With Covid-19 still apparent in our lives and many people spending more time at home than ever before-giving your kitchen a daily deep clean has never been as pressing of a priority as it is now. However, just because you’re cleaning your home more frequently doesn’t mean you need to spend more time on that often thankless task, we’ve put together some clever kitchen cleaning hacks which will hopefully save you some time and energy!
Clean wooden chopping boards with lemon and salt
This is a great way of restoring stained wooden chopping boards to their former glory. All you need to do is chop a lemon in half and smear it liberally all over the surface, before leaving it for a few seconds and giving it a rinse. If it’s still not clean enough, repeat the process, only this time sprinkle some salt over the surface of the board first.
Disinfect your sponges in the microwave
You use your kitchen sponge to clean utensils, dishes, and even countertops. Unfortunately, according to a 2017 study published in Scientific Reports, doing so might be spreading millions of bacteria throughout your home. But it’s much easier to disinfect your sponge than you might have thought. If you put a damp sponge in the microwave for 90 seconds on full power, you’ll reduce the amount of bacterial on it by [up to] 99 percent.
Vinegar is acidic so it’s perfect to use anywhere where you want to get rid of smears and stains and is a must in kitchen cleaning hacks! Clean stainless steel by spraying distilled white vinegar mixed with equal parts of water and It’ll wipe out greasy surfaces, fingerprints and reduce limescale in no time, leaving you with shiny taps and mirrors.
You can also use it to get rid of the damp smell on clothes from your washing machine. With no clothes in the machine, pour half a mug of distilled white vinegar where fabric conditioner goes in, set it on a run at 90°C and follow up with a rinse.
Cleaning the cooking oil off your splashback is just one of the worst kitchen clean tasks possible. The annoying greasy film takes a lot of determination and grit at the best of times! Dust and other particles stick to the oil which makes it even worse but one of the best ways to combat this is with the use of more oil! Using paper towels dipped in mineral oil and then wiping away easily is more effective than soapy water as oil sticks to oil so this drags the gunk away – then you can go over again with your usual cleaning product.
Cleaning your microwave
We often forget to clean our kitchen time-saver, the microwave ovens, a much used appliance. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to clean this appliance. Slice a lemon into two halves and squeeze the lemon into half a bowl of water and drop the lemon shells into the bowl as well. Place the bowl in the microwave and keep it on high power for 3-4 minutes until the liquid comes to a boil. Allow it to stand for 5-6 minutes, so that the steam trapped inside helps fade food stains. Open the door and carefully remove the bowl. Now, take a dry clean cloth and wipe inside the microwave. If there are any stubborn stains, dip another cloth in the lemon water and scrub until the spot goes away.
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