Most people want to keep their kitchen as clean as possible because we all prefer to eat non-contaminated food. But at the same time, the kitchen gets dirty so easily from all the new recipes you’ve been trying. No one wants to spend all evening preparing a tasty meal, cleaning, and then calling it a day. That is no way to live!
Here are some simple kitchen cleaning hacks to keep your kitchen clean as a whistle!
Lime Scale-Free Kettle
I’m an avid tea drinker and have 3-4 cups daily, so my kettle gets a lot of use. After time, you start to notice some nasty stuff at the bottom and near the spout. Easily clean this by pouring ½ cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water. Let it come to a boil and it’ll look new again. Boil one more cycle of just water to eliminate any of the vinegar-iness from the kettle.
Do you work at an office where no one ever cleans stuff? And the bottom of the kettle looks like someone poured in some concrete and let it dry? Don’t worry! You’ll probably have to do two cycles of vinegar to bring up that lime scale. And if you’re really annoyed, maybe don’t leave a note that you’re boiling vinegar (muhahaha!).
Reheating that delicious lasagna in the microwave will only take a minute but will splatter all over the walls. It’s inevitable – your microwave will get dirty. Easily clean it by microwaving a bowl of water for 2-3 minutes. The steam will loosen the gunk and just wipe it down.
If you’re a fan of repurposing, just use the water from cleaning the kettle. It’s already piping hot, so just pour it into a bowl and let it sit in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Gleaming Stainless Steel
Just like with dark furniture, you see all the dirt and marks on stainless steel. To get that glistening shine, pour a dollop of olive oil on a cloth or paper towel and give it a good wipe down. All the fingerprints and other marks will wipe right off without any toxic chemicals.
Smelly Garbage Can
There are two putrid smells that can make me gag and smelly garbage is one (you don’t want to know the other). To absorb some of the stink, sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom of the garbage.
Don’t feel like all that effort? Toss a dryer sheet or two at the bottom of the can.
Don’t feel like that either? Well then I commend you for even getting out of bed this morning, you sloth. Enjoy your smelly garbage can.
Dirty & Crusty Oven
I cannot stand a dirty oven because whenever you bake something, you get that big ole burning stink. And each time, your significant other will say, “Hey you’re burning something in the oven.” No, technically I’m not. It’s from the pizza you heated up last week and the oil dripped all over the bottom.
Whatever the cause, cleaning the bottom can be a nightmare. To tackle this, there are a few cleaning recipes.
- Put a bowl of ammonia in the oven overnight and wipe clean the next morning.
- I don’t keep ammonia in the house, so I use a mixture of ¼ cup vinegar and ⅓ cup baking soda. Make into a paste and pour onto the bottom of the oven. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wipe clean with a warm, damp cloth.
- Building off #2, add an additional 4 drops of dish soap, 1-2 Tbs of salt, and squeeze in some juice from half a lemon (don’t use the whole wedge). Pour it onto the bottom and let it sit for 30 minutes. Take the lemon half and scrub in circular motions then wipe if all off with a warm, damp cloth.
Organize Your Pantry
This one will take some extra time, but sort out your pantry and get rid of what you don’t use or that is old. Although when I say get rid of, I don’t mean in the garbage. Toss it into your green bin/ compost or donate to a food bank if it’s not expired.
Stock up on some pantry staples so that on lazy days or when you haven’t been to the grocery store, you can still make a meal with a few simple ingredients.
And the easiest hack? Crack a window and get some fresh air into the joint.