About a year ago, my inaugural issue of Kitchen Tips was on Alternative ingredients, protein sources, etc.
I won’t suggest you make these part of your alternative food selection, but I couldn’t help noting that one person’s vermin is another’s afternoon snack!
Do you keep flour in a canister on your counter top? I used to also, but found that it either “grew bugs” or went rancid before I used it all.
Solution: Keep your flour in the freezer, to avoid both of these unpleasant outcomes!
Do you use bleach in your home, to disinfect bacterial bugs from surfaces? I used to also, but learned how harmful it is to breath that and other cleaning chemicals.
Solution: Use all natural compounds like orange or lemon oil for de-greasing and thyme and clove oil for sanitizing.
Do you have a parade of ants in your kitchen? I have had also, but disliked using deadly substances on my counter tops and floors where my beloved pet lives.
Solution: Essential oil of peppermint placed at ports of entry should halt their march into your territory.
Do you use Comet or Ajax cleansers in your kitchen sink? I used to also, but again, those harsh chemicals went straight into my lungs!
Solution: Baking soda makes a great scouring agent that pulls up stains too. Use it plain or add antibacterial essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, thyme or clove, to name a few.
Please share your tried and true natural remedies for keeping bugs out of the kitchen!