The kitchen is one of the favourite rooms in the house for most people. After all, that’s where all the food and drinks happen and is often the starting point for nights of entertainment. It’s also one of the most used and abused rooms in the home.
With all that cooking and food prep going on, the kitchen is one room that really needs to be kept clean and hygienic. It’s also the room that’s going to suffer the most mess, with spills and detergents, fats and oils, wear and tear.
In this post we’re going to be taking a look at some very handy tips for effectively cleaning your kitchen and keeping it in pristine condition.
Cleaning That Dreaded Oven
We might love our baked dinners and every other delicious morsel an oven can provide us with, but not many of us look forward to cleaning that oven.
One sure fire way to help keep the oven clean is to wipe up any spills or oil splatters immediately before they get baked on. Sprinkling some salt on the spills will absorb them and make clean up easier. Once the oven has cooled, simply wipe clean.
Use Tea To Prevent Oils From Sticking
This tip has been doing the rounds for a while now, but it’s definitely worth mentioning here.
The trick is to brew up some tea that’s about 4 times the strength you would normally drink it. Tea is loaded with tannins, and when you make an extra strong brew the tannins are increased. It’s these tannins in tea that hold the secret.
Now that your tea is brewed, wipe it all around your stove top or hot plates. When fats and oils spatter onto these surrounding areas, the tannins from the tea prevent the oils adhering to the surface and make it a breeze to clean after you’re done cooking.
Another Tip For Stove Tops and Oily Surfaces
Okay, it might not smell awesome, but bleach is fantastic for dissolving fats and oils in the kitchen and it kills bacteria too.
Mix bleach with water in a spray bottle, roughly about 30% bleach and 70% water. Spray some on the oil affected areas and wipe clean with some paper towel. You’ll discover fats and oils are quite easily removed, even if they’ve been there for days.
Buffing Up Your Kitchen Sink and Stainless Steel
You have a number of options here. One of my favourites is to use a liquid Ajax or Jif, as these contain a very fine abrasive that will buff the surface of the sink or other stainless steel appliances without scratching.
Put a dab on a soft cloth and massage it into the stainless steel surface. Once done, wipe clean with a fresh cloth dampened with water.
Another tip is to use some vodka, although it could prove to be an expensive cleaning agent. Just soak some paper towel with the alcohol and apply it to the stainless steel surface. Very good for removing fingerprints.
You could also use a much cheaper version of alcohol to achieve the same result, and that’s methylated spirits.
After cleaning, wiping over your sink with some form of oil, such as baby oil, will protect it and make it gleam like new.
A Cool Trick For Cleaning Range Hoods
First remove the material filters and give them a good wash in hot soapy water. While they’re drying, it’s time to tackle the metal surfaces of the range hood and get rid of that ugly oil build up.
What’s the easiest way to do it?
Believe it or not, with a hair dryer.
No, the hair dryer doesn’t technically clean it, but once you blast the range hood with hot air, the built up grease heats up and softens. All you need to then do is wipe most of it off with some paper towel, then give the surfaces a wash with warm soapy water.
Add a Touch of Citrus
Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and limes, smell deliciously fresh and make for fantastic natural air fresheners and deodorisers. You can use citrus to permeate the air in your kitchen and you can also use it inside your fridge to keep it smelling pleasant.
You can either use real fruits for this purpose, or you can employ citrus oils, such as the type you burn in diffusers.
Either way, you’ll have your kitchen smelling wonderful in no time.
Baking Soda Can Be Your Best Friend In the Kitchen
Baking soda has many cool uses besides cooking. For starters, it can help keep cockroaches and other critters from taking up residence beneath the kitchen sink or in the pantry.
A second use is to place some baking soda in a small bowl and keep it inside your fridge. It’ll absorb odours, preventing your fridge from smelling foul. Simply replace the baking soda every so often with a fresh batch and your fridge will remain odour-free.
Another common use for baking soda is cleaning. Mix with a little water to form a paste and use this to clean your sink and around the stove area.
For cleaning wooden cabinets, blend the baking soda with some hydrogen peroxide to bust through any built up grime without harming the surface.
Cleaning That Kitchen Floor
The kitchen floor can certainly take a pounding with all that cooking and food preparation going on. There are always bound to be spills and splatters too.
Before hitting it with the mop, grab that spray bottle with the bleach and water mixture and spot spray any stained areas on the floor. The bleach will help soften them up before you mop.
When you do mop, no matter what you use as a floor cleaner, always fill your mop bucket with very hot water. Not only does really hot water work better to remove grime and oil, but the floor will also dry so much faster.
Getting Rid of Sticky Dust
Dust mixed with oils creates that sticky, hard to wipe off dust that tends to form on the top of range hoods, the top of the fridge and even on your overhead kitchen cabinets.
One way to easily remove it is with the bleach/water spray bottle mixture as the bleach with dissolve the oils, allowing you to remove the dust.
Another option is the baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide method. It’s also very effective for removing this sticky dust build up and it smells better than bleach.
Vacuum the Cupboards and Pantry
It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to suck up dust, dirt and crumbs. Depending on how soiled they are, you may not even need to remove most things from the cupboards or pantry to get rid of most of the debris.
For a more thorough clean, take everything out, vacuum, then wash the shelves with some warm soapy water and then rinse with a fresh cloth. Allow to dry before putting everything back in.
The Garbage Disposal
These can really fill up with grime, and that’s something that definitely builds up on the underside of the rubber cover.
To clean the rubber, get an old toothbrush and some baking soda turned into a paste by mixing with water. Give it a good scrub to remove the grime and slime. You can also use this method for the rest of the disposal.
Once cleaned and flushed with some fresh water, you can improve the smell of the garbage disposal by tossing some citrus fruit into it and turning it on.
Now, here’s another interesting hack. You can actually sharpen your garbage disposal’s blades with ice. That’s right, just put some ice cubes in it and switch it on. It’ll chop up the ice and sharpen the blades in the process. The same trick can work for blenders too.