We’ve shown you our bathroom cleaning hacks, but what about the kitchen? The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house. It’s a place where we cook, eat and even socialise (because everyone hangs out in the kitchen at parties). As such it can get quite dirty if you don’t stick to a regular cleaning schedule, and it’s highly important that you do clean regularly anyway as you’ll be eating things that have come in content with kitchen surfaces. Thankfully home hacks apply here just as much as they do in the rest of the home, and the following tips may just save you from putting in too much elbow grease whilst also giving you better results.
My One Important Cleaning Tip
The one tip that I try my utmost to follow is to clean up as you go. This tip can apply to any room in the home, and it follows the simple methodology that leaving things until later will make us less likely to do them. I know the feeling; it’s coming home from a hard day at work and not wanting to scrub down the hob after you’ve finished cooking. It can be tempting to just call it a day and put your feet up in front of the TV, but that job is just going to linger there until you finally get up and go to do it with a groan. I’ve left dishes in the past because I was tired and wanted to go to bed, but in the morning I’ve come down to plates that require a lot of scrubbing because the beautiful sauce my partner crafted has solidified into something harder than stone.
One reason we don’t want to wash the dishes, for example, is because we become intimidated by that large pile of dirty dishes you’ve amassed after cooking your latest complicated creation. To get round this you should simply clean them as you go along. Are you waiting for a pan to boil? Wash up those bowls you used to mix something earlier and no longer need. Food in the oven for 20 minutes? Wipe down the surfaces you’ll no longer be using.
Getting jobs down in small increments is a lot easier than doing it all at once, especially when your belly is full of that delicious lasagne you’ve just devoured.
1. Quick Food Blender Cleaning Tip
We use our blender quite a lot, mixing up liquid concoctions that involve a variety of fruit and ice cream. After we’ve poured it into glasses and enjoyed a notch towards our five a day, we’d normally have to take the pitcher over to the sink and begin the troublesome process of getting it clean. There’s no need to do it the traditional way though; use this quick tip instead.
Simply take the pitcher over to the tap, adding about a quarter of water followed by a squirt of washing up liquid. Take it back over to the blender, putting it on top and making sure you’ve put the lid on. Run the blender for about 20 seconds, before emptying it in the sink and giving it a quick rinse. It should be sparkling clean!
2. Clean Stainless Steel Using Flour
I once arrived at my grandma’s home to find her putting flour all over the sink. I asked her what she was doing and she replied that she was cleaning the sink, leaving me more than a little puzzled. Thankfully I quickly found out that she wasn’t going crazy and actually had a pretty good home hack to teach me. Applying dry flour to stainless steel, such as sinks and oven hobs, will get it looking nice and shiny.
All you have to do is apply dry baking flour to a rag. Use that rag to buff into the stainless steel, putting as much elbow grease as you can into it. Next simply rinse it and it should be left with a good shine. Then make a cake, just to celebrate!
3. Use Baking Soda to Clean the Oven
As I’ve already noted on this blog I think that baking soda is a godsend when it comes to deep cleaning. One area I love to use it is when it comes to cleaning the oven – a task that isn’t at the top of the majority of people’s lists. The beauty of using baking soda is that it’s chemical free, so you don’t have to worry about wearing gloves or breathing in any fumes.
The first thing I do is to fill any openings in the oven with foil, so that the paste I’m about to make doesn’t slip through and end up staying there for eternity. Next I put baking soda on all the areas at the bottom of the oven that are dirty. Given that I tend to forget about cleaning my oven a lot it will probably be a fair share of it! Next pour or spray small amounts of water on to the piles of baking soda, so that it foams a paste. Leave it to settle overnight.
In the morning you should be able to scrape off the paste using a damp cloth, or if the paste is thicker with a spatula. Bits of previously burnt and stuck food should swipe off easily now. You may get the odd stubborn bit of stain, but you can repeat the process a second time, adding more baking soda on these areas. Rinse when finished and you’ll have an oven as clean as a whistle.
4. Easy Ways to Clean a Microwave
I don’t actually have a microwave at the moment; we get by with an oven, grill and hob instead. That said I do remember having to clean the microwave at my old house when my noodles inevitably exploded. I’d scrub for about half-an-hour until it was clean, and while I came out with a nice clean microwave I’d also come out with an aching arm too. Thankfully I’ve found a much easier way to get that job done, courtesy of Reader’s Digest.
All you have to do is place wet paper towels around the inside of a microwave, before running it on high for around 3-5 minutes. As the microwave goes through its cooking cycle, the steam from the wet towels will help soften the grime of weeks old food stuck there. After the cycle has finished, wait for the paper towels to cool down before removing. The grime can then be easily wiped away with a cloth and a bit of dishwashing liquid.
Another way of doing it (which will also deodorise the microwave) is to place a cup of water and ½ cup of lemon juice into a microwaveable measuring cup or bowl. Run the microwave for about three minutes, before leaving the solution inside to sit for about 5 minutes. While this also helps loosen any grime inside the microwave, it also leaves it smelling fresh and sweet.
5. Using Vinegar to Clean a Coffee Maker
Once I’m done cleaning my kitchen I love to sit down with a nice cup of coffee made with my coffee maker. Unfortunately cleaning it is not always at the forefront of my mind, although I do try my best to give it a good clean every 2-3 weeks. To do this I turn to the magical cleaning solution of vinegar.
For this I use distilled white vinegar, adding about 2 cups to a measuring pitcher along with another 2 cups of tap water. After doing this you need to remove any old filters from your coffee machine and place a new filter in the filter basket. Pour your solution of vinegar and water into the coffee maker’s reservoir and turn the coffee maker on, letting it go through one of its brewing cycles. It’s probably a good idea to point out that the coffee pot needs to remain underneath the filter as normal; otherwise you’d end up with a very wet surface!
After the cycle has finished, remove the filter and let the water in the pot cool. When it’s cooled enough to handle, take it over to the sink and use the solution inside the scrub the coffee pot with a sponge or cloth. Take particular care to concentrate on areas stained by the coffee, putting in the elbow grease for those stubborn areas. After doing this empty the pot and rinse it out, before filling it up again with clean water. Take the now filled pot over to the coffee maker, add a clean filter and pour the water into the reservoir again. Place the pot back underneath and run the cycle. I also repeat this process a second time to ensure that all the vinegar has been washed out of the coffee maker.
Keep your eyes peeled for more kitchen cleaning home hacks in the feature, and feel free to send your own in. We’ll feature the best here on the blog!
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