Kitchen Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Converse to the fact that the kitchen is the space in which we prepare and consume food, it seems to have the uncanny habit of becoming the grimiest room in the home fairly quickly. The following kitchen cleaning tips and tricks will help you to lift kitchen grime and banish lingering odours without a significant amount of effort.
How to Lift Stubborn Grime on Kitchen Surfaces
What is that sticky, tacky grime that seems to continually accumulate on your kitchen counter tops and stovetop? The grime that builds up in this manner is quite simply cooking oil residue infused with accumulated dust particles. If you live in a polluted or particularly dusty area, this can start to happen within less than a week of your last kitchen cleaning. The solution? A microfiber cloth wet with boiling water; be sure to use dishwashing gloves so as not to scald your hands. The cloth constantly needs to be rinsed with boiling water in order to remain as hot as possible and thus melt the oil build-up.
How to Quickly and Effectively Clean Your Microwave
Your oven can effectively be cleaned with an oven cleaning chemical, but a harsh chemical cleaner is not necessary for cleaning your microwave. Wet about five or six paper towels, place them in the microwave and run the microwave on high for five minutes-the steam will soften the grime. Allow the towels ten minutes to cool down and then spritz them with a lemon-infused detergent or dish washing liquid, wiping the grime from the microwave and disinfecting it simultaneously.
How to Banish Lingering Kitchen Odours
To banish lingering kitchen odours, whether it be from a slightly pungent rubbish bin or a particularly strong-smelling meal that you recently cooked, dilute half a cup of vinegar in a litre of water and boil the solution on the stove for about half an hour, let it sit for a few hours, and then boil it again for half an hour. The vinegar may not smell particularly great whilst cooking, but it will clear the air of residual odours that may linger for a week otherwise.
How to Clean Your Sink and Drain
There is a reason why your dishwashing liquid is infused with the power of lemons-lemon is particularly effective at targeting food-related ‘dish grease’, which also happens to accumulate in your sink and in your drain. A cleaning sponge with a generous splodge of dishwashing liquid [not diluted as is normally the case when the dishes are being washed] should be effective for scrubbing your sink, but perhaps not entirely for cleaning your drain. For optimal drain cleaning, a solution of lemon juice and baking soda should be poured down your drain and left to do its magic for at least an hour before running water through the drain.