the Kitchen Clean During the Holidays - Clean Mama
Love to entertain but dread the clean up?  Sick of being stuck in the kitchen while everyone is watching their favorite Christmas movies and board games?  This holiday season, use these tips to maximize the way you work in the kitchen to keep it neat and tidy.  You’ll spend less time working and more time enjoying family and friends.  Maybe you’ll even pick up a new trick or two that you can use year round!
Clean up spills right away - Clean Mama
  • Clean up messes right away.  That little spill on your stove is a lot easier to clean up right when it happens instead of waiting until the next day.

Get in the habit of wiping down the counters every night - Clean Mama

  • Wipe down the kitchen every night after dinner and put out a fresh dish towel.  Load up the dishwasher or wash the dishes.  You’ll enjoy coming into the kitchen the next morning without a pile of dishes waiting for you.
  • Empty the sink and dishwasher before guests arrive so you can put dirty dishes straight into the dishwasher during or after your parties and get-togethers.

Put Silverware and Serving Pieces in a Colander by the Sink for Washing - Clean Mama

  • Put a colander by the sink for dirty silverware – this is a quick trick to keeping silverware out of the sink and possibly down the drain or garbage disposal.  Once the colander is filled up, place it in the sink and rinse the silverware and wash or put in the dishwasher.
  • Before setting up for guests, put everything away and wipe down your island or that part of your counter you use to set out silver wear or food during the party. This will help make sure everything is ready to go for your party and is nice and clean to put anything down on.

Put Silverware in Mason Jars for Easy Access via Clean Mama

  • Gather silverware in a cup or pre-roll silverware in napkins to ensure that you have enough of everything and to keep it easy for your guests and family to locate that spoon.
  • Make a beverage bar so people can help themselves.  Hot cocoa, hot apple cider, and cold beverages can all be set up ahead of time to make grabbing a beverage easy for your guests.  Make sure to have a printed dishtowel or something close by in case someone spills!
  • Use a lint roller to give your dining chairs and/or furniture a quick once over to make sure your guests’ clothes don’t pick up any lint or pet hair.
  • Make ahead dishes that you can.  If you can purchase rolls, salads, and other items pre-made, do it!  It will save you prep and clean up time in the kitchen and chances are, no one will notice, or care.  Create a clean space to lay everything out while you’re setting up serving areas.
  • Use craft paper or chalkboard paper instead of tablecloths and let kids doodle on the paper.  No tablecloths to wash and a fun activity for the kiddos!
  • Make your own disinfecting holiday scented kitchen cleaner (safe on marble and granite) with 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol, 2 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon castile soap and 1 drop each of cinnamon, lemon and clove essential oils.  (Feel free to adjust the scents or change to suit your taste.)  Spray on hard surfaces and wipe clean with a kitchen cloth.

It feels good to stay on top of the mess during the holidays and doing just a couple things to make a get together or just normal life run a little smoother is a win in my book.  A clean kitchen always feels good to me and finding a couple ways to keep it clean during the holidays is especially helpful.  A clean kitchen makes it easy to relax and enjoy family and friends without the worry of counters to clear and dishes to wash.  A clean kitchen in the midst of the messiness of the holidays is my #cleanfeelsgood moment.  Take a couple minutes of preparation and foresight and get your kitchen ready for new holiday memories to be made.  You’ll be glad you did!  If you need some great tools to get your kitchen (and house) cleaned up in a hurry, you’ll want to check out Scotch-Brite.


This post is part of the #CleanFeelsGood Holiday Blog Hop – click on the links below to see the other bloggers’ tips for staying tidy this holiday season!  (This is a sponsored post from Scotch-Brite.  You can see my disclosure statement here.)

5 Simple Kitchen Sink Ideas That Really Work!

5 Simple Kitchen Sink Ideas that Really Work! via Clean Mama

Feel like you spend a lot of time in the kitchen?  Whether it’s cooking, eating, washing dishes, cleaning up, or helping with homework, the kitchen is the hub of the home.  Today I’m sharing 5 super simple things that I do to keep the kitchen running smoothly.  I hope today’s post gives you an idea or two of some great ways to save time, save money, or just be a little more efficient in your kitchen.

Bar Mop Towels in a Glass Container via Clean Mama

I use bar mop towels to wipe up messes and counters – my favorites are these white ones from Target.  Add it up and it’s a huge cost savings if you switch from paper towels to these.  Want to read more about this process?  Go to this post.

All-Purpose Scrub - Clean Mama

 I keep a sink scrubbing brush under the sink.  I use it nightly with  this homemade scrub and soap to wash and ‘shine’ my sink.

Organize Under the Kitchen Sink - Clean Mama

Having the area under my kitchen sink organized is essential for me to keep the kitchen clean and tidy.  I try to keep it pretty and functional with a few tools like a lazy susan and a couple repurposed containers.

Keep Silverware in a Colander for Easy Rinsing and Washing - Clean Mama

Washing a lot of dishes or rinsing dishes for the dishwasher?  Put your silverware in a colander for easy rinsing or washing.  No silverware caught in the garbage disposal or down the drain and you won’t need to fish out a knife from the bottom of your sink.

Use Containers That You Love for Sponges + Soap - Clean Mama

Keeping sponges and scrubbers accessible, but also open to the air for easy drying and less microbial growth and cute is important to me.  I use a cute little vintage container for my sponges and a Fiesta tray to hold soap and dish soap.

How about you?  What would you add to this little  list?


Sink Etiquette

Washing a lot of dishes or rinsing dishes for the dishwasher?  Try this quick tip – put your silverware in a colander for easy rinsing or washing.  No silverware caught in the garbage disposal or down the drain and you won’t need to fish out a knife from the bottom of your sink.
This would probably fall under the ‘Ultra-Organized Clean Freak’ category of homekeeping styles – I’d love it if you checked out my post on Life…Your Way.  What homekeeping style do you have?

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