If you've been following along with our Spring Green Cleaning series, your kitchen is getting greener and cleaner. This time, we'll focus on getting your counter tops and sink clean and disinfected the green way.
What You'll Need:
Nontoxic Cleaning Wipes (optional)
Nontoxic Sink Cleaner
1. Use a microfiber cleaning cloth and water to wipe down your counter tops. e-Cloth has a number of cloths that are perfect for this purpose. If you have formica counters, go for the Kitchen Cleaning Cloth. You can also find specialty cloths for stainless steel and granite.
2. While the e-Cloth does remove up to 99 percent of all bacteria, I like to run over the areas where I cut up food with Eat Cleaner Produce Wipes after I do my initial cleaning to ensure that I've fully eliminated bacteria. This optional step is up to you.
3. Use a nontoxic sink cleaner like Better Life Kitchen Sink Cleansing Scrub
and an eco-friendly sponge like the Twist Naked Sponge
to wipe out your sink and the faucet and handles.
4. Rinse the sink with warm water.
5. Pat yourself on the back for having an even cleaner, greener kitchen!
The oven is undoubtedly one of the messiest places in many kitchens, but not for long! This installment of our Spring Green Cleaning series will help you get your ovens spotlessly clean.
What You'll Need:
1. Remove the racks from your oven and let them soak in hot water for a few hours.
2. Tackle baked on messes first with the help of an eco-friendly scrub brush. The Casabella Maxi Brush Scrubber is great choice because of its size and durable bristles.
3. After you have removed visible burned on food, run over the entire inside of the oven with a microfiber cloth. The e-Cloth Non-scratch Scouring Cloth will provide extra cleaning power to remove dirt that can be difficult to see inside of the oven.
4. Clean the oven racks thoroughly with your scrub brush.
5. Dry the racks with an eco-friendly towel like the Full Circle In the Buff Dish Towel.
6. Close the oven door and give yourself a break! You have a clean oven.
With this installment of Spring Green Cleaning, we're going to teach you how to clean your range with ease and without the of potentially toxic metal cleaners.
What You'll Need:
1. If your stove has removable grates, take them off and soak them in a sink full of hot water. For very dirty burners, add a bit of natural dish soap to the water. One brand to try is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day, which we have available at LeafyClean.com.
2. Clean the entire stovetop with a microfiber cloth. Try the e-Cloth Range & Stovetop Pack to make the job easy. Start by cleaning with the special blue and gray striped cloth and hot water. This will remove baked on grime and drips as well as 99 percent of bacteria. Then, use the gray cloth to buff and polish the range.
3. Go to the sink and scrub down the burners with a scrub brush like the Casabella Maxi Brush Scrubber
or a Scouring Pad like the Casabella Terry Scouring Cloths.
4. Put the grates back in place. You're finished!
Last time, we spring cleaned your fridge and freezer. Now, it's time to tackle one of the dirtiest places in the kitchen--the microwave! This process will not only get the inside sparkling but will also help you eliminate any unpleasant odors.
What You'll Need:
1. Unplug the microwave.
2. Fill up a microwave-safe BPA-free plastic or glass bowl with white vinegar and microwave it on high for 6 minutes. This will neutralize odors.
3. Fill up a bucket with hot water. Add a splash of lemon juice.
4. Wipe out the inside of the microwave with a microfiber cleaning cloth. For this appliance, I really like the Casabella Superglide Sponge. Its texture helps to loosen debris, and its perfectly sized for getting inside of the microwave.
5. If there are tough baked-on stains, use a green scouring cloth or scrub brush to tackle it. My pick is the Casabella Terry Scouring Cloth, which comes in a pack of four, so you'll have some for doing the dishes, too.
6. Plug the microwave back in and congratulate yourself on having the cleanest microwave in the neighborhood.
In our last edition of Spring Green Cleaning, we looked at cleaning your condenser coils. This time, we'll go inside the fridge and freezer to give it a thorough cleaning and eliminate any unpleasant odors. Here's how to get the job done the green way.
What You'll Need:
1. Unplug the fridge.
2. Remove all of the food from both the freezer and fridge. Take the time to read the expiration dates. Set aside items to throw away. Keep the other items closely clustered together in the coolest spot you can find while you clean.
3. Fill up a bucket with hot water and a touch of lemon juice for deodorizing.
4. Start by scrubbing any areas where you can see spilled food. Use a green scrubber sponge like the Casabella Hands Away Surface Scrubber. Be sure to check the door shelves and drawers for spills as well.
5. Use a microfiber cleaning cloth and the water like the e-Cloth General Purpose Cloth to wipe down the entire fridge and freezer. The e-cloth is a great pick because it will lift away odor-causing bacteria as well as debris.
6. Put your food back inside. Remember to keep highly perishable items like eggs off of the refrigerator door. Highly perishable items will last longer at the backs of shelves and at the bottom of the fridge where it is the coldest. The crisper is the best place to keep produce fresh.
7. Plug the fridge back in.
8. Use any expired food for composting or drop it off at a composting facility. Recycle the empty containers.
9. Rejoice! You've cleaned the fridge and freezer the green way.
For this installment of our Spring Green Cleaning series, we're going to tackle a messy and oft-forgot job--those condenser coils on your refrigerator. Cleaning your refrigerator coils is actually important for keeping your fridge running at peak performance, and most experts recommend doing it annually.
I'm going to give you two different methods of cleaning the coils: the low tech way and the high tech way.
Low Tech Green Cleaning for Refrigerator Coils:
1. Unplug your refrigerator.
2. Locate the coils. They are usually in the back or at the front of the fridge.
3. Remove the grille or any covering that stands between you and the coils. The owner's manual for your fridge should have directions if you're unsure how to do this.
4. Use an eco-friendly dish brush with an extra long handle and simply give the coils a good scrub.The Full Circle Laid Back Dish Brush is perfect for this. Keep cleaning until you don't see any dust or debris on the fridge.
5. Clean up the floor where you worked with a green floor scrubber like the e-cloth Deep Clean Mop,
or use a Bambooee Sweeper Sheet with your static cling sweeper to clean.
6. Replace the grille as needed and plug the fridge back in.
High Tech Green Cleaning for Refrigerator Coils:
1. Follow steps 1 to 3 in the Low Tech section above.
2. Vacuum the coils with a hand-held vacuum like the Vapamore MR-50 or a canister vacuum with a hose attachment.
3. If dirt remains, you can use a microfiber cleaning cloth the the e-Cloth Stainless Steel Cloth to wipe it down. Just make sure the coils aren't hot to the touch before you start to wipe.
4. Clean the floor if necessary, replace the grille if needed and then plug the fridge back in.
That's all there is to it! You can have the project done in less than 30 minutes and not have to worry about it until next spring.