Non-Toxic Kitchen Cleaning Tips with Branch Basics
By Marilee Nelson |
I don’t know about you, but in our homes the kitchen is the most popular, most used and highest traffic area. And with this comes a lot of spills, splatters, minor high-speed blender explosions, bubble-overs, fridge chaos, and the general glorious messes that accompany good cooking.
However, just because we love cooking (and started a cleaning company!), doesn’t mean we love to spend hours cleaning up after ourselves. Which is why we’ve compiled this new list of quick tips on how to use Branch Basics in your kitchen.
For Your Fridge
- Top of fridge: HEPA vacuum and wipe down with All Purpose.
- Fridge grate: the grate along the bottom of the refrigerator can get clogged with dust, pet hair, and debris. First HEPA vacuum in place. Pull off the grate and spray front and back with All Purpose. While that sits, HEPA vacuum on the floor behind the grate. Scrub the grate with a brush. Rinse clean and replace.
- Fridge shelving, walls, and crispers: wipe clean with All Purpose. For stuck-on food, allow dwell time of 3-5 minutes and add some Oxygen Boost for a gentle abrasive.
- Exterior of fridge: for stainless steel, use All Purpose diluted with distilled water (no streaks!). If this is too concentrated, try Streak Free with a microfiber cloth. For other finishes, you can use Streak Free or All Purpose depending on how soiled the area.
- Bonus tip: line your crisper drawers once a week with fresh natural paper towels to absorb moisture and odors and prevent stains.
For Your Cabinets
- Cabinet tops and drawers: clean with a HEPA vacuum to remove dust, pet hair, etc.
- Cabinet doors: painted cabinets can typically be cleaned with All-Purpose, however since all paints are different, we recommend spraying a small area first to test. If everything looks good, spray and wipe with a microfiber or cotton cloth. For cabinets that are stained and clear sealed, dilute 2 tablespoons of Concentrate in a gallon of water or ¾ teaspoon per 2 cups water. Lightly wipe with a microfiber or cloth dampened and wrung out with solution. Follow with dry cloth.
- Cabinet interior: pull everything out and HEPA vacuum, spray down with All Purpose if needed.
- Don’t forget cutlery organizers! Which can be wiped down with All Purpose or washed like dishes, with 1 teaspoon Concentrate in a big sink of hot water.
- All Purpose or Bathroom can be used depending on how big the mess. Allow dwell time for stubborn, cooked-on spills.
- Implements, grates, gas burners, etc. can be soaked in 1 teaspoon Concentrate and hot water to loosen cooked-on food and grime.
Ovens (no, you don’t need toxic oven cleaner!)
- HEPA vacuum grates first (if possible).
- Next, preheat the oven at the lowest temperature (not over 100 degrees) for a few minutes and turn it off.
- Spray oven walls liberally with All-Purpose or Bathroom.
- For stubborn or burnt areas, mix a little Oxygen Boost with water and scrub onto the tough parts. Spray and agitate with a brush until soapy.
- Let sit a minimum of 15 minutes to overnight. Apply more Branch Basics if it has dried too much before scrubbing.
- Spray the racks with All-Purpose or Bathroom spray, let sit and then scrub with a brush or soak in warm soapy water, and scrub clean.
- Dry with a paper towel or dry rag.
- Repeat if necessary.
Cutting Board Stains (darn those beets, wild blueberries, dragonfruit, etc.!)
- Wash off your cutting board with water.
- Spray stained areas with Bathroom, let dwell 5-15 minutes, rinse.
- If the stain is still there, repeat and add a sprinkle of Oxygen Boost, let dwell up to 30 minutes. Rinse.
Non-toxic Germ Removal and Disinfecting for SurfacesThe safest way to get rid of harmful germs without leaving behind resistant bacteria is to remove them vs. killing them (read all about the difference in: How to Clean and Disinfect Surfaces).
- Spray Branch Basics directly onto the surface.
- Allow 2-5 minutes “dwell time”.
- Wipe surface clean.
To seriously disinfect without leaving behind germ-resistant bacteria:
- Follow the above instructions for germ removal.
- Next, use Distilled White Vinegar (5% acidity) and/or Hydrogen Peroxide (3% solution–brown bottle) STORED IN SEPARATE BOTTLES!
- Spray first with either the peroxide or vinegar, let dwell 5 minutes, wipe clean.
- Repeat with the second solution.
Removing Stains from Your Vitamix and Other High Speed Blenders
- Spray sides with All-Purpose.
- Add a scoop of Oxygen Boost and fill with water.
- Let it sit and soak for a few hours (you could also briefly blend before soaking).
Resurrecting Burnt Pots and Pans
- Spray the pot or pan with All-Purpose. Then sprinkle half a scoop of Oxygen Boost around the burnt bits.
- Fill the pot or pan with warm water and let it soak at least 15 minutes or overnight.
- Scrub and rinse away!
Branch Basics for Dishes
- Spray your dishes directly with either All Purpose or Foaming Wash, scrub, rinse, and dry.
- OR fill your sink with hot water and add about 10 sprays of the All-Purpose solution or 1 tsp Concentrate into the sink or mixing bowl. Scrub dishes, rinse, and dry.
- For dishwashers, water hardness plays a big role so you may have to experiment a bit. If you’re up for trying, use 1 teaspoon Concentrate with a scoop of Oxygen Boost in the detergent reservoir of the dishwasher door. You can also add ½ - 1 cup vinegar to a glass in the upper level of the dishwasher as a natural softener if you have really hard water. NOTE: Do not use more than 1 teaspoon Concentrate to limit suds!
Quick Mopping for Kitchen FloorsThis method can be used on hard floors (tile, hardwood (test first!), vinyl, etc.) when you don’t have time to do the whole mop and bucket thing.
- Sweep or HEPA vacuum any debris.
- Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups water and 3/4 teaspoon Concentrate (or you can try our All Purpose).
- Spray and mop clean. We also love microfiber spray mops!
Want More Non-toxic Kitchen Cleaning Tips?Click here to download our User Guide, and get tips from us and our awesome community by following us on Instagram @BranchBasics.
Marilee Nelson is an Environmental Toxins expert who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the chemically-sensitive and chronically-ill. She is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Bau-Biologist and Bau-Biology Inspector and specializes in Food As Medicine. She has helped thousands of families and individuals identify, heal and recover from toxic exposures and is on a mission to revolutionize the way American families view their health.