How To Speed-Clean Your Kitchen: Tried And True Techniques
Yes, we all know how important is to regularly clean our homes, but few of us know how to do it the proper way, especially when it comes to kitchen. Let’s be honest here, kitchen is the one room we should all be a bit OCD as it should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly. It is where where we cook, eat and where we spend at least half of the day, so it needs to be clean at all times. The guide below will help you clean your kitchen thoroughly, quickly and easily using tried techniques that have been proven as effective decades ago in a combination with some new tricks.
Cleaning the Cooktoop
A cooktop is the one appliance that seems to be the magnet for grease and grime. And, because there are different types of cooktops (glass top gas cooktop, ceramic cooktop, etc.), different cleaning techniques should be applied to each.
Ceramic/Glass Cooktop – When it comes to cleaning your ceramic or glass top gas cooktop, your only ally is baking soda. The cooktop must be completely cool before cleaning. Sprinkle baking soda on the surface, spray with vinegar and with a sponge or some synthetic scouring pad, gently rub the surface. Carefully rinse with warm water. When done, wipe down the surface with a dry cloth.
Baking soda is the ideal non-abrasive cleaning product that can clean anything. However, if you are not O.K with the idea, you can always try something new, just make sure it is non-abrasive as ceramic and glass top gas cooktop are prone to scratches.
Baked Enamel Cooktop – The best way to clean it is with warm soapy water after each use. You can also use other cleaning products, but once again avoid abrasive ones, as they will completely damage the surface finish. Drip pans, grids, knobs and reflector bowls can be also washed in a warm soapy water. Just make sure you rinse and completely dry them before use. In case you have a gas oven, use thin metal wire or toothpicks to clean the burner holes.
Cleaning the Countertops
For regular countertop cleaning, a mild dish detergent can do wonders. Clean the entire countertop by using a soft sponge, warm water and dish detergent. Let it sit for a while and then rinse with hot water and wipe dry with soft cloth.
Cleaning the Sink
The best way to get a shiny-clean sink is by sprinkling baking soda and a little bit of salt. This combination will completely clean any stain, grease and dirt, and will also remove any odor.
Cleaning the Appliances
As an extremely effective solution, baking soda can also be used to clean your kitchen appliances. It will clean any dirt, remove any odor and will bring back their exterior brightness. For this purpose, mix ¼ cup of baking soda with ½ cup of white vinegar in 3.5l hot water. Use sponge to rub the appliances, let it sit for a while and after that rinse and wipe dry with clean cloth.
Cleaning the Cabinets
Besides for cleaning glass top gas cooktop, appliances and sinks, baking soda can be also used for cleaning the cabinets. Make a paste of baking soda a warm water and rub the cabinets with a soft sponge. Rinse and finish with dry cloth.