As modern people living in 2017, sharing information about everything is one of the major perks – INCLUDING kitchen cleaning hacks to save you time (and sanity).
Because let’s face it, cleaning the kitchen is no fun – especially if you love to cook often! After hosting a party or just months of late night grilled cheeses (no one’s judging), your kitchen can end up looking like a mess.
All that built up gunk and burnt on food can have you wishing for a magic wand to wave over the disaster for a spot-free kitchen in just seconds. While we can’t conjure up a magic wand, we can tell you about some super useful kitchen cleaning hacks that work.
Imagine your kitchen looking (and smelling!) like a page ripped right out of a Home Magazine. Sounds like a dream, right?
Here are 7 easy must-know kitchen cleaning hacks that will save you time, money, and frustration.
1. Clean your stove with baking soda, vinegar, water, and soap
There’s nothing worse than having to clean an oven by hand. Even if your range has the fancy option for a “self-clean”, it doesn’t mean it will end up shiny and crust-free.
Mix a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Scoop in some baking soda and drop some dish soap into the mixture. Stir until it turns into a watery paste.
Wipe it over all the surfaces in your oven and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
Then simply wipe your oven down and see how easy this pesky chore becomes.
2. Soak oven and toaster racks in water, dish soap, and dryer sheets
Yup, you read that right. Water, dish soap, and dryer sheets. Those sheets of goodness are useful for way more than making your laundry soft.
Run a sink full of hot water and dish soap. Throw a dryer sheet in the mixture and soak your racks in the solution for at least an hour.
This solution works for cleaning off burnt pans too, saving you from having to scrub at the gunk repeatedly.
3. Clean the microwave with vinegar and water
And by clean, we mean steam clean.
Mix a bowl of equal parts water and vinegar – and microwave it for 4 minutes. The solution will steam clean the inside of your microwave so you can easily wipe off all the splattered food.
(Be careful when removing the hot bowl afterwards!)
4. Sanitize your sponge in the microwave
You know how sponges can sometimes develop a nasty smell? That’s because bacteria and microbes are growing all over it (just like your trash cans…yuck!).
Throw your sponge in the microwave for 3 minutes and let it kill 99% of icky pathogens.
5. Fight oil with oil
When you touch your range hood, refrigerator, or cabinets – there may be a greasy, dusty residue all over everything.
Wipe everything down with oil (vegetable, olive, mineral, whatever you have). A little bit will do, but it makes removing that layer of dusty grease much easier.
Clean everything off with soap and water afterward.
6. Deodorize your garbage disposal with lemons and ice
If a funky smell is coming from your garbage disposal, throw some ice and lemon rinds down there before you flip the switch.
The lemons help deodorize and the ice keeps the blades sharp.
7. Zap trash can stink with baking soda and newspapers
When it comes to dealing with your kitchen garbage, stinky is not acceptable.
Spray down the inside of the garbage with a cleaner (either soap and water, or a pre-mixed cleaner). Then deodorize by sprinkling baking soda over the cleaner.
Let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Then scrub everything down with a sponge, rinsing the sponge as needed.
When you’re done, line the bottom with some newspaper or paper towels to help keep odors down and soak up random garbage juices.
Sometimes foul odors occur around our household that aren’t in the kitchen. One of the first stinky places we think of is in your outdoor garbage can.
You can deal with it using the same kitchen cleaning hacks already mentioned – but if you’re reluctant to stick your head in there, let Clean Cans help you out with our convenient trash can cleaning service!