Quick Tips For A Clean Kitchen
Plnety of easy, time-saving tips to cleaning your entire kitchen, including removing stains, unclogging drains, erasing coffee and tea stains, cleaning appliances, and more.
A few friends are coming over and your kitchen is a disaster. Not to worry, with these quick-cleaning tips your kitchen will look great in seconds.
Invest in a dishwashing tub that fits nicely in your sink. Fill it with leftover dirty dishes and hide under your sink. Otherwise, hide your dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub into coffee and tea stains. Clean burnt pans by coating bottom with baking soda and covering with water, then let the pan sit. Add a generous amount of baking soda to your hot dishwater to help remove dried on foods from pots and pans. Let soak for 15 minutes then wash as usual. For cast iron pans, remove cooked and burnt-on food or grease by soaking the pan in hot water and use a plastic scouring pad. It’s important not to use S.O.S pads on your metal pans, which will damage the surface of the pan. If the stain remains, mix 3 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and soak. Add a little vinegar to the rinse water for shiny, streak-less glasses.
Make stainless steel sinks clean with a little rubbing alcohol and remove spots with white vinegar. Get a shiny stainless steel sink by buffing with a little baby oil. Remove rust spots (like those from rusted S.O.S. pads) with lighter fluid. And clear plugged sinks by pouring a half-cup of baking soda followed by a full cup of vinegar into the drain before pouring down some hot water. To clear a greasy clogged drain, pour a cup of salt water and a cup of soda down the drain, followed by hot water.
Super-deodorize the garbage disposal by tossing in some baking soda and dishwashing detergent then scrubbing with a toilet brush (please only use a toilet brush designated for the kitchen, not one used in the toilet). A fast way to clean the garbage disposal is to pour down some baking soda, salt, and dishwasher detergent before running hot water, and turn the disposal on for a few seconds to be sure all the food waste is cleared out. Clear drains by mixing equal parts vinegar, salt and baking soda. To deodorize your garbage disposal, drop in some lemon and orange peels.
Remove stains from the stove drips pans by using laundry detergent. Use a little toothpaste to remove black scruff marks from appliances. Rub water rings on your tables with petroleum jelly. Use a slice of lemon to rub off dried on eggs from tableware. To remove grease from inside an oven, put a small pan of ammonia in the oven over night with the door closed. In the morning, remove the pan and the inside grease should wipe off easily.
Clean your blender by filling it halfway with water and adding a few drops of dishwasher detergent. Turn the blender on and let it clean itself. Give your counter tops a new shine with club soda. Use a soft cloth dampened with white vinegar to remove water spots from stainless steel and wipe dry. Fill a spray bottle half with water and half with ammonia. It can be safely used on counter tops, appliances, and wastebaskets. Stubborn stains can be erased with a little lemon juice. Clean a microwave quickly by filling a bowl with water a squirt of lemon juice, boil the water so that steam fills the microwave, and wipe the surfaces with a damp cloth.
It’s also important to thoroughly clean cutting boards, which trap in bacteria and germs. Sprinkle salt on the board. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze half of the lemon onto the board. Scrub and clean. Use warm water to rinse off the lemon/salt mixture. Occasionally lightly sand wooden boards. Rub a small amount of olive oil into the board, but never immerse wood in water.