Cleaning Tips for your Kitchen
By Michael Douglas
It can be hard to keep the kitchen clean, but our time-saving tips can help show you how to get your kitchen sparkling with a lot less time and effort.
- To rid the yellowing from white appliances: Mix together 1/2 cup bleach, 1/4 cup baking soda and 4 cups of warm water. Apply with a sponge and let set for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
- To clean a greasy blender: Fill with a little hot water and add a drop of detergent. Cover and turn it on for a few seconds. Rinse and drain dry.
- To rid cutting boards of onion, garlic or fish smell: cut a lime in two and rub the surface of the board. You can also apply a paste of baking soda and water and rinse.
- To clean copper and brassware: dip lemon halves in salt and rub. A solution of vinegar and salt sprayed liberally will also do the trick.
- For a fast and thorough clean-up of the grater: use a toothbrush to brush lemon rind, cheese, onion or whatever out of the grater before washing it.
- Before washing a meat grinder, run a slice of bread through it.
- To open a clogged drain: either use a couple of denture tablets, or pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a kettle of boiling water. The grease will usually dissolve and open the drain.
- Following a spill in an oven or on a stove, sprinkle with salt immediately. When oven is cool brush off burnt food and wipe with a damp sponge or cloth.
- Burners of gas stoves can be cleaned by soaking them in a solution of warm water mixed with ammonia. Use a wire brush to clean the burner holes. Rinse and dry.
- Coffee or tea stains from plastic cups can be scoured out by rubbing with baking soda. Rinse and dry.
- To rid plastic containers of foul smell, place crumpled newspaper (black and white only) into it. Cover tightly and leave overnight. Wash and dry in the normal way.
- To prevent mildew from forming in a refrigerator, wipe with a cloth dipped in vinegar. The acid effectively kills the mildew fungus.
- After the freezer has been defrosted, coat the inside with glycerine. The next time you defrost, the ice will loosen quickly and drop off in sheets.
- To help eliminate odors in the refrigerator, fill a small bowl with charcoal and place it on a shelf in the fridge. It absorbs odors rapidly. An open box of baking soda will also absorb odors from the refrigerator for at least a month or two.
- For a sparkling white kitchen sink, place paper towels across the bottom of your sink and saturate with household bleach. Leave for an hour or so. Scrub and rinse.
- Spots on stainless steel sinks can be removed with methylated spirit or with white vinegar. Club soda can also shine up your sink in minutes.
- To renew and freshen a cleaning sponge, soak overnight in salt or baking soda water. Wash out in the morning.
- To remove lime deposits from a tea kettle, fill with equal parts of vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and allow to stand overnight.
- To keep a thermos flask free of foul odors while storing, wash with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry well in the sun if possible. Place a tablespoon of sugar granules in it and store.
- To remove rust from tin pie pans, dip a raw potato in cleaning powder and scrub.
- To eliminate strong or pungent odors from a microwave, heat four tablespoons of vanilla for a minute in the microwave and leave overnight.
- To remove the smell of burnt food from a pan, simmer a few slices of lemon in water in it.
- If a cup of coffee is placed in the refrigerator, it helps in keeping the fridge smelling fresh.
- To avoid strong smells of fish, garlic etc from filling up your home, place white vinegar in a small bowl next to the stove while cooking.
- To clean and freshen dusty artificial flowers, put them in a paper bag with a handful of salt and shake well. The flowers will look as good as new