How to clean your kitchen without harsh chemicals

Keeping your kitchen clean and bacteria-free is important, and you can do it effectively without harsh chemicals coming into contact with you or your food

The kitchen is arguably the busiest and most important room in your home. 

Food storage, meal prep, cooking, snacking and feasting all happens in the kitchen – which is why keeping your kitchen clean (and safe) is an essential daily task.

Keeping your kitchen clean

The kitchen generates some of the toughest cleaning tasks in the home.

Grease, burnt-on foods, splashes and spills mean you need kitchen cleaning products that are up to the challenge.

What products do you use to clean your kitchen?

Most people fall into one of two categories when it comes to cleaning products, chemical or chemical-free.

Cleaning your kitchen with chemicals


Many people clean their kitchen with chemical cleaners from the local supermarket.

All-purpose sprays, oven cleaners, antibacterial surfaces wipes, fridge cleaner and deodorisers.

There’s an array of different chemical cleaners for a multitude of purposes.

How to clean your kitchen with chemicals

Most all-purpose kitchen cleaners are a simple spray and wipe solution.

However, if you read the instructions on the back of the bottle, most require more steps than you might realise to be effective.

Such as wiping down all your surfaces before you spray. Leaving the chemicals to sit for up to 10 minutes after spraying and then rinsing surfaces thoroughly to remove any residue.

Why clean your kitchen with chemicals?

A lot of people choose chemicals to kill bacteria.

Keeping the bacteria count low on surfaces in the kitchen is important to keep your food prep area safe. 

What if you could clean your kitchen hygienically, removing both dirt and bacteria, without introducing harsh chemicals to your cooking space?

Cleaning your kitchen without chemicals 

Image of an ENJO Allpurpose Cloth being wet under the tap in the kitchen.

Keeping your kitchen clean and bacteria-free with ENJO removes the need for harmful chemicals in your home.

ENJO fibres can keep your kitchen clean and safe by harnessing patented fibre technology.  

How to clean your kitchen without chemicals

It's easy, three simple steps: wet, wipe and dry.

The fibres and water work together to draw dirt from surfaces with capillary action, mechanically cleaning the surface to remove dirt.

The super-absorbent Miracles used to dry surfaces help prevent bacteria from growing. 

No chemicals required.

Why clean your kitchen without chemicals?

It's quick, it's green, it's safe (just water) and it works.

We haven't been cleaning with chemicals long enough to know the long-term effects of the chemical ingredients, but we do know they can be harmful (hence the warning labels).

Cleaning without chemicals means investing in reusable cleaning products - reducing waste and your carbon footprint.

A question we’re often asked… can ENJO keep your kitchen surfaces bacteria-free as effectively as chemicals?

Can ENJO clean-up bacteria?

ENJO cleaning products don’t kill bacteria, they remove it.


Unlike disposable cloths from the supermarket, ENJO Fibres are designed to lift and remove dirt and bacteria from surfaces, meaning you don't need chemicals.

Sticking to the wet, wipe, dry formula means you're removing bacteria, preventing it from re-growing with nothing but water.

How cleaning with ENJO works

Two important features make ENJO cleaning products different. 

1. The fibre
2. The weave

The ENJO Fibre

ENJO products are made up of a patented fibre, so they offer a one-of-a-kind clean.

Each fibre has a wedge shape, designed to loosen and lift dirt from surfaces.

What makes these wedge-shaped fibres even more effective is that they are superfine. Each fibre is 100-times finer than a human hair, meaning each ENJO product has a vast surface area of fibres working together to lift dirt from surfaces. 

The ENJO weave

ENJO products are made up of a slightly different composition of fibre material and a different weave depending on the type of surface and the type of dirt it’s designed to clean.

For example, ENJO’s kitchen fibres are designed to cut through grease and grime from a range of surfaces commonly found in the kitchen.

The unique fibres together with the weave create a capillary action to lift, draw up and trap dirt and bacteria, completely removing it from the surfaces in your home.

How to clean your kitchen without harsh chemicals

The Kitchen Bundle has your kitchen cleaning needs covered for 3 whole years.

Styled image of the ENJO Kitchen Bundle

Here’s how you tackle each area of the kitchen without a single harsh chemical.

Cleaning your oven without chemicals


Fibre technology and water (with a little help from a naturally mild abrasive) are all you need to keep your oven clean without any toxic products.

Recommended products | Kitchen Glove + Marble Paste + Kitchen Miracle


Step 1

Make sure your oven is cool; ENJO Fibres are designed to work with cool water on a cool surface.

Step 2

Remove your oven racks and leave them to soak in cool water.

Using your ENJO Trigger Spray Bottle, spray the inside the oven, using more water on areas that have heavy build-up.

Leave for 5 minutes to let the water soften and loosen the dirt.

Step 3

Wet your Kitchen Glove and get to work wiping and lifting dirt and grime.

Start on the cleanest areas and work your way to the dirtiest areas. The Grime Side of the Kitchen Glove works best to loosen hardened/cooked on food.

Step 4

For heavy build-up, add a little Marble Paste to your Kitchen Glove and clean the surface.

Leave the Marble Paste to work for a couple of minutes, scrub the surface with your Glove and then rinse.

Step 5

Use your super absorbent Kitchen Miracle to dry the inside of your oven.

Step 6

Rinse your Kitchen Glove and wipe down the oven racks, rinse and leave to air dry.

For more details about cleaning your oven without chemicals and bonus tips, check out this post

Cleaning your stovetop without chemicals

Cleaning-up after a quick cook-up on the stovetop is super simple without chemicals.

Recommended products | Kitchen Mini + Marble Paste + Kitchen Miracle

Step 1

Before you start cleaning, make sure your stovetop is cool. 

Step 2 

If there's a build-up of baked-on food, use your Trigger Spray Bottle to wet the surface and leave for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Wet your Kitchen Mini under the tap and squeeze out any excess water.

Using the ‘grime’ side with its light scouring patches to remove any stubborn stains.

Step 4

If you have tough stains the fibre isn't lifting, add a little Marble Paste, scrub and simply rinse away after use.

Step 5

Use a super-absorbent Kitchen Miracle to dry.

Cleaning your benchtops without chemicals


Kitchen benchtops are one of the busiest workspaces in the kitchen, keeping them clean is important and an ongoing task. 

Recommended product | Allpurpose Cloth + Kitchen Miracle


Step 1

Wet your Allpurpose Cloth under the tap and squeeze out any excess water.

Step 2

Use your Allpurpose to wipe the benchtop clean.

Step 3

Use your Kitchen Miracle to dry your benchtops, this is an important step for surfaces where you're touching and preparing food. Drying your surfaces after cleaning helps prevent bacteria from growing - so don't miss this step.

Cleaning your kitchen sink + tapware without chemicals

The kitchen sink is often in use, so much so it's a common area in the home that people forget to clean.

Recommended products | Kitchen Glove or Mini + Kitchen Miracle + Calcium Dissolver

Step 1

Remove any dishes and food debris from the sink.

Step 2

Wet your Kitchen Glove or Mini, under the tap and squeeze out any excess water.

Step 3

Use the ‘grime’ side of the fibre to clean the surface of the sink in a circular motion, not forgetting to clean all around the sides.

Step 4

To remove calcium and watermarks, try a little Calcium Dissolver on tapware.

There's no need to leave Calcium Dissolver on the surface for too long before you scrub and rinse. 

Step 5

Use your Kitchen Miracle to dry the sink surface.

Cleaning your kitchen fridge without chemicals

Keeping your fridge clean is important for the safe and hygienic handling of food. Regularly cleaning your fridge also helps reduce food waste.

Recommended products | Allpurpose Cloth + Kitchen Glove + Kitchen Miracle

Step 1

Keep the outside and handle of your fridge clean by simply wiping with a wet Allpurpose Cloth and drying with your Kitchen Miracle.

Step 2

Remove all your food from the fridge. Check expiration dates and bring foods nearing their expiration date to the front to avoid waste.

Step 3

Spray the inside of your fridge with the Trigger Spray Bottle and use the ‘grime’ side of the Kitchen Glove to clean each shelf and any drawers.


Start at the top and work your way down.

Step 4

Dry the shelves with the Kitchen Miracle.

For more tips on the most effective way to clean and organise your fridge check out this post.

Cleaning your dishes without chemicals


Doing your dishes without harsh chemicals means investing in a dish sponge that lasts and saving water!

Recommended products | Kitchen Sponge + Natural Washing-Up liquid 

Styled image of the ENJO Kitchen Sponge

Step 1

If you only have one of two dishes, save water and avoid filling up the sink.

Instead, rinse your items and add some water to your Kitchen Sponge.

Step 2

Use the green side of your sponge to remove grease and food or drink residue. Switch to the more abrasive side of your sponge for pots and pans with stubborn stains.

Step 3

Add a small amount of a natural, concentrate washing-up liquid as required to your sponge (especially to help loosen and lift baked-on foods).

For a load of dishes, fill your sink a quarter-full and add natural washing up liquid. Use your kitchen sponge to physically remove food residue.

Follow these tips for cleaning stubborn pots and pans. 

Want to clean your kitchen without harsh chemicals?

If you're interested in learning more about cleaning without chemicals, hold an ENJO Demo and try the products in your own home.

If you're sceptical ENJO can clean tough stains without chemicals - check out these before and afters.


Editor's note: this post was updated 8 January 2020.

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