9 Ingenious Cleaning Tips to Have a Sparkling Kitchen
In a single week, your kitchen can go through a lot. From messy spills and dirty dishes to grime and dust. Since it is a busy room, it gets messy quickly. Thus regular cleaning is more important.
Most of us are more passionate about the cooking and eating aspects of the kitchen. We tend to shy away from cleaning it. A big reason for this is the time it takes to clean and the scrubbing that has to be done. But, it doesn’t have to be such a daunting task.
In this article, we will be sharing some great cleaning tips and ideas for you to have the sparkling kitchen you deserve.
#1. Start With Your Kitchen Cabinets
You can start by cleaning your kitchen cabinets. They are usually the biggest job in the kitchen and thankfully not the messiest. You can empty and clean each cabinet separately. Start by spraying dish soap and water solution on the cabinets. This helps to remove grease. You can wipe it with a damp and then dry cloth. You can also try a spray of lemon oil and white vinegar. Wipe your wooden cabinets down with this solution and a microfiber cloth.
Besides that, you can place a wax paper layer on the surface of your cabinets. This can help to absorb the grime and dirt which is difficult to clean. You can also try non-adhesive liners.
#2. Clean Your Oven While You Sleep
A great way to clean your oven is by doing so just before sleeping. For this, you can make a spray solution of ⅓ cup of white vinegar, ½ cup of baking soda, and ⅓ cup of water. After your oven cools down you can remove your grates. Then spray the inside of the oven with this solution, but avoid any heating parts. Close the oven door and go to sleep. After 12 hours you can clean it using soapy water. Dry using a soft cloth.
Besides that, you should also wash the racks. You can use powder detergent to soak and rinse your oven racks. You can do this by putting them to soak in a bathtub.
#3. Use Lime Juice For Your Microwave
Microwaves tend to get dirty more quickly than other appliances. A simple hack to cleaning your microwave is using a lemon. You can squeeze the juice of a lime into a bowl. Place both halves of the lime into the juice and add a half cup of water. Put the bowl into the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. This not only makes cleaning easy but also keeps your microwave smelling fresh.
Besides that, You should also cover your food so that it doesn’t splatter. You can steam clean your microwave once a week. For difficult spots, you can try putting a cup of water for a few minutes in the microwave. This steam will loosen any tough spots. You can then use white vinegar and wipe the inside.
#4. Try Baking Soda For Your Fridge, Oven, And More
Baking soda is a miracle cleaner for all your appliances. Starting with your refrigerator. You can mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 950ml of warm water. Use this solution to wipe down the inside of your fridge. You can also put a cup of baking soda and lime essential oil on any of the shelves. This can give you a fragrant smell.
For your oven, you can create a paste of ½ cup baking soda and some tablespoons of water. Spread it on the inside of your oven and let it rest overnight. You can then wipe it clean in the morning with a wet cloth. You can also spray white vinegar on stubborn spots and wipe them again.
In addition, you can use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to restore your sinks and baking sheets. Sprinkle some on the surface and wipe clean after a few hours. Besides that, you can even clean the grill grates of your stove with this mixture.
#5. Clean Your Kitchen Sink
Soapy and warm water will work well on sink material. You can also use lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda. You can create a paste of baking soda and lemon juice to pour down the disposal. In addition, you can use half a lemon to scrub your kitchen sink. You can even polish it with flour.
#6. Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals can become quite smelly at times. To help with that you can use lemon ice cubes filled with rock salt and pop them down the drain.
You can use a toothbrush to clean out your garbage disposal. Soak it with an anti-grease solution before scrubbing. Make sure you scrub under the splash guard too. You can then put lemon rinds and ice through the disposal to sharpen the blades and make them fresh. You can also use white vinegar
#7. Use A Vacuum Brush
A vacuum brush is a handy tool to clean all types of surfaces and appliances. You can start with your oven. Use the brush to vacuum out any crumbs on the bottom and then wipe with a damp cloth. You can also vacuum your walls every few weeks to remove any dust.
Some smaller vacuum parts can be used to vacuum your microwave’s vents as well. For your cabinets, you can also use a vacuum instead of picking up crumbs. This can be also done for pantry shelves
#8. Try Kosher Salt And Lemon For Your Wooden Boards And Blocks:
Another great hack is to use kosher salt and lemon on your wooden cutting board. You can also use this on butcher blocks. Scrub the surfaces with this mixture and finish with some mineral oil.
#9. Shine And Buff Your Steel
You can use a cloth of olive oil to wipe your steel surfaces. Buff it with a soft cloth for a shiny appearance. You can use microfiber cloths and soft sponges to clean your steel surfaces. Don’t use any steel pads. You can also use diluted vinegar and baking soda to clean your steel appliances.
You can clean your faucet with a plastic bag filled with a de-scaler. Tie the bag around the faucet to clean. You can then polish it with Pledge. This can be done for stainless steel appliances. You can also scrub off any dry gunk with a damp sponge before polishing.
Cleaning your kitchen doesn’t have to be such a terrible task. You can find many ways to make your life easier while cleaning. Some ingredients that are miracle cleaners for most surfaces in the kitchen are lime juice, warm water and baking soda. Other ingredients are rock salt, white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
Many people have various cleaning routines that work for them. You can experiment with a few ways that work for your kitchen. You can do this by working with many different solutions and cloth to get your kitchen to its sparkling origins.
What do you think of our cleaning hacks and tips? Do you have any hacks of your own? Share them with us in the comment section below!
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