Keep your retail premises safe this festive season

Go green with restaurant cleaning products

The reputation of your restaurant is highly dependent on how clean it is. It is, however, a sticky situation because many of the commercial cleaning and pest control products are harmful to humans and the environment.

In general, these substances contain caustic soda, chlorine, or ammonia. And yes, they do ensure that your restaurant kitchen is spotless and free of dirt and grime, but they leave toxins behind. If these get into your food you will have a lot of sick customers. The fumes could also affect the eyes and lungs of employees who are constantly exposed to them.

It is important to adhere to health and safety requirements, but you don’t necessarily have to use toxic chemicals to stick to the rules. Also, people are becoming more conscious of the importance of being good to the earth. A green restaurant might even attract more clients these days!

We have looked through our home kitchen and discovered that these household supplies are great for cleaning and safe for people and our planet.

  • Baking soda is a fabulous deodoriser. It also has an abrasive quality. You can use it in kitchens and bathrooms to remove stains. It can also serve as an oven cleaner. When you add salt to the mix, the scrubbing power is super.
  • Lemon juice removes grease and kills mould. It also leaves no streaks. You can also combine lemon juice with vinegar for extra cleaning power.
  • Olive oil works well as wood polisher. Add lemon juice and the mix moisturises wooden tables and chairs, and leaves a fresh, clean smell. One cup of olive oil and half a cup of lemon juice is the perfect ratio.

We also have these tips to make a healthier cleaning choice:

  • Rather use glass cleaners with a vinegar base. Mainstream cleaners use ammonia, which is not healthy.
  • Citrus-based solvents are better than petroleum-based ones.
  • Replace toxic oven cleaners with baking soda, borax, soap, and elbow grease.
  • Boric acid and Osage orange are an excellent replacement for toxic insecticides.

If you still want to follow the chemical path rather look for products that contain iodine, peroxyacetic acid, fatty acid, or citric acid.

Happy (green) cleaning!

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