If you have scrolled cleantok for some time now, you might have encountered the cleaning hack of cleaning with a pumice stone. You might have said does that even work.
But maybe wondering if using a pumice stone is suitable for cleaning.
Let’s dive into why you may want to add a scourging stick to your cleaning tools. And where not to use it or things to avoid.
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What is a pumice cleaning stick?
A pumice cleaning stick is a lava rock that breaks down when wet and is different than the body pumice stone. The same concept, though. So please don’t buy and use a regular pumice stone.
I find mine right in Home Depot’s cleaning product section right when I walk in.
At around six dollars, you can tackle some tough jobs around the home that other cleaners may fail at.
Made of stone that dissolves as it cleans, it has specific uses.
What can I clean with a scorching stick?
I was a bit leary when using this pumice cleaning stick because its rough outside texture really had me scared to scratch my surfaces.
But quickly discovered that you can clean quite a few things with it.
- Stove tops: I initially bought the stone because I had baked food on my stovetop that wouldn’t budge. You can watch my YouTube video to see the magic as it lifted the burnt food.
- Toilet bowl rings: Rings inside your toilet bowl are a sore sight and hard to remove. Put on some rubber gloves and wet the pumice stone and rub against the stain. After a few good rubs, you should start to see the stain disappear.
I also liked using it underneath the toilet rim where the water comes from. It removed those stains as well. Basically, you are rubbing away calcium deposits on the toilet.
- Inside your oven: Cleaning the inside of the oven is one of my least favorite tasks. But it’s even more annoying when it won’t come clean. And I don’t like using chemicals because it’s where my food goes.
I used the pumice stone all over the inside. Not the glass. To clean burnt food. And it was the perfect solution. Plus, it was easy to wipe away. I didn’t have to rinse and wipe a hundred times.
- Stove grates
I disliked cleaning my stove grates because I could never get it all off. That was until now.
I fill up my kitchen sink with hot water, and I toss in a dishwasher pod. I let the grates soak to remove built-up grease and loosen up the gunk.
Then I go at it with my scouring stick. It takes off everything and leaves my crates looking new.
- Inside porcelain sinks and tubs
If you use a pumice stone to clean porcelain sinks and tubs, you should be careful how you do it and what you use to clean it. There is no doubt that your porcelain sink and tub will be cleaner after you use this stone, but it can be risky.
- Inside your grill/BBQ
You will be amazed at what comes off your grill. The scouring stick does not leave any residue on your BBQ as other cleaning products do, so you can place your food directly on it without worrying about any harmful chemicals you might be ingesting.
- Remove fuzz balls from your couch
I have my ultimate favorite way to remove pilling from my couches, and you can read my blog post or watch my video on Youtube. But a scouring stick can be a helpful tool if you need to de-pill your couch.
Use the stroking method of small strokes your remove pills and fuzz from your couch.
- Inside your pool
If you have a pool, you know the limescale that can build, and the pool can get really bad algae. You can use the pumice stone to remove a lot of this. As with any cleaning, be gentle, especially on your liner you don’t want to tear it.
- Work tools and Garden Tools
Work tools can get grimy and oily. You can use the scouring stick to remove them and shine them up.
- Your tile floor or concrete- with care
So we got our kitchen redone, and a part of the process was painting our walls and island center. And I followed up by painting our baseboards. But I accidentally got some white paint on the tile and fireplace tile.
Wetting the scouring stick and very gently, I was able to remove the paint with no issues.
What not to clean with a scorching stick?
Glass, metals, stainless steel, wood, and fiberglass or acrylic bathtubs. I have heard that some people have tried it on their glass cookware.
I would be very careful if you do try this.
How do you clean a scouring stone after using it to clean?
I have found that running under warm/hot water effectively removes most, if not all, dirt. If necessary, you can soak it in warm water, and you don’t need soap. (caution, though, soaking too long will cause it to start to dissolve faster).
But I highly recommend using a separate stone for all your cleaning jobs. In other words, only use your toilet stone for toilet cleaning. And keep a separate one to tackle your kitchen jobs.
After rinsing, you can just lay it flat out to dry on a paper towel. Try not to handle too much, as the water will make it dissolve the more you handle it.
How to store your scorching stick after use
Since the scorching stick is a porous material, you want to make sure to leave it out to air dry. You can place it on the counter on a cloth or paper towel. Or you can store it inside a mesh bag and hang it from a cabinet door.
The pumice cleaning stone A.K.A (Pumie -Scouring stick) is an effective and inexpensive tool for helping you to keep your home clean and tidy.
There are three different types of cleaning pumice stones available, but they all serve the same basic purpose.
2. Pumice Toliet Bowl ring removal – this comes with a neat handle making it easier to clean.
3. Pumie FLEXI-SCOUR this one is way cool because, for those hard-to-reach places, it bends. It’s thin, like in shape, with flexibility.
If you are looking for a new way to clean tough messes and stay away from toxic chemicals, this is the right tool to use. I would recommend having a few at hand.