Non-Toxic Kitchen Cleaning with Branch Basics
By Marilee Nelson |
In our homes, the kitchen is the most popular, most used and highest traffic area. That's why they call it the heart of the home! This comes with a lot of glorious messes that accompany good cooking. Here's a list of all the ways to clean your kitchen with Branch Basics. You can use this as a quick-tips guide, or tackle it all at once for some serious cleaning. Let's get into it.
- 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.
- 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! These can be wiped down with All Purpose or washed like dishes, with 1 teaspoon Concentrate in a big sink of hot water.
- Add ½ cup baking soda and then one cup white vinegar to the disposal. Let this sit for 15 minutes.
- During that time, spray All-Purpose on the rubber flaps along the neck of the disposal. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then scrub with a toothbrush.
- Pour hot water into the disposal while running to clean and deodorize.
- You can also routinely run lemon rinds through to keep your disposal smelling fresh.
- All Purpose or Bathroom can be used depending on how big the mess. Spray and allow dwell time for stubborn, cooked-on spills. You can also use Oxygen Boost if an extra soak is needed.
- Implements, grates, gas burners, etc. can be soaked in 1 teaspoon Concentrate and hot water to loosen cooked-on food and grime.
Stove exhaust hood & filters
- Dust first and then spray All-Purpose liberally. Let dwell for 5 minutes to break down grease and grime.
- Wipe clean with a microfiber.
- Do not spray light bulbs or any other electrical components.
- Remove for cleaning or replacement.
- If you have metal filters, remove and wash in warm water and one tsp Concentrate. Some are dishwasher safe. Charcoal filters can’t be washed but can be dusted or vacuumed.
- Note: Replace every six months to a year, depending on usage.
Ovens (no toxic oven cleaner needed!)
- 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.
- 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.
- Always work from top to bottom - dust the top, back, front and sides (in that order)
- Clean the outside of the appliance with All-Purpose and a damp microfiber cloth.
- Clean the inside of the appliance with All-Purpose.
For stained appliances (vitamix, blender, etc.):
- 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).
Burnt pots & 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!
Mopping 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 - make sure to pull out large appliances where dust can seriously build up!
- 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!
*Note: You can always use a more dilute or concentrated solution to clean floors, as long as it is tested for compatibility.
**Hardwood floors with a natural oil or wax finish should only be cleaned with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner. Branch Basics is likely to remove natural finishes. Branch Basics works well on most urethane/acrylic /polyurethane/UV cured synthetic floor finishes. In fact, some are so durable that even our All-Purpose works fine on them.
Want More? Check out Our Spring Cleaning Guide for checklists, places you may have forgotten to clean, how tos, and our deep cleaning method!
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.