Written by Stacey Kelleher. Reviewed by Sean Busch.
It’s the heart of every home, but as cases of Covid-19 increase around the world, there’s never been a more important time to practice good hygiene and regularly deep-clean your kitchen. It’s also important to understand that sanitizing and disinfecting products only work effectively once surfaces are cleaned of grime, gunk, and grease.
Remember that frequent care is easy care. When rooms are cleaned regularly, clean-up is a cinch. And when you use Puracy products, you’ll tackle messes with the least aggressive methods possible.
Kitchen Cleaning Supply List
Because the following cleaning supplies work on a variety of surfaces and rooms around your home, you won’t need to invest in expensive products designed for specific uses.
Keep the following natural cleaning staples in a portable cleaning basket or caddy so you can take them from room to room.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda combined with vinegar makes an effective scrub for scouring tough stains – without damaging most surfaces. (Pro Tip: Acidic cleaners can etch certain surfaces, so never use vinegar on marble, limestone, travertine, and other calcium-based stone.)
- Old Toothbrush: This underrated tool comes in handy for getting dirt out of small spaces like grout lines, sink fixtures, and other hard-to-reach spots.
- Microfiber Duster: We like this duster because of its washable microfiber pads and extendable wand for reaching high spaces.
Microfiber Cloth Mop: Microfiber mops are great because the pads are highly absorbent, gentle on all surfaces, and cut down on the waste that disposable pads create. This one comes with a bucket for added convenience.
Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner: Our plant-based multi-tasker is safe for every household surface (including glass, marble, countertops, and electronics). When paired with our microfiber towel, it leaves zero streaks or residue behind.
Puracy Natural Stain Remover: This is – hands-down – the most effective stain remover anywhere. Use it to dissolve unsightly spills on kitchen curtains, rugs, and dish towels.
- White vinegar: Vinegar is a great bleach alternative to kill bacteria (like salmonella and E.coli) on counters, refrigerator shelves and drawers, and even inside the dishwasher.
- Scrub brushes: Bamboo scrub brushes in a variety of sizes are ideal for getting baked-on food out of pots and pans.
Edgeless Microfiber Towel: One of the most versatile cleaning tools, Puracy’s microfiber towel holds 7x its weight in water and is virtually lint-free. Use it to contain and remove stains and grime from every kitchen surface.
How to Sanitize Kitchen Sponges
In many households, sponges do the bulk of the messy kitchen cleaning. Microwaving kitchen sponges, however, isn’t the easy fix that many blogs would have you believe. In fact, many experts say that there’s really no way to disinfect a kitchen sponge.
We recommend following these rules to keep your kitchen hygienic: Throwing sponges away if they smell, replacing them every week, and keeping them dry when they’re not in use (since moisture encourages bacterial growth).One more thing: Don’t use sponges to clean up food leftovers on countertops and cutting boards. If you’re not using microfiber towels, paper towels are the most hygienic option.
Declutter Your Space
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Clear Out the PantryGo through your cupboards and pantry shelves, tossing outdated food and noting what needs to be replenished. Consider donating items that you don’t want (but which haven’t expired) to a local food kitchen.
Take It From the Top (Corner)Working down from the top keeps you from soiling surfaces you’ve already cleaned, and starting at one corner and working your way across the kitchen ensures you don’t miss a spot or surface. First, remove items from overhead storage above the cabinets and wipe everything down individually. Wipe down light fixtures and ceiling fans with our plant-based multi-surface spray and a gentle microfiber cloth.
Clean the Walls
Use your vacuum attachment for cobwebs and hard-to-reach overhead dust. Look closely at your walls. Have they seen better days? Our multi-surface cleaner makes quick work of food stains, handprints, and marks from indoor traffic. To protect paint, we suggest spraying a microfiber cloth and using it to wipe dirt and grime away.
For more stubborn spots and scuffs, try a baking soda-water paste and a non-abrasive pad.
Clean Windows Like a Professional
With the right products, getting a streak-free shine on your windows, appliances, stovetops, and other surfaces is simple! First, wipe dirt and dust away, then use one spray of our multi-purpose cleaner on each 2 x 2-foot surface area.
Using a clean, folded, microfiber towel, apply medium pressure, wiping in an overlapping “Z” pattern (always avoid cleaning glass that’s in direct sunlight). As the cleaner begins to evaporate, you’ll know you’re cleaning correctly. While you’re at it, wipe down any art on the walls, blinds, and window frames.
Clean Cabinets Quickly With Puracy Versatile Surface CleanerAfter you’ve emptied cupboards and drawers, use your vacuum attachment to suck up dirt and crumbs. Wipe down the inside and outside of each cabinet with Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth. Dry completely before replacing items. This is a good time to toss any broken or worn out dishes, pots, pans, and kitchen tools.
How to Clean Your Fridge
We like tackling this task before our weekly shopping trip. This way, we can dispose of outdated food, take stock of what we need, and create a clean, organized space that’s ready for new groceries.
Start by completely emptying the fridge (keeping perishables cool with ice packs if necessary). Toss or compost spoiled food. Wipe down all containers, drawers, and shelves using our natural multi-surface cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Allow them to dry before putting food and drinks back.
Because it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or toxic ingredients, our plant-based multi-purpose spray is ideal for this job. You don’t have to worry about using it around the things you eat and drink.
Pro Tip: To avoid streaks on stainless steel appliances, use the same “Z” technique described above for cleaning glass. Remember that a little product goes a long way: Too much product takes longer to dry and will leave unsightly streaks.
How to Clean Your Freezer
Cleaning your freezer a few times a year prevents icy buildup that makes it work harder than it needs to. It also reduces unpleasant odors and tastes. You don’t want your ice cream tasting like frozen fish, right?
And though it’s a task we try to avoid (mainly because of the time defrosting takes), we’ve found an easier way that doesn’t require unplugging anything:
- Empty your freezer, storing food items in an ice-filled cooler. Place drawers and other loose parts in the sink to wash later.
- Next, put towels on the floor to catch any dripping water.
- Fill a bowl with hot water and a few drops of Puracy Natural Dish Soap. Submerge a microfiber cloth into the solution, wring it out gently, then use it to wipe down the inside of the freezer, dissolving ice and frost so you can get to stains underneath.
- In a bowl, mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Dip a microfiber cloth into the solution, then wipe down the inside of the freezer (including compartments, doors, and rubber insulation along the door). Use a toothbrush to tackle the most stubborn stains and to reach small areas. Pro Tip: Our Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner is also a great choice for cleaning the inside of your freezer.
- Wash and dry removable drawers and shelves in warm soapy water using a few drops of dish soap.
- Before replacing the drawers and shelves, completely dry the inside of the freezer with a clean microfiber cloth.
Replace your frozen foods.
Clean Your Oven – Without Caustic, Toxic Chemicals
Routine oven cleaning can prevent smoke and fires caused by caked-on foods and spills. What’s more, grease and grime also affect the flavor of your foods and can increase cooking times. The self-clean feature on your oven, however, is a surefire way to reduce the life of your oven (and can even mess up the thermometer’s calibration).
Understandably, the best way to avoid a dirty oven is to reduce splattering and dripping in the first place. Accidents happen, however, so be sure to quickly remove as much grease and buildup before they cook into your oven surface. Remember to give your cleaning products enough “dwelling time” to effectively disrupt food stains.
As a last resort, oven cleaners should be used as infrequently as possible with proper ventilation, a mask, and adequate eye protection.
Cleaning Oven Racks
For mild oven rack grime, try using Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner. Remove the racks from the oven, place them on a towel or other non-scratchable surface, then spray the affected area liberally. Let the solution sit on the stain for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, then wipe it off with a clean microfiber towel.
For heavier stains, create a paste of three parts baking soda to one part warm water. Use a spatula to apply the paste and let it sit for around 45-60 minutes. Use a sponge or toothbrush to gently wipe racks clean.
For more stubborn stains, try soaking your oven racks overnight in your bathtub using the following steps…
- Lay down an old towel to protect your tub from scratching.
- Put your oven racks on top of the towel and sprinkle them generously with baking soda.
- Pour vinegar over the racks and wait for the foaming to stop.
- Fill the tub with several inches of the hottest water possible, making certain to fully submerge your oven racks in the water.
- Leave the solution overnight. The next morning, remove the water and wipe the racks with a clean microfiber cloth or a scouring pad (if needed) to loosen and remove all stuck-on food and stains.
After drying the racks, return them back to your oven.
How to Clean Your Stovetop
Cleaning can be fun, and we particularly enjoy restoring the gleam to stovetops.
Cleaning Glass Stovetops
Using a refillable glass bottle, spray white vinegar across the surface of your stovetop. Next, sprinkle baking soda evenly across the stovetop. Together, they’ll create a bubbly substance that breaks down dirt and stuck-on food with the help of a gentle glass-safe scrubber. Wipe away remaining baking soda and gunk with a clean microfiber cloth.Finally, give the cooktop a last wipe down with a multi-surface cleaner and your glass stovetop should look as good as new!
Cleaning Metal Coils and Drip Pans on Electric Stoves
Like we cleaned the inside of the oven, heating up coils on high (for around three minutes) helps to burn off residue. Once they’ve cooled, pop out the coils, remove drip pans, and let the same baking soda-vinegar mixture (listed above) set for at least 15 minutes.
For metal coils, use a toothbrush to scrub off the paste and grime. Next, wipe them down with a wet microfiber cloth and replace them when dry.For the drip pans, gently scrub the paste away and wash the pans in a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Dry with a microfiber cloth before replacing them.
Cleaning Metal Stovetops
The best way to keep your metal stovetop looking bright and shiny is to clean up spills as they happen. That keeps food and grease from setting in and becoming tougher to remove. No worries if you missed a few spots: There’s a natural way to target baked-on residue.
After removing burner heads and grates, wipe away loose dirt and crumbs with a wet microfiber cloth. Next, to remove stuck-on food and grime, use our plant-based multi-surface cleaner. Spray the stovetop liberally with cleaner, then let it soak for a few minutes to a few hours before wiping the mess away with a clean microfiber cloth.
Cleaning Your Countertops
Start by completely clearing your counters and wiping them down with Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner. For a sparkling shine with no streaks, use one spray for every 2x2 foot surface area, then wipe the counters down with a clean microfiber cloth using medium pressure with tight, overlapping “Z” patterns. Our all-purpose spray cleans every type of countertop available, including laminate, butcher block, granite, marble, concrete, quartz, and recycled glass.Next, wipe down all small appliances, storage containers, and decorative items before putting them back. Depending on the material, some countertops require extra steps to keep them looking their best. Always care for your countertops according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
How to Care for Any Countertop
Depending on what substance your countertop is made from, there are different techniques to keep them from looking their best.
Butcher BlockWarm and rustic butcher block countertops require periodic oiling and sealing to prevent liquids from penetrating and warping the wood. After cleaning wood counters with a surface spray, be sure to dry them completely.
This natural stone is resistant to stains and scratches. Because it is porous, however, regular sealing is necessary to prevent liquids from penetrating tiny gaps that can harbor bacteria.
One of the most affordable countertop materials, laminate is durable and easy to clean. It is susceptible to scratches and heat damage, so always use a cutting board and never place hot pans directly on these surfaces.
They may add a touch of elegance to any kitchen, but marble countertops require a bit more maintenance. Spills should be cleaned up immediately and hot, cold, and wet items should never be placed directly on them. Never use acidic cleaners on marble (as they can etch the surface).
Natural soapstone is ideal for countertops because it is heat-resistant, impenetrable to bacteria, and doesn’t require sealing. Wiping soapstone counters with mineral oil a few times per month will enhance their natural patina.
The Best Way to Clean a Kitchen Sink
Even the most durable sink can get dull and grimy after a few piles of dirty dishes. It might seem straightforward, but there are simple, natural techniques to get a sparkling clean kitchen sink.
Scrub away stains using Puracy Multi-Purpose Cleaner and a soft cloth or sponge (though tougher stains may require a gentle scrub brush). Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Follow by wiping down your sink fixtures and drying them with a clean microfiber towel.This works for most materials, but (as always) follow your manufacturer’s instructions to maintain your sink.
Cleaning Your Dishwasher
You’d think that an appliance designed to clean dishes wouldn’t need much maintenance. But as food particles get trapped in the tiny parts inside your dishwasher, they begin to smell, recirculate, and block water flow. This can impact the performance of your dishwasher, leaving your dishes looking dull and dingy.
Follow these easy steps to clean and refresh your dishwasher...
- Remove the dishwasher filter. Using an old toothbrush and some dish soap, scrub to remove food and gunk. Do the same along the dishwater drain at the bottom of your machine.
- Place a cup full of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe dish on the top rack of your machine. Run one empty cycle with hot water.
- Sprinkle baking soda along the bottom of your machine and run one more empty cycle with hot water. Say goodbye to leftover food, stains, and odors – and hello to bright and sparkling dishes!
To leave your dishes spotless and squeaky clean every time, try running your next load with Puracy Natural Dishwasher Detergent Packs.
Finally, Clean Your Kitchen Floor
Before you begin, clear the space as much as possible, moving lighter items to nearby rooms. Start by sweeping or vacuuming up any loose dirt and hair.
We recommend using a microfiber mop for most floors because it’s safe and gentle for all hard surfaces, whether it’s wood, vinyl, linoleum, or tile. The absorbent, washable pads can be thrown in the washing machine, saving money while reducing unnecessary waste.
Pro Tip: Avoid using vinegar and other acidic cleaners on natural stone like marble, limestone, travertine which can cause permanent etching.
Natural Cleaner for Vinyl Floors
Combine equal parts hot water and vinegar (plus a few drops of your favorite essential oil) in a mop bucket. Soak your mop in this solution. Start in one corner and work your way back around. You don’t need to rinse this solution off, which makes this method especially quick and convenient. If your floors are extra dirty, you can always do another go-around with the vinegar solution, but we recommend doing so earlier in the morning with the windows open.
Natural Cleaner for Wood Floors
When cleaning hardwood floors, remember that different finishes use different cleaning methods, but all require a gentle touch.
For laminate, lacquered, and surface-sealed floors, avoid harsh, synthetic cleaners. Remember: A “less-is-more” approach is best for liquid solutions to dissolve and remove dirt. Oil-treated and penetrating seal-treated floors can be permanently damaged by water-based cleaners, so use premium liquid or paste wax instead.
5 Ways to Protect Wood Floors
Attach self-adhesive felt pads to the bottoms of furniture to prevent scratches.
To prevent water damage, wipe up spills quickly with a dry towel.
Rearrange furniture every year or so to reduce uneven aging.
Close curtains and blinds when you’re not in the room to minimize discoloration caused by direct sunlight.
Use mats and area rugs in high-traffic areas to reduce wear and tear.
- Consider sealing floors if the material needs to be treated more often than desired.
Puracy: Must-Have Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
When you choose natural cleaning products for your home, you don’t have to worry about your family inadvertently touching, ingesting, or breathing in harmful substances. Plus, Puracy house essentials work perfectly with non-toxic staples (like vinegar and baking soda) that you probably already have on hand.
By following our top-to-bottom cleaning plan, you’ll have a bright and shiny kitchen – without expensive cleaners or harsh chemicals.
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