A kitchen can be difficult to keep clean, especially when there are many places and corners which can trap dust and unwanted crumbs. Whether the kitchen is large or small, keeping on top of cleaning can be tricky and time consuming for those who have a busy schedule. The cost of cleaning materials can add up, so to cut back on spends, here are some useful tips and green cleaning ideas, which are quick and easy for those who don’t have time to spare or lots of money to spend on cleaning their kitchen.
It can be difficult cleaning a microwave when food has hardened and stuck inside the microwave. To make cleaning easier, place wet paper towels or kitchen roll into the microwave and put on a high setting for 5 minutes. The steam from the towels will help soften grease and grime in the microwave, making it easier to clean.
Bicarbonate of soda is excellent for making your own green cleaning materials and when mixed with water it creates the perfect solution for cleaning dirt off surfaces, all you need to do is mix half a cup with 2 gallons of water. You can use this substance to clean tiles and floors in the kitchen.
After a period of time, a waste disposal unit can prove very difficult and awkward to clean. If you have a disposal unit which needs deodorizing and disinfecting, mix half water and half vinegar and place in an ice cube tray to freeze. Use the waste disposal to grind up the ice cubes, the acid in the vinegar will remove grease and get rid of any bad smells.
Lemons are also very good for green cleaning and can be used to clean a variety of things. Use half a lemon sprinkled with salt to clean any copper in the kitchen whether its pans or ornaments. This will remove greasy marks, as well as making the copper shine. They can also be used to clean stains from kitchen knives and cutlery.
For those who don’t have an oven that cleans itself, keeping on top of cleaning can prevent a build-up of dirt. An easy way to do this is to place the oven racks in the bath with half a cup of dishwasher detergent. Fill the bath with a few inches of water and leave for about 45 minutes to an hour. Once the time is up, rinse and dry the racks for a nice, shiny finish.
Burnt food stuck to a pan can be a hassle to clean, a simple way of cleaning after use is to pour water into the pan and place it back onto the hob to boil for a short while. This will make cleaning the pan easier, as the hot water will help break down the burnt food
Clean chef knives and strainers immediately after they have been used, otherwise they will become tricky to clean once they have been left a while.
Thoroughly clean out the fridge once every few months to prevent a build-up of crumbs and grime. Label all the contents in the fridge with the date the item was opened, as well as the best before date, to make throwing away simplistic. It will also prevent the fridge becoming cluttered with unwanted jars and out of date food.
Baby oil or olive oil is the perfect cleaner for removing finger prints or marks from stainless steel. Use a small amount on a soft cloth to remover the marks. The oil will also prevent new marks from sticking.
Keep your freezer smelling nice with an easy homemade freshener. Place some liquid vanilla extract on a cotton pad and place in the freezer. The vanilla will overpower any other smells which linger in the freezer.