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The kitchen is one of the grimiest places in most homes. With grease splatters, baked-on oil, sink clogs, and more, cleaning your kitchen can feel like a full-time job! These Brilliant Kitchen Cleaning Hacks will make cleaning your kitchen so much easier, and since we’re all about Green Cleaning Hacks, you know these methods are all-natural to keep your family safe and clean without dangerous chemicals!
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Genius Kitchen Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know
1. USE LEMON + SALT TO CLEAN CUTTING BOARDS
Cut a fresh lemon in half, dip it in coarse salt, and use it to scrub dirt and stains from wood and plastic cutting boards with ease. The acids in lemon juice break down grease and grime while the abrasive action in the salt scrubs the board clean.
2. KEEP YOUR FRIDGE ODOR-FREE
Put a box of baking soda on a shelf in your refrigerator to neutralize odors. Replace every month.
For more ways to make your refrigerator work for you, check out Top 10 Refrigerator Organization Hacks.
3. CLEAN YOUR GLASS STOVETOP WITH 3 INGREDIENTS
Squirt natural dish soap on your stovetop, then sprinkle some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide on top. Use a scrub brush to mix the solution together, and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping clean.
4. REMOVE GREASE FROM CABINETS
Mix 2 tablespoons of natural dish soap with 2 cups of warm water. Following the grain of the wood, scrub the cabinet with a clean cloth. Wipe away any remaining soap with a clean sponge and warm water, then dry with a clean towel.
5. RUN YOUR BLENDER
To clean your blender without taking it apart, just add hot water and dish soap or lemon juice to the canister, and run the blender to remove food particles with almost no effort. You’ll still want to take the canister apart from time to time to give it a deep clean.
6. DEEP CLEAN YOUR DISHWASHER
Run a cup of white vinegar through an empty dishwasher cycle at least once a month to remove stuck-on dirt and grime built up over time.
7. SCRUB THE DISHWASHER TRAP WITH A TOOTHBRUSH
Use a toothbrush to remove buildup, then rinse the rest off in the sink.
8. REMOVE BAKED ON GUNK FROM YOUR STOVETOP
9. HOW TO CLEAN ENAMELED CAST IRON STOVE GRATES
Remove the grates from your stovetop, and place them in the sink. Pour boiling water over the grates to cut grease, then soak them in soapy water for 10-15 minutes. Rinse, and dry immediately.
10. STEAM CLEAN YOUR MICROWAVE
You don’t need to scrub your microwave clean – let it do all the work for you instead! Fill a small, microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup with 1 cup of water, and microwave for a few minutes until the water boils and gets steamy. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then easily wipe clean. The steam will soften even the toughest stuck-on messes.
PRO TIP: Add a splash of lemon juice or white vinegar to deodorize as you clean.
11. BLEACH AWAY TOUGH STAINS WITH LEMON
Rub lemon juice on stained cutting boards and storage containers to lift even tough stains like beets. For extra tough stains, let it sit out in the sunshine for an hour up to a whole afternoon. The lemon juice will react with the sunlight for a bleaching effect.
PRO TIP: Wait to store bright colored foods like tomato sauce until completely cool. Hot foods are more likely to stain.
12. MAKE COOKIE SHEETS LOOK NEW AGAIN
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13. SCRUB OVEN RACKS IN THE BATHTUB
The kitchen sink is far too small to clean your oven racks, so why not use the bathtub? If your oven racks aren’t very soiled, soak them in hot water and natural dish soap for an hour or overnight, then scrub and rinse clean. For really tough, baked on gunk, soak in a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide using the same method as the cookie sheets above.
14. CLEAN OVEN GLASS WITH BAKING SODA
Oven glass can be difficult to clean when you don’t know how, but this method makes it super easy! Simply make a paste with 3/4 cup baking soda and a little water, and apply it to the glass. Let it sit for about 20-30 minutes, then wipe clean with a damp towel.
PRO TIP: Pour white distilled vinegar over the glass to dissolve any baking soda left behind.
15. USE AN OLD TOOTHBRUSH TO CLEAN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL
Use an old toothbrush to scrub away old food and grime from your garbage disposal’s splash guard flap.
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16. KEEP DRAINS RUNNING SMOOTHLY
To keep drains in your home odor-free and running freely, try these methods: Run hot water through the sink after each use. Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain, and follow it with hot water. Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain, let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse with very hot water.
17. CLEAN A BURNED POT WITH LEMONS
Chop up a few lemons and place them into the burned pot. Fill the pot with water, and bring it to a boil. Once you start to see the burned spots floating around in the water, turn off the heat, let it sit until the water cools, then dump it out. Scrub away any spots that remain, then rinse and dry.
18. USE A LAUNDRY BAG IN YOUR DISHWASHER
Prevent small items from falling through the cracks of your dishwasher by placing them in a laundry bag inside of your dishwasher.
19. DESCALE YOUR COFFEEMAKER WITH VINEGAR
Fill your coffee maker up halfway with white vinegar, and run the brewing cycle. Once the cycle is complete, pour the vinegar out, fill the coffee maker up with water, and start the brewing cycle again. Run water through the brew cycle until the taste of vinegar is completely gone.
20. BRUSH CRUMBS AWAY
Use a pastry brush to remove crumbs from the tiniest cracks in your toaster.
21. BOIL YOUR GREASY RANGE HOOD FILTER
Make your range hood filter like new again without scrubbing by boiling in a mixture of water and baking soda.
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22. PICK UP BROKEN GLASS WITH BREAD
Press the cut side of a piece of bread onto cut glass to pick up shards without cutting your hands.
23. FRESHEN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL WITH VINEGAR + LEMON
Freeze lemon wedges with white vinegar in ice cube trays. Any time your garbage disposal needs freshening, pop a couple cubes in the drain, and run the disposal. The ice, vinegar, and lemon will remove gunk and leave behind a fresh lemon scent!
24. SANITIZE YOUR DISHWASHER WITH KOOL-AID
Fill your dishwasher’s detergent compartment with lemon Kool-Aid, and run a normal cycle. The citric acid content removes buildup.
25. CLEAN OILY SURFACES WITH… OIL??
Put a few drops of olive oil (or other vegetable oil) on a paper towel, and wipe the hood of your stove and other oily kitchen surfaces. Wipe the surface with a clean paper towel to pick up remaining oil and dust.
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