Tips for Cleaning Your Kitchen
Cleaning the kitchen is one of life’s little chores that takes forever to get around to. You want to make your kitchen sparkle without all the expensive cleaning products and without immense effort. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the tricks you can use to clean your kitchen without a great time investment and without significant expense.
1. Cleaning Stainless Steel
Stainless steel can easily be stained by various household items. You can’t use conventional cleaners because of the risk of staining. There are cleaning products like Rock Doctor Stainless Steel Cleaner that will do the job, but for light stains some warm water and a cloth will suffice.
Also, with any cleaner you buy, check if you will also need to buy a separate polisher. Overall, the easiest way to clean stainless steel is to go over it with cloth and warm water on a regular basis.
2. Stone Countertops
For most common household stains on stone countertops, consider trying some hydrogen peroxide with water. Add a few drops of ammonia to increase the concentration and wipe away. Most juice and coffee stains will disappear within a few seconds. Deep staining might require some fine grade steel wool.
Blenders are always a pain to keep clean. Getting food and other liquids off of the blades is a difficult, and sometimes dangerous, endeavor. The easiest way to handle this is to fill your blender with water as soon as you’ve used it. Blend the water and it should remove most of the debris. This stops anything from drying and adhering to the blades.
4. Microwave Grime
Grime in microwaves can be removed by using an old lesson from science class. Place some wet kitchen towels in the microwave. Put the microwave on the highest setting for no longer than five minutes. The steam will leave the towels and will loosen the grime, which makes it easier to remove later on.
5. Coffee Jar
To get rid of those brown stains that come with a coffee maker that’s been well-used, you’ll need lemon, ice, and salt. Fill it with ice about a quarter of the way up and add the juice from the two lemon quarters. Finish it off with two tablespoons of salt and mix everything in. You’ll see the stains quickly disappearing. Rinse it out and you’re done!
6. Cast Iron Pans
Cast iron pans can’t be scrubbed with anything abrasive, and you can’t use conventional cleaning products. You need to preserve the nonstick surface. To do this, add some salt with water. Use a soft dishcloth to clean it. After you’re finished, add a few dabs of cooking oil to make sure it’s well-oiled.
7. Cheese Graters and More
To get rid of small pieces of food from cheese graters and all your various peels, keep a pastry brush to hand. It can clean both sides of the grater, so any peels and other implements that tend to retain food will be compatible with it. After you’ve cleaned out the worst of the food, wash in warm, soapy water.