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.
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.
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.
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.
The kitchen is often the heart of the home and quickly becomes a catch-all area for jackets, papers, and toys. Before you dive into your deep clean, clear out everything that doesn’t belong there. We suggest putting misplaced items into a catch-all basket and finding a home for them later.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Replace your frozen foods.
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.
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…
After drying the racks, return them back to your oven.
Cleaning can be fun, and we particularly enjoy restoring the gleam to 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!
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.
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.
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.
Depending on what substance your countertop is made from, there are different techniques to keep them from looking their best.
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.
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.
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...
To leave your dishes spotless and squeaky clean every time, try running your next load with Puracy Natural Dishwasher Detergent Packs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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