When it comes to cleaning the kitchen regularly, most of us do the dishes, wipe down the counters, and sweep the floors.
Although our kitchen may end up looking nice, this quick method of cleaning can still leave residue, and there still may be unwanted dirt and germs lingering in places we least expect.
To ensure that everything is in tip-top shape, it’s best to periodically do some deep cleans that can help maintain cleanliness and get rid of any bacteria.
If you’re looking for some clever ways to spruce up your kitchen, consider these six things you can do to give it a much-needed deep clean, without any harsh chemicals.
1. Do A Vinegar Scrub
Vinegar is a great all-natural, non-toxic way to clean up your kitchen. It can be used to wipe down metals, including stainless steel and silver, and it takes out any hard water deposits lingering on your sink. It can also clean things like the dishwasher, the coffee pot, keurig and even a blender.
2. Use A Lemon In The Garbage Disposal
If your sink or garbage disposal is smelling a little stinky, toss a halved lemon down the garbage disposal or rub a lemon wedge on your sink surface. The fruit can help freshen up and deodorize your drain.
3. Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda
No harsh chemicals are needed to get rid of that guck stuck to your oven. Instead, make a paste using a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water, and spread it all over the oven.
Let it sit over night, and then wipe down. Remove any baking soda residue using a vinegar spray.
4. Clean Your Cutting Board With Salt
Wooden cutting boards often get stained and are hard to clean, but you can wipe down your board using a lemon and salt. The lemon helps to deodorize, while the salt can help scrape off any unwanted residue.
5. Use A Paintbrush To Clean Your Toaster
Toaster crumbs can be difficult to clean, but use a small paintbrush or pastry brush to get those hard-to-reach places. Make sure your toaster is disconnected, and dip your brush into some water, using it to clean the crevices and other more complicated places.
6. Wipe Down Your Microwave
Lots of residue sticks to the sides of the microwave, and you can help get rid of it by putting some lemon slices in a bowl of water and microwaving for five minutes. Do not open once the timer has gone off, and let the bowl sit for an additional five minutes so the steam can soften up anything stuck on the walls. Carefully remove the bowl of lemons, and wipe up the sides with a cloth.
Do these cleaning methods every so often to ensure a sparkling and germ-free kitchen.
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