11 Cleaning Hacks That Will Leave Your Kitchen Sparkling Clean

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Besides the loo, the kitchen is the most used part of every house, cooking meals, doing dishes, and this happens three or more times in a day. Cleaning might be very exhausting but these hacks make your job easier and faster. Beginning from appliances to shelves, these tips will make you look forward to weekly cleaning days.

1. Wooden Cabinets

Most Kitchen Cabinets are made of wood and they attract grease so easily.

This can get really messy and frustrating to clean but a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda does the trick.

The combination doesn’t only clean your wooden furniture and cabinets but also polishes them to give them a lustre and shine.

2. Kitchen Hacks for Cleaning a Microwave

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It’s easy for your microwave to smell of leftover food.

Creating a steamy environment in your microwave helps loosen these super-stubborn smells that tend to accumulate inside.

You can use vinegar, a very versatile cleaning agent.

It cleans, sanitizes, and deodorizes all at once!

If you are sensitive about the scent of vinegar, you can substitute with lemon, it serves the same purpose.

Steps for cleaning your microwave using vinegar

  • Mix either vinegar or lemon with water in equal parts, then place a wooden spoon into the liquid (the spoon ensures that the vinegar doesn’t overheat and explode)
  • Set your microwave for 5-10 minutes (depending on how powerful your microwave is) and turn it on.
  • Next, grab a fibre cloth and wipe the inside of your microwave.

The steam from the water and vinegar or lemon will have loosened up splatters and spills, so you can wipe the surfaces clean without scrubbing.

3. Stovetops and Burners

Hydrogen peroxide is the ultimate grease remover when combined with baking soda, this mixture will get grease and stains off your stovetops and burners without any stress.

Sprinkle the complete surface with baking soda and then drizzle with the peroxide. Watch as it fizzes and breaks down the grease stains.

Simply rinse and dry.

4. Kitchen Hacks for Cleaning a Dishwasher

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A dirty dishwasher cannot wash your dishes clean!

Using vinegar and baking soda to clean leaves your dishwasher squeaky-clean and rid of foul smell.

Set a small dishwasher-safe bowl on the top rack of your empty dishwasher, and fill it with white vinegar.

Close your dishwasher and run a complete wash cycle on the hottest setting.

Once the first wash cycle is done, sprinkle a handful of baking soda into the bottom of your dishwasher.

Run it through another quick wash cycle using the hottest water setting and you are done.

A tip to prevent small items from falling through the cracks of your dishwasher is to place dishes in a laundry bag inside of your dishwasher.

5. Tips for cleaning your kitchen sink

Baking soda works just as well for a sink cleaner as any regular cleaning product in the market.

Simply mix the baking soda with a bit of water or rubbing alcohol until paste forms and use a sponge or scouring pad to scrub it around the sink.

Rinse off with water and enjoy your shiny sink.

6. Leave your baking sheets sparkling new

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Every baking spree leaves your baking sheets with annoying brown, burnt-on residue.

Whoever thought getting it sparkling clean again will be easy?

Follow these steps to make your dirty baking sheets look like new

  • Simply mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup baking soda.
  • Put the baking sheet in a plugged sink, and cover it with the mixture.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour, then scrub it with a tough sponge or scouring pad.

7. Prevent your blender from smelling gross

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Not every amount of fruits and vegetable that go into the blender come out.

Some of them get caught between the blades and leave it smelling gross the next day.

To clean it without hassle, fill your blender with a cup of water and a few drops of dish soap.

Let the blender run for a few minutes on medium or low speed before dumping out the water, rinsing the blender, and drying it.

8. How to properly clean a toaster

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Toast bread is an easy to love breakfast but not when you have a dirty toaster.

Most toasters have a removable tray on the bottom called the crumb tray.

For the most part, you should be able to easily slide out the crumb tray. (If you can’t figure out how to remove the crumb tray, consult your manual.)

Turn the crumb tray upside down. Give it a good shake to remove any loose crumbs, dirt, dust, or debris.

Use a pastry brush or clean toothbrush to clean out the wires on the interior and wipe away any crumbs stuck in between the wires.

9. Cleaning a wooden cutting tray/chopping board

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Wooden cutting boards are porous and therefore stubborn with stains because the surface creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.

This hack, however, saves you the sweat and at the same time degreases and disinfects your wooden cutting boards.

You will need; half a lemon, a generous pinch of salt, several drops of water and a sponge that you can use to rub all the food particles off the cutting board

10. Cleaning hacks for your kitchen trash can

Nobody expects a trash can, especially one in your kitchen to smell nice, but this hack can get rid of the awful smell.

Add 1/3 cup of baking soda to the empty trash can and leave it for 3 hours.

Wash it with freshwater and get it dried as soon as possible.

This absorbs the moisture and odour for the next few days.

You can also use bleach as a natural disinfectant to remove germs as well as odours from your trash cans.

11. Dustpan/Sweeping Hack

This handy little trick will help you out with dusty floors.

Instead of using the dustpan after sweeping the surface, use a wet paper towel or a baby wipe to collect the dust.

Applying these kitchen cleaning hacks will make your cleaning routine fun and a lot easier.

A quick reminder that Baking soda, vinegar and lemon has tens of different uses as far as easy cleaning is concerned. So, always have them handy.

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