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DIY Kitchen Cleaning Tips and Hacks

DIY Kitchen Cleaning Tips and Hacks

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The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the important places in your house. It is intricately connected to the wellbeing of your family. However, cleaning your kitchen is also one of the most tedious, frustrating, and cumbersome jobs ever. Just think of all that stubborn grease over your stove to begin with!

So, do we keep procrastinating and let the grime collect up? Definitely not! Cleaning your kitchen as part of your house cleaning may not become fun, but it can be made easier. Let us look at some handy DIY kitchen cleaning tips to help you clean your kitchen efficiently and quickly.

 

Use Lemons for Refreshing Results

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Yep, this tip does work. There is no better way to get started with cleaning your kitchen. You can get rid of the unwanted cooking odor by merely using a standard lemon. Use a toothpick to punch holes in it, and then put it directly on the rack inside a 300°F oven for fifteen minutes. Remember to keep the oven door just slightly open.

Soon enough, the rejuvenating odor of lemon will waft through your kitchen soon. You can also consider slicing a lemon and boiling it in water for ten or fifteen minutes. It will produce the same effect, without you needing to spend on costly air fresheners.

However, keep lemon away from any marble surface as it will damage your countertop or backsplash.

 

Vodka Goes Well with Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is perhaps the most ordinary material you will come across in every kitchen. As such, it is to your advantage to learn how to clean it efficiently. And guess what is the best cleaning agent for steel?

Vodka! Stainless steel appliances can be notoriously hard to clean. However, this will make your work much more comfortable. Just apply some vodka on a paper towel or sponge, and scrub away. Further, this is one of the most effective ways of cleaning your kitchen.

 

Use Tea to Protect Your Stove

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This is a widely recognized hack not only for cleaning your kitchen but keeping it from getting dirty. You can effectively use tea to prevent grime from sticking tenaciously to your stove. For that, you must first prepare a concoction of tea about four times stronger than usual. Now proceed to wipe this solution on your stove using a clean cloth.

Tea contains tannins, which prevent grease and food material from sticking onto the metal. Even if they do, you can clear them up much easier than usual. Talk about a time saver!

 

Pay Attention to the Top of Your Fridge

Yes, this is an important point that deserves special mention. While cleaning your kitchen, the top of your fridge and cabinets is an important spot that is oft-neglected. Unfortunately, it is also a spot that needs extra care because little food particles tend to float up with steam and settle there. That can lead to it getting real dirty, real quick.

You can make the job easier by topping your fridge with a sheet of thin plastic every month. You can then remove this sheet and replace it after cleaning. It will save you the hassle of scrubbing a thick layer of grime on top of your fridge every time.

 

Remember that Your Sink is Vital

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This is an important point to mention when coming to tips for cleaning your kitchen. Where is it that you wash everything, including the cloth used to clean your kitchen? That’s right, in the sink. Now imagine how it would be if your sink itself is not cleaned properly? Therefore, make sure you give it some extra attention.

Once you have cleaned it, wipe it with some quality oil (preferably olive oil or baby oil). This will create a thin film of oil on top of the sink and prevent food particles and water from latching onto your sink. Additionally, you will get to admire your sink looking all shiny and new!

 

How to Deal with Tenacious Grime

While cleaning your kitchen, baked-on grease or grime on the hood of your range can be notoriously stubborn. If you are having trouble dealing with it, here is a neat little tip for the same. Warm up the grease beforehand by blowing your hairdryer over it. After that, proceed to wipe it off using a moist cloth and soap. You will be surprised to see how efficiently this technique works!

 

Just Keep Cleaning as You Go

This is a simple and yet very efficient tip for cleaning your kitchen. While going through your cooking measures, place all the utensils in the dishwasher right away. In case you don’t have a dishwasher, simply fill up your sink with tap water and soap. Now soak your utensils in it, and leave them to wash at your leisure. 

This will save you the pain of scrubbing them agonizingly later! Besides, it will also help you save time and feel more relaxed while cleaning your kitchen.

 

Microwave Your Sponge 

Yes, this is true! The Journal of Environmental Health has stated that by microwaving your sponge for 90 seconds at full power, you can destroy 99% of the bacteria on it. Doing this will help keep your kitchen germ-free and help you clean faster.

 

Have a Garbage Bowl and Trash Bin Ready

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Unfortunately, having a trash bin ready for cleaning your kitchen frequently goes unnoticed. By merely keeping a garbage bowl and trash bin at the ready, you can prevent much hassle. You can simply place all scraps in a standard bowl and discard them when you are done. This will contain your counters, floor, and cutting board from getting littered up. It is an excellent way of conserving your time and energy.

 

Don’t Leave Your Kitchen in a Dirty State

Yes, it’s tempting to procrastinate even though you know that it is wrong! The more you get into this habit, the more difficult things will become for you. Therefore, try to get into the habit of clearing up everything on time. Make an effort to clean up in between cooking sessions and meals. Consciously promise yourself that ‘never go to bed with a dirty kitchen.’

When it comes to kitchen cleaning, there is always so much to do from top to bottom. You have to clean the flooring to the backsplash and cabinets. See for yourself how much these simple DIY kitchen cleaning tips can make things easier for you!