Green Catering Scourers
Heavy Duty Scouring Pads To Get Rid Of Stubborn Dirt
Cleaning is an integral part of kitchen operations. From doing the dishes after meals at home, to commercial food services, whether it’s hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs, or cafeterias in nursing homes and educational institutions- the plates, cutlery, frying pans, cooking units- they all need to be given a thorough wash. Otherwise, it would become a health hazard. The grime left on the dishes enables bacteria to flourish- in fact this is why the kitchen sink clocks one of the highest bacteria counts in the household, exceeding the toilet seat by far. The greasy residue is a dirt magnet, enabling the affected units to get soiled at a faster rate. Then there is the effectiveness of the units. When your saucepan is coated with a layer of burnt on food or grease, its heat efficiency is reduced, and you’re unable to prepare your meals effectively. The same case applied to the splatters on stovetops, or even the residue on the walls of your oven. In fact, with the overworked cooking units like the oven, the built-up residue is a leading cause of kitchen fires, due to the malfunctioning of the system. BBQ grills, those pressure cookers- their efficiency is all on the line. You want to be able to prepare sumptuous meals, and part of this involved adhering to the recipe, which comes with strict time limits. Leaving the food heating up for hours longer than it should will be detrimental to its taste and feel. Since the food splatters on the cooking units will still get burnt as you prepare the meals, the resultant smoke can also contaminate the dish, and you’ll have more to worry about than just not receiving the coveted “compliments to the chef”. Incorporating the heavy duty green scourers into your cleaning program will enable you deal with the stubborn grime, and keep your units functioning at their optimal.
Why You Should Invest In The Green Scourers
Tough Cleaning action
Your goal is to leave your cookware clean and shiny, and these green scouring pads deliver on their mandate. They are used across the scope, from washing drinking glasses and casserole dishes to giving the stove a thorough scrub. They won’t scratch the delicate china, and are tough enough to get rid of the baked on food and grease on the pans, and oven trays. You can use them when cleaning the kitchen cabinet to remove the grime that had accumulated within over the months, and are also suitable for heavy-duty jobs like dealing with messy pots. In fact, they are a staple in kitchens and have become synonymous with nearly all cleaning operations. Countertops with stuck-on smudges, the bathroom surfaces riddled with soap scum, grilling plates of the barbeque, and other rough surfaces in the house- the green scourers will carry out a quality job each time. They do this without disintegrating into powder, and issues like steel wire being left behind, as is the case with other scourers, will not occur here. Whether it is in fast food joints, cafeterias in schools and campuses, the kitchen in hospitals and hotels, to busy restaurants and domestic usage at home, the green scourers are up to the task.
You want scrubbing pads that are easy to use. Tools that allow optimal hand washing, where you won’t keep feeling like they are slipping out of your grip, but still have an effective coverage, to speed up the process. You get that with these microsafe scouring pads. Measuring 9” x 6”, they are easy to work with, and allow you to meet your cleaning needs without straining yourself. The synthetic fibres of the structure are durable, and it has a strong open web, with the material being able to withstand that wide range of the chemicals used in the various kitchen cleaning operations. The resin binding the construction together is so strong you won’t have to worry about degradation when working with hot water for the cleaning. The even distribution of the abrasive particles in the pads enables them to deliver a consistent performance all through.
Cleaning is an everyday task. In fact, in modern day busy homes you’ll be at the sink multiple times in a day. In commercial kitchens, there are even staff designated to simply clean the dishes, in order to ensure that there is no bottleneck in operations, with plates and cutlery piling up at the sink. This means that plenty of cleaning supplies will be required around the clock. However, you don’t have to break the bank to ensure your operations are running smoothly. These green scouring pads have been affordably priced to ensure that you don't over-extend your budget. What’s more, coming 10 per pack, you get to purchase packages that meet your establishment’s needs.
Scrubbing Dishes And Surfaces With The Green Scourers
Stainless Steel Pans
They are used for everything, from preparing that thick lamb stew, creamy lasagne that is also slightly crispy, all through to the beef roast with sticky honey parsnips. They'll be delicious- that's certain. However, they will also definitely make a mess out of the pan. Thick grease, stuck-on food, burnt bottoms- a thorough cleaning will be needed. Here’s how to go about it:
For the routine cleaning after preparing meals, this is straightforward. Simply wash the pan using dish soap and warm water, scrubbing away the grime with the green scourer.
Burnt stainless steel
This is for those occasions when one forgets the pan on the hot stove, and comes back to find a big mess. Burnt-on food, those marks on the bottom- they can be resolved with products that you already have in your kitchen. Simply grab your baking soda, white vinegar, green scourer, and you’ll also need some water.
First pour the water into the pan, ensuring that it has completely covered the bottom. Next, add 1 cup of the vinegar. Let this mixture boil. After the bubbling starts, removing them from the source of heat, and then add 3 tablespoons of the baking powder to the mixture. Wait for the fizzing to slow down, then pour out the contents. Use the scouring pad to give the pan a scrub. The burnt residue will come off easily.
Different ways to clean it include:
Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar into the microwave bowl, and fill it with 200ml of water. The role of vinegar here is to tackle the odours. To prevent the water from splattering and boiling out over the bowl's edges, add a toothpick into the bowl. This is a nifty trick that ensures the bubbles that are formed will be on the wood. Close the door and set the microwave to run for 5 minutes.
When the time elapses and you're notified, don’t open the door just yet. Let it remain closed for around 5 extra minutes. This is to give the steam time to loosen up the grime residue.
Open the microwave and take out the bowl. Note that it will be hot, so you should be careful. The turntable tray should also be removed and placed in the sink. You can scrub it using the green scourer and warm, soapy water.
Wipe down the insides of the microwaves.
Using a kitchen cleaner
In this case, you'll have a cleaning solution that has been specially designed for the cleaning tasks in the kitchen. Ensure that you have carefully read the instructions on the product label before use. Spray the microsafe scouring pad with the liquid, and then proceed to wash the walls and ceiling of the microwave, to remove the splattered and stuck on food. Scrub the removable parts separately in the sink- these are like the turntable.
To clean the burners, rings, plus the pan support grate:
Here the first step will be to disassemble the parts. Remove them from the cooker, and soak them in the sink filled with hot and soapy water.
As they soak for a while, you can be wiping the hob with the preferred cleaning agent and a cloth.
Head back to the sink and scrub off the gunk on the burners, rings and grate with the green scourer.
Allow them to dry before you place them back on the unit.
Burnt Cooking Pots and Saucepans
Burnt pans are common- from homes to 5-star hotels. Rookies and professionals occasionally have to tackle this issue. All it takes is a tiny slip of thought- like getting distracted when there is a pan of pasta being heated up, and suddenly it's a cremated mess. Here’s how you can restore that shiny look:
First soak the pan in hot water. You can boil the water in a kettle, then pour it into the pan until it covered the affected area. For these cases where the burnt-on residue reached high in the pan, you’ll simply just add more water. Note that this is not going to remove the marks just yet. The goal here is to loosen up that burnt food, plus lift the pieces off the bottom section - which would have been more problematic. It's just meant to reduce your workload. You can even add some dishwashing detergent to the water.
Take your preferred dishwashing liquid- specifically designed for use on such stainless steel items, and follow the instructions on the label with regards to application. With the pan already soaked, removing the burnt-on marks will be easy. Bring out the microsafe scouring pad for the scrubbing action. Unlike steel wool or wire scourer, the green scourer poses no risk to the stainless steel.
Proceed to wash as normal. If you want to toss the pan into the dishwasher, then go right ahead. If you go with hand washing, the stubborn gunk has already been removed, so it will be easier to get rid of the remnants. It just needs a quick once-over.
The vinegar route
This is another way to deal with those scorched pans. Follow these steps:
Add some water to the pan. You just needed a thick layer of the water to fill the bottom section.
Add vinegar- usually 1 cup should suffice.
Place it on the stovetop and heat it up to boiling.
Remove the pan. You can now add some baking soda - about 2 tablespoons. Note that there will be fizzing at this point. You can alternatively pour the vinegar, and then proceed to add the baking soda.
Pour the contents from the pan, then scrub with the green scourer. If needed, you can add some more baking soda.
If there are particularly stubborn spots, prepare a baking soda paste with some drops of water. Apply this paste onto the affected section, allow it some time, and then proceed with the scrubbing.
These are germ breeding grounds. The sink is filled with warm water and dishes are soaked overnight in it. Food particles, washing fruits, the occasional rinsing of dishes covered in meat- plus the fact that all cutlery passes through it at one time or another, it ends up harbouring more bacteria than even the toilet bowl. Cleaning it as you take care of the rest of the kitchen is key. The surface here is not porous, so the focus is on dislodging the grime that is stuck to the walls of the sink, which is where the green scourers come in.
Start by emptying the sink. This means that all dishes will need to be done first, so there will be nothing in the way.
Squirt some of the dishwashing soap onto the microsafe scouring pad.
Open the tap, allowing a little water to flow at a time as you scrub. For your approach, start from the outside the basin and working your way in, from top to bottom. This is to ensure that the dirty water drips onto the areas that haven't been cleaned yet.
After you’re through with the sink, proceed to scrub the drain.
In case there are stubborn food particles, you can speed things up by sprinkling some baking soda onto the sink, and also work with hot water from the tap as you scrub. In addition, you can rinse the sink using vinegar to disinfect it, and also in case there are hard water stains that need to be removed.
It's the workhorse of the kitchen. Preparing tray baked chicken and touching it up with spiced Indian potatoes, baking your family some tuna pasta, getting that hearty fish pie- creamy and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, making your own baked beans, that you can serve up with cheesy croutons, working up some sausage ragù or macaroni cheese, slow cooking bacon, chicken and chorizo with celery, peppers and Vitamin-C rich sweet potato to make a neat meat gumbo, all through to baking up some succulent chicken breasts wrapped in prosciutto- it can do it all. Over time, it builds up food residue and grease, that gets baked onto its interior components. Not only are these unsightly, but they also affect its functionality. They reduce the heat efficiency of the oven, and the smoke generated when the residue is burnt affects the taste of the meals- not to mention the risk of fires too. Occasionally, a deep cleaning will be needed. For this, here is an approach that you can use:
Start by getting cleaning solutions that are suitable for the task. You want chemical agents that are formulated for oven cleaning, which will not pose a risk to the structure. Your goal is to get rid of the dirt and grime, not strip away the coatings on the interior surface. Also ensure that the area is well ventilated, especially when using caustic-based products. For the tools, you’ll need sponges, rubber gloves, the green scourer, plastic bags (preferably resealable). You can toss in that old toothbrush too. It will come in handy. Before you proceed, ensure that the oven is off. Also wait for it to cool off in case it had been recently used. Cover the gas burner jets, and also ensure the heating elements that are visible have been protected. A change of clothes into old ones is advised too, since the job can get rather messy.
Remove the shelves and leave them to soak in soapy and warm water. The washing up liquid, combined with the water, will help in breaking down the burnt on food and grease residue. This can even be left to soak overnight if you’re not in a hurry. In case time is limited, put the shelves in the resealable plastic bags and spray them with the oven cleaner. Ensure that you have gone through the instructions on the product label on using the cleaner, especially with issues like the dilution ratios required. Seal the bag, then let the cleaner work to dissolve the gunk.,/p>
Spray the cleaner onto the interior surfaces of the oven. You can also use a sponge for the application. Allow the recommended dwelling time indicated on the product label.
In the meantime, use the green scourer on the oven racks, scrubbing them clean. Turning them halfway through as you scrub will ensure that you get to scrub both sides. Rinse the racks, then place them aside to dry.
After a couple of minutes- since the oven cleaners usually pack a punch and don’t require long to loosen up the food reside, dampen the sponge with water and start wiping the oven’s interior. Use the microsafe scouring pad to scrub the stubborn parts. Rinse it after each round, then proceed to wipe the next. This is to ensure that you don’t end up spreading the grime around. Take care not to touch the electrical components. Ensure that you work on the corners. The old toothbrush comes in here, to get to these troublesome spots that are hard to reach. Soak the bristles in the oven cleaner and scrub the sections thoroughly.
Now for the baking trays. Their biggest issue is usually the baked-on grease. Soak them in the sink filled with hot water, and add the washing up liquid too. Use the green scourer to scrub away the grease, then pat the tray dry. For the burnt-on stains, a similar process can be followed, soaking the tray in the hot water, but this time using a cup of baking soda. Let the tray remain in the solution for about an hour.
Next on the line is the range top or hob. This can be cleaned using the sponge and oven cleaner.
Now you want to ensure that the glass door is sparkling. After all, how will you be able to observe the meals as they are getting baked? The green scourer will enable you to scrub off the stuck-on food. For the grease and oil, it works together with the oven cleaner. However, note that glass shouldn’t be cleaned with caustic-based solutions.
Re-install the glass door, and give it one last wipe, to remove any residue or cleaning solution left on its surface.
To keep your oven clean and reduce your workload in future, here are some extra tips that will be helpful:
Leaving the bottom shelf with a foil or oven sheet will come in handy to catch any falling food particles.
Regularly wash the chrome shelves, soaking them in soapy water and using the green scourer to scrub away the built-up food residue.
For the ovens with glass screens, ensure that they are cleaned immediately after you've prepared the roasted meals, since they have a tendency of spitting and leaving fat residue on the surface. While on that point, it is recommended that fish and meat be roasted in cooking bags, to reduce that amount of fat spitting onto the insides of the oven.
After cooking meals, pour some water into a heat-resistant bowl and place it inside the oven. Heat it for about 20 minutes, with a medium temperature setting. Let the oven cool down, open it and wipe down the surfaces using a damp cloth.
When you’ve decided to give the entire kitchen a top-to-bottom clean, including those sections that haven’t been worked on for months, there's bound to a be a surprise or two waiting for you. Reaching into your cabinet and pulling out that countertop grill that you hadn’t used for ages, what state is it in? What if whoever used the item last placed it back without cleaning it? It will be coated with sticky gunk. There are even those items where you begin debating whether they are worth cleaning, or you should just toss them away and get new ones. These forgotten disasters can still be salvaged- from presses to grills. Simply cover the grime with a towel that had been dipped in warm water, and let the moisture loosen it up. Alternatively, you can soak the items in warm and soapy water in the sink, if they can fit and are not electronic. The green scourer then comes in for the scrubbing, and after a rinse your items will be as good as new.
Soap scum in the bathroom can be frustrating. First, the very thought of it prevents you from taking a relaxing shower. You don’t even feel clean after stepping out. It’s recommended that you clean it off regularly, so that you don’t have a massive build-up waiting for you at the end of the month. Most cleaning products are usually alkaline, which are suited to removing organic dirt. However, soap scum is inorganic, meaning acidic solutions are needed. However, not just any acid will work- especially with the wide range of surfaces and tile types. You should go with a product that is safe for your particular type of installation. Carry out a spot test on a hidden area to ascertain its compatibility before you proceed. Proceed with these steps:
Use the commercial bathroom cleaner, spraying it onto the soap scum. This will drastically reduce your workload. Ensure that you follow the instructions on the product label, on how much product is required per session, and if any dilution is needed.
Use the green scourer to scrub away the soap scrum.
Rinse the surface.
As a handy tip, you can plan the cleaning for just after a household member has finished their shower. The hot steamy environment will have loosened up the soap scum, which will make it easier to remove. Alternatively, you can rinse the shower surfaces using hot water before you start the cleaning process.
Whether you host backyard barbeques every weekend, or bring out your BBQ on special holidays and get-togethers, it is important to ensure that it is clean before you use it. As such, you should give it a thorough wash when you pull it out of storage, and also after you're through using it. After enjoying the grilled steak and everyone has had their fill, it's time to tackle the grime that is on the BBQ. First let it cool off slightly. After all, trying to do anything when it is piping hot will just get you burnt in the process. However, you still want it to be slightly warm, so that removing the dirt and grease will be easier. At this point, you'll just need water, soap and a cloth to wipe away the residue- but that's only if there was minimal grime on the structure. When is it ever the case? Consequently, you’ll need to bring out the BBQ cleaner- powerful kitchen cleaners can also work, and spray it onto the unit. Ensure you cover the grill, underneath the lid and inside it. The role of the cleaner here is to loosen those burnt-on bits, and help in cutting through the grease. Allow the product used a couple of minutes to work- 10 or so should suffice, or longer if the grill is really dirty. Use the scrubbing brush together with the heavy duty green scourer wherever necessary to scrub away the gunk, then rinse with clean water and wipe with a clean cloth. Remember to also wipe down the underside of the grill, scrubbing those sections that are a nuisance. After you're done, allow your BBQ unit to dry in preparation for the next grilling.
Kitty's or Pooch's Bowls and Toys
In addition to regular exercise plus a healthy diet, your pet also needs clean feeding bowls. With the messy way in which cats and dogs munch through their meals, plus the drooling and slobbering involved, they are bound to attract dirt and germs, should they be left unattended to. The same case applies to the toys they play with. You don’t want your furry friend developing stomach upsets. Luckily, cleaning them is easy, since they are usually designed to be hardwearing. Note that the microsafe scouring pads and cloths used for the task should be separate from the others used on the rest of the family's plates and cutlery.
For the washing, scrub the bowl with a mild detergent and the green scourer. In case there is crusted-on food, you can soak it in a solution of a little water and vinegar. There are also specialised cleaning agents for the task, which also come with disinfecting properties. When it comes to the toys, there are those that can be tossed into the washing machine, or placed on the top rack of the dishwasher and put through a cleaning cycle. Hand washing can also be carried out. In this case, soak the toys in a bucket containing warm water to which white vinegar has been added. You can also use hot water, with a cleaning agent that is safe for that particular material the toy is made of. Scrub it clean with the green scourer, rinse it with cool water, and then allow it to air dry.
You can rinse the dog's bowl daily- like in the morning and evening, or whenever you’re filling it with food or water. A deep cleaning should however be carried out at least every week, or twice in the week.