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18 The best kitchen cleaning tips and hacks that work

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If your kitchen is messy, the whole house feels messy.

You might have heard the saying that kitchen is the heart of the house.

However, cleaning kitchen is one of our less favorite task.

Even cleaning bathroom can be more pleasure than cleaning kitchen.

This article provides 18 the best tips and tricks to clean kitchen and keep it clean and spotless.

It can be difficult to keep your kitchen clean if you don’t have your cleaning suppliers on hand. Some people get a little too overzealous and they keep all their household supplies under the kitchen sink.

You don’t need to go there but you do need some essentials any dishwasher detergent or tables should live under there.

Vinegar, baking soda, your spray bottles whatever you make homemade cleaning solutions or buy cleaning stuff, cleaning tools and products are important to have on hand.

Make sure you have really good quality sponges and clothes but of course any time you store anything whether it is a product or a tool, you want to make sure that it is dry before you stick it under the sink.

Otherwise, it will start to get musty and mildewy.

 

  1. Keep sink spotless

 

When you walk into the kitchen if you see a dirty sink, it’s sets the tone for the rest of the kitchen, so always make sure that your sink is clean.

That means it is shiny, dry, and there is nothing in the drain catcher.

After there is no dishes in the sink, just sprinkle some baking soda in sink where you get that extra abrasion, so you can really scrape off anything that is ground into the sink whether it is dirt or oil without actually ruining the sink.

Also, throw a little bit of dish soap in there. The dish soap really helps to lift grease. That is the whole purpose why we use soap and use a double side sponge.

Use the scrubby side and just start your way at the top and swirl down to the bottom. Finish up in the drain and the drain catcher. Then crank the hot water and hose everything down.

The last step is to take microfiber cloth and buff that sink dry.

The combination of the baking soda, the sponge, the hot water and then buffing it – is great! You will really enjoy the work you’ve done.

 

  1. Clean your oven while you sleep

 

Forget auto-clean. This high-temp oven setting is known to set off the fire alarm and can leave your kitchen in a smelly funk.

Instead:

  • Fill up a spray bottle with a homemade solution of 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 cup baking soda
  • When the oven is cool, remove the grates and coat the inside with the solution, making sure to avoid the heating elements
  • Close the door and head to bed, letting the solution work its magic for up to 12 hours
  • When you wake up, clean the oven with soapy water and dry using a plush cloth.

 

  1. Squirt Some Dish Soap Down the Drain

 

Finding your drain a little slow?

Put a little bit of dishwashing soap down there and run the hot water.

Dish soap is formulated to cut through grease.

Usually that grease is on your dishes and cookware, but it can also accumulate in your drain/pipes.

 

  1. Polish a Stainless Steel Sink with Flour

 

If you have a stainless steel sink, the single best thing you can do for it is to polish it with flower.

  • Wash and dry the sink
  • Sprinkle the whole thing flour
  • Get to buffing.

You’ll be surprised at how sparkly the metal gets!

 

  1. DIY crevice tool

 

The right way to clean that little crevice between your countertop and your oven is to pull your oven out but it’s too heavy and too time consuming. There is easier way.

Use butter knife and a cloth and scrape whatever is stuck between that crevice and wipe it out with a dampened cloth.

It is super simple and it makes the difference. Try it!

 

  1. Strong glassware

 

This is about the way you store your cups, mugs and glasses when they just come out from dishwasher or when you finish hand wash them.

This tip might be a highly debated topic.

The right way to do it is to store them upright.

The reason why this is the right way is because it allows for a proper circulation.

Let’s say, there is moisture left behind in the glass once it comes out from the dish washer.

If you store it upright, at least you can be sure that their circulation and everything will dry out. You don’t have to worry about any warping or damage on the actual shelf.

The reason why some people like to store their glasses upside down is to prevent from falling in the glass whatever it is dust or bugs.

If you have an open-air shelf, it is actually not a bad idea but if you store glasses in a cupboard in an enclosed space, it is fine. If dust or bugs are an issue, definitely store your glasses upside down, otherwise keep them upright.

 

  1. Wash in order of greasiness

If you hand wash your dishes instead of using a dishwashing machine and you fill a sink with soapy water, here is a good tip for you here.

Make sure that you clean your dishes, cutlery and cups in the order of cleanest to most greasy. Look through your pile and clean the cleanest stuff first working your way up to the dirtiest stuff. That way you keep the sink full of water as clean as possible for as long as possible.

 

  1. Hard water stains

 

Have a look under the head of your faucet and if you notice some crusty white orange build up happening there, don’t worry, there is a great tip for you here.

It is so easy to fix and it will look perfect!

  • Get a plastic bag, fill it with white vinegar
  • Secure the bag with the elastic band to the faucet head and leave it overnight.

It sounds very simple and it is that easy and simple. The result will amaze you.

It is not going to change the world but every time you come in use your sink, you look at it and it just helps your kitchen looks much cleaner because there is one less of yucky gross thing to look at and this is a passive easy job.

Little effort for a big payoff. What can be better!

 

  1. DIY grout cleaner

 

If you have a tiled backsplash, or you have tiles on your kitchen floor, you might notice your grout is particularly prone to getting dirty in a place like the kitchen.

You are spilling things, you are cooking, there is water going all over the place.

You have to be very particular about how you maintain and clean your grout.

The way that you can lighten or whiten your grout is to make a pace of two parts: baking soda to 1 part hydrogen peroxide.

  • Apply this with your cleaning toothbrush
  • Let it seat for a couple of minutes
  • Gently scrub

A lot of people don’t know this, but you actually supposed to seal your grout on a fairly regular basis.

If you do that, it creates a barrier, and your grout never gets that dirty. If your grout often getting dirty considerer to clean and seal it.

 

  1. Blender hacks

 

If you love making smoothies and soups in your blender, you know how crusty thing can get if you leave it even for few minutes.

Make a rule that after blending something, fill it up halfway with soapy water and pop it back on the blender base and blend for about 30 seconds.

Then dump out the water, give it a good rinse and let it air dry.

It sounds so simple, and the blender can do all the hard work for you. If you don’t let everything dry to the side of the blender jar, you will notice, it is so easy to clean.

 

  1. Kitchen laundry?

 

Kitchen requires laundry as well.

It is something that we probably don’t think about, because when we think about laundry we think about bedrooms and bathrooms.

Kitchen also has quite a few textiles that need to be washed regularly.

Your tea towels or your dish towels should be washed at least every other day.

If you have a rug, that one can be tossed in with your tea towels and the same thing goes for your oven gloves and apron because they can get straight up gross.

 

  1. Grease disposal

 

The easy way to rack up an expensive plumbing bill is to pour fat, oil or grease down your sink, waste master or flush it down the toilet. Please, don’t do that.

Instead, just get an old can, something like coffee can or chickpea can, just pour your grease in there and let it cool down.

You can keep it somewhere hidden under the kitchen sink and when it fills up you can dumb into your compost bin.

Then rinse and recycle whatever your vessel was.

You want to make sure you are not contaminating the waste steam in any way.

Another thing you can do is take a paper towel and wipe the grease out when it is warm but ok to touch and just throw that directly in a compose bin.

 

  1. Microwave cleaner

 

A great way to prevent microwave spatters is to get a little microwave cover for anything you pop in there.

If you don’t have one of those yet, don’t worry, you can get your microwave a little spa treatment.

  • Cut lemon in half
  • Fill the bowl halfway with water
  • Squeezing both halves of the lemon into the bowl
  • Put the whole thing in microwave for about 3-5 min
  • Remove that bowl carefully
  • Take microfiber cloth and wipe everything down.

The steam generated from the water plus that lemon oil mixed in there will make everything so fresh and so clean.

 

  1. Clutter black hole

 

Many of us keeping cleaning essentials under the kitchen sink.

It can be a fabulous place to store all your cleaning products there but really just keep it to the kitchen and get rid of the rest of the clitter.

It can be very easy to shove things there, but you can consider under the kitchen sink as a clutter black hole and the things you put there you will never know where they are anyway. Make sure you keep it minimal and keep it purposeful and everything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen can be stored somewhere else.

 

  1. Reduce dishes

 

Unless you are hosting people, I would recommend not to break out your nice serving dishes and instead have people bring their plates up to the stove when everything is safe and cool.

They can plate their own meals and then have a seat at the table.

This might sound like a small thing but when you think about like a nice dinner set up at a kitchen table with a family and bowls and plates and there is just extra stuff.

Then you going to rinse those serving pieces plus you have got to clean out the pots and pans so just keep it simple.

Or you can also bring your cooking vessels right to the table and put them on trivet if everybody at the table knows to be safe and make sure that they are not hurting themselves on your cooking vessels.

That is another great way to serve dishes without having to do extra dishes.

 

  1. Descale the kettle

 

If you are a frequent kettle user, you might notice that there is hard water builds up.

Kind of white crust growing inside of your kettle, don’t worry, it is harmless and its so easy to get rid of.

  • Fill your kettle up with white vinegar and boil it
  • Dump the vinegar down the sink
  • Give your kettle a rinse. Done!

It is that easy! It just goes away.

 

  1. Wood utensils

 

A lot of us don’t think about wooden cooking utensils the way we think about cutting boards, but they should actually be treated the exact same way.

Utensils would be hard washed after each use instead of put in the dish washer.

The reason this is because the water can wear down the wood as well as the heat when it goes into the dish washer.

It can make it brittle so if you want to negate all of this and keep your wooden utensils and cutting board in great shape.

Make sure you are applying a mineral oil or a board oil every four weeks or so.

That way you keep your wooden utensils looking nice and shiny but also water repellent which makes them safer to use and helps them last for longer.

 

  1. Declutter surfaces

 

Don’t treat your kitchen counters like a storage facility.

Instead have a few very specific pieces, like a plant or cutting board, with that aside keep your counter clear.

Don’t keep appliances on it or a lot of décor, don’t storage food on the counters.

The reason it is because it comes to overwhelming of a space and then kitchen is not functional, and it always looks cluttered and messy.
Use drawers and cupboards as a storage but not the kitchen countertop.

The kitchen will feel so clean and functional and enjoyable to be it.


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