When it comes to house cleaning, we’re guessing you want to spend as little time as possible on this task. Read our list of cleaning tips to save time on cleaning your kitchen, and save money on house cleaning services.
Home Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen
How to Clean Kitchen Grease Stains on Clothes
Grease stains can be difficult to remove from clothes. Don’t let the oil sit on your clothes for long. Grab some baby powder, rub some powder into the spot immediately, let it soak up the oil, and then launder as normal. If you’re out of baby powder, white chalk is a great alternative. Keep one of these options on hand in a kitchen drawer for future coking stain incidents.
How to Clean Your Microwave
White vinegar is a very versatile house cleaner that you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets. To clean your microwave, pour some white vinegar into a microwaveable coffee mug and place it in the microwave. Turn it on for 3 minutes. Then dump the vinegar down the drain of your kitchen sink. Using a damp cloth, wipe down the inside of the microwave, being sure to clean the top of softened debris and oils.
How to Clean Your Backsplash and Oven Vent
Oven vents often develop a grimy film over time. This can also happen on the backsplash and on top of your microwave as oils coat the surface and get mixed with dust particles and other debris that splashes during the cooking process. Remove this grease with a paper towel. Just dampen the paper towel with mineral oil and wipe away. Once you’ve removed all the grease, wipe it down with a clean paper towel to dry the surface and remove any leftover residue.
How to Clean Your Oven
The pre-programmed self-cleaning option on your oven reaches temperatures so high that it can actually damage your oven. To take care of your investment, use a safer option. Pour a half of a cup of ammonia into a bowl and put it into the oven (make sure your oven is cool – do not turn it on). Let the bowl sit in the cool oven overnight and let it clean while you sleep! In the morning, use paper towels to wipe away the softened grime.
How to Shine Copper Pots
Copper pots (and other copper items or collectibles) can get dull over time with use. Get them back to looking shiny and new by dipping a cotton ball or swab into ketchup. Apply the ketchup, wipe it away, and then polish using a dry cotton cloth. This cleaning tip can save you money on professional cleaning services and new pots.
How to Polish Stainless Steel Appliances
Grab the can of WD-40 from your garage and spray it on your stainless steel fixtures and appliances. Rub off the spray with a dry cloth to leave the surface spotless and shiny.
How to Clean a Kitchen Sponge
Your sponge may be the dirtiest, germiest item in your home. Reduce the incidence of foodborne illness in your home by properly cleaning your kitchen sponge. Every other day, place your dampened sponge in the microwave and zap it on high power for 2 minutes. This is especially good to do after you or a maid has cleaned dishes with raw egg, vegetables, and uncooked meats. Microwaving the sponge this way can get rid of 99 percent of germs and bacteria. Just be careful when you’re removing the sponge from the microwave – give it a few minutes to cool off, as it will get very hot from the steam. Do not use this cleaning tip for sponges that contain metals. Another option is wash and dry your dirty sponges in the dishwasher. We bet your maid services use this trick at home!
How to Clean Your Blender
Immediately after use, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid into the blender and fill it up about halfway with hot (or warm) water. Put the lid back on and blend for ten to fifteen seconds (be careful, the suds can overflow if you turn your back!). Pour out the water and rinse well to remove any soapy residue.
How to Clean Pots with Burnt-On Food
Rice, oatmeal, beans, pasta, and other foods can all bake on to your pots and feel almost impossible to remove. If you’re having this problem, don’t worry – we’ve got your covered. Rinse out your cooled off dirty pot, grab a dryer sheet from your laundry room, throw it into the pot, and fill the pot with water (at least up to the level of the grime). Let this sit overnight (be sure the pot is sitting on a cool surface). In the morning, use the dryer sheet to wipe the sides and bottom of the pot and easily remove the burnt-on food. Use this cleaning tip so your maid service doesn’t have to spend much time at your kitchen sink.
How to Clean Wood Cutting Boards
Have you been using soap and water on your wooden cutting boards? Try this cleaning tip instead. Wipe the surface down with white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant. Next, sprinkle some coarse salt on the surface of the board and use a half of a lemon to rub it in. Squeeze the lemon a bit first to add some juice to the board. This helpful cleaning tip will remove stains and get rid of odors quickly. Wipe the board dry and let it air out. Once the board is completely dry, rub a bit of mineral oil into the wooden board to keep it in good shape.
How to Clean A Cheese Grater
If your cheese grater is getting dingy and hard to clean, grate an apple or a potato to fresh up the metal and remove any leftover dried cheese bits that have caked on.
How to Clean Small Appliances (e.g. Toasters)
Grab a sponge and dampen it, then add a pinch of cream of tartar to it. Use this cleaning tip to scrub the dirty exterior of your small appliances. The cream of tartar contains citric acid, which helps dissolve the greasy film of oil and dirt from your toaster and other small appliances.
We love to share cleaning tips to save you time and money. Check out more of our cleaning tips for your home, office, and electronics on the Wireless Wipes blog.
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