Do you ever find yourself wondering whether or not your refrigerator handles used to be white?  That happened to me this morning.  They appeared to be a lovely cream shade, and I thought to myself, “Self, weren’t these a different color a few weeks ago?”.  That, my friends, is how I know it’s time to bring out my secret weapon.  

Let’s just admit it:  no matter how much of a neat freak you are and no matter how clean you think you are in your kitchen, your counters, large appliances, and cabinets get just plain gross in a short period of time.  I think it’s all the cooking and eating that goes on in there.  

Anyway, a few months back when my mom was visiting, she showed me a great, cheap cleaner to use on my whole kitchen.  It doesn’t require any fancy-pants blending or measuring or anything, just a big ol’ bucket or your very own kitchen sink.

Kitchen Cleaner

About 1/4 – 1/2 cup Borax

About 1/4 – 1/2 cup distilled vinegar

About 1 -2 quarts of warm water

Mix the three ingredients in your bucket or sink.  


Yes, that is it.  I use a washcloth, but you could also use a sponge with this cleaner. You can literally wipe everything in your kitchen down with this cleaner; it isn’t too abrasive for kitchen surfaces.  I even use it to clean Bitsy Girl’s wooden high chair.

This cleaner makes sense to me when I break it down:  vinegar disinfects and dissolves most food goo, and Borax, well that’s just plain awesome.  It even says on the box that it has 20 mule team power.  Who can beat that?