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Are you looking to save time and effort when cleaning the kitchen? Here are some time-saving and effective kitchen cleaning hacks, that actually work!
Cleaning the kitchen is my least favorite part of cooking, since it can feel like such a burden sometimes. I cook all the time, so naturally the kitchen is the busiest room in our house and the most difficult space to keep clean. When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, I’ll pretty much do anything that can save time.
Fortunately, there are lots of time-saving ways to make cleaning the kitchen relatively painless, so you don’t have to scrub away for hours on end. With these tried-and-true cleaning hacks, it takes me hardly any time to do a full kitchen cleanup on the weekends.
Follow these next time you’re cleaning the kitchen and it’ll save you time energy, and sanity!
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1. “Steam clean” the microwave
Dampen a few paper towels with water and a few teaspoons of lemon juice or white vinegar. Set it on high for one minute. The steam from the towels will soften the grime. Once the paper towels cool down, use them to wipe the entire interior.
2. Cleaning the drain
To deal with a slow running or smelly drain, mix half cup of baking soda with half cup of white vinegar and pour this mixture down the drain. Let this foam for a couple of minutes, then pour hot boiling water down the drain to flush it away.
3. Remove stain from coffee pot
To get rid of the stain on your coffee pot, add two tablespoons of salt, juice of one lemon and two cups of ice. Swirl the mixture around for about 2 minutes and those stains should come off.
4. Cleaning a scorched pot or pan
This used to give me the biggest headache, but not anymore! Instead of wasting time scrubbing off burnt food that has crusted on the pot or pan, just add half a cup of baking soda to the pot and add enough water to cover. Simmer on low for about 15 minutes, and the burnt on mess should scrub right off.
5. Use oil to remove oil
To remove the greasy gunk accumulating on a range hood or kitchen cabinets that sit over the stove, take some coconut oil (or canola oil) and rub it on the oily surface with a paper towel. Then spray with all-purpose cleaner and wipe until the surface is no longer sticky or greasy.
6. Gather all dirty dishes and soak with hot soapy water
As I am prepping a meal, I like to soak the dirty dishes like mixing bowls, cutting boards, and knives in hot soapy water to prevent food from drying and sticking. Once you’re ready to clean up, you’ll be able to load the dishwasher immediately. It’ll also make washing dishes by hand so much easier when you don’t have food and sauces dried up on your plates and bowls.
7. Clean and disinfect your cutting boards with baking soda
The cutting boards can easily trap bacteria and germs, so cleaning and disinfecting them properly is important. Sprinkle baking soda on the surface of the cutting board, then work it into the surface with a lemon or a gentle sponge dipped in a bit of white vinegar. Rinse the board with hot water and then wipe it dry.
8. Clean the tile grout on kitchen backsplash with toothpaste
To get rid of stubbom stain or scum, scrub the grout with whitening toothpaste (or mix your own paste with baking soda and water) using a scrub brush. Let it sit for a while before wiping it clean with a damp washcloth.
9. Clean the floor last
When I’m cleaning the kitchen, I like to work from top down. I start by wiping the countertops, stove and refrigerator, so anything that falls on the floor will get swept and mopped away at the very end. This saves so much time because you don’t have to clean twice.
10. Don’t forget the sink
Last but not least, the sink! It’s the part of the kitchen that needs a lot of attention because of all sorts of soap deposits, food stains, rust, and water spots. To clean, add a squirt of dishwashing liquid to a bowl of warm water. Dip a sponge in the mixture, and scrub gently.
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How do you save time cleaning? Do you have any kitchen cleaning tricks and tips to share?