Ten Tips to Really Clean Your Kitchen
Tired of having a filthy disposal drain, dirt on the cabinets and a whole lot of other problems that your cleaner cannot take care of? These simple and amazingly helpful tips will take care of these tricky stains.
1. Cleaning Burnt Pans
This will cut the scrubbing and scraping in half the time and leave your pans looking almost new!
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of water (give or take depending on the size of your pan)
- A burnt stainless steel pan that was left empty and unattended on a heated hot plate. oops!.
- A scourer, because I can’t find any way to avoid it entirely
- Fill the bottom of the pan with a layer of water.
- Add the vinegar.
- Bring the pan to the boil. It should be looking a bit cleaner already.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the baking soda. Expect fizz!
- Empty the pan and scour as normal; if necessary add an extra bit of dry baking soda.
- If there are any super stubborn marks that don’t come off with scouring, make a paste of baking soda and a couple of drops of water. Leave the paste on the marks for a while and return to clean as normal.
- Ta-da! Now you can put your feet up and enjoy the many hours you saved yourself standing over the sink.
2. Cleaning Dishwasher
This one is a bit weird, but really works. Run your dishwasher empty with a lemon Kool-Aid packet instead of dish detergent. It will clean the lime deposits and iron stains!
3. Keeping the Smells Out
Using a deodorizer or something lemon scented will get out the smell in your kitchen, but how about the next time you cut up onions or any other smelly vegetable? Grab your produce before you throw it away and put it into a ziplock bag and into the freezer. You can even help even more by using a newspaper in the bag; the newspaper will absorb the smells from the produce.
4. Cleaning Your Microwave
This can be extremely annoying if you bring the cleaning spray. Let’s take a more fun and easy route that will only take a little over 5 minutes!
- a bowl
- a toothpick (optional)
- Fill a microwaveable bowl with 1-2 cups of water and add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar.
- Put the bowl in the microwave and shut the door. Microwave the water and vinegar for 5 minutes.
- If your microwave is REALLY dirty, don’t open the microwave right away when the timer goes off. Leave the door shut for about two more minutes to let the steam continue to work. The steam will help loosen up caked on bits of food, and the vinegar will help eliminate any odors.
- When you open the door, be careful pulling the bowl out; it will be very hot! Remove the turntable tray (carefully, it will be hot as well) and wash it in the sink.
- Now just take a cloth or sponge and wipe down the inside of the microwave. The dirt and food will come right off!
5. Cleaning the Inside of the Stove
Combine a box of baking soda with water to form a paste. Fill any openings in the oven with foil. Avoiding bare metal surfaces and the oven door, spread it all over your oven then let it sit overnight. Use a plastic scraper or spatula to remove the paste, wetting as needed, then rinse with water!
6. Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances
Clean and shine stainless steel appliances with one tablespoon of cream of tarter with a few drops of water. Rub the milk-like solution onto the appliance and then scrub it with a sponge. Wipe it off with a damp paper towel and ta-da!
7. Cleaning your Wooden Cutting Board
This tip will help you clean that slab of wooden you’ve been chopping at for years. A few reminders though, try and use raw meat for the plastic cutting boards and don’t run it in water or a washing machine.
- A Large Lemon
- A handful of course grain salt
- Paper Towels
- Cut your lemon in half. Take one half of it in your hand and squeeze the juice all around your cutting board, using the lemon to spread it all around. The lemon juice naturally deodorizes those funky onion and garlic smells that may be lurking on your board. Discard the used half of lemon.
- Sprinkle course salt all over your board and squeeze the juice of the second lemon half on top of that. Repeat the process of step one by using the lemon to clean the board. The course salt scrapes all of the crumbs and dried bits off your board, as well as absorbing the lemon juice so your board doesn’t get too wet.
- Using paper towels, wipe the lemon and salt off. This may take a little while, depending on how much salt you used. Dampening your paper towel will help. When the board is salt free, stand it up on its side and allow it to dry completely.
- If your board is “finished” and already has a protective coating on it, you can stop here. If it is unfinished using oil a few times a month will protect it. If yours is the same, you will want to use a food-grade mineral oil or canola oil. Simply pour oil and use a dry paper towel to spread it all over the top and sides of your board, and you’re done!
8. Cleaning the Outside of the Cabinets
The grim and gunk is long overdue to be scrubbed off. Grab your old toothbrush, or an unused one, and scrub them clean with this trick!
- Vegetable Oil
- Baking Soda
- Mix one part vegetable oil and two parts baking soda together in a bowl with a spoon
- Grab the miracle cleaner and rub it against the door with either a cloth or your fingers (don’t worry it won’t affect you any).
- To get in those small cracks and corners, use a toothbrush
9. The Drain and Disposal
The drain contains a lot of messy food if you have a disposal. If you don’t, the rim around it needs to be cleaned as well.
Materials for both:
- Half Cup Baking Soda
- 1 Cup of White Vinegar
- Boiling Water
- Coarse salt, sea salt or rock salt
- 1 lemon
- Toothbrush (old/new)
Instructions to clean the drain:
- The drain needs a mixture of lemon juice and coarse salt around it.
- With your toothbrush, scrub and clean the lining the the sink, or the edges of the drain. This will bring up a lot of gunk that you can easily pickup.
- Wash and rinse and clean!
Instructions to clean the disposal:
- Sprinkle a half cup of baking soda down the disposal then add one cup of white vinegar. The mixture will fizz and make a bit of noise, allow this to work for a few minutes while you boil a kettle of hot water. Pour boiling water down the drain.
- Fill the drain with two cups of ice. Pour a cup of salt (rock salt is great if you have it, I improvised with coarse sea salt) over the ice cubes. Run the cold water and turn on the garbage disposal until the ice is gone. The ice/salt mixture will help loosen the grime and debris from the grinding elements.
- Cut a lemon or lime in half. With the water on and garbage disposal running, add the fruit halves, one at a time, to the disposal. The fruit will help clean and deodorize your drain.
10. Cleaning Your Blender
This one is very simple and a fun last one. Fill your blender up with some dish soap and some warm/hot water, give it a whirl, and then rinse it out. If your blender still is not clean, like maybe you used it a few days ago and left it out, then its time to hand wash or put it in the dishwasher (which is not as fun).