Okay let’s face it, there are two types of people when it comes to cleaning kitchens; there are those that hate it and those that can’t get enough of that rubber glove look! For many of us the monotonous task of cleaning our sculleries is nothing but gruelling hard-work and to some extent pointless, especially if you have kids!
But for others, including the team here at Number One Kitchens, nothing pleases us more than the sight of a spick and span pan draw and everything else behind it! Oh, there’s nothing better than a worktop deep-clean, or a cupboard clear out and, perhaps even better, a dishwasher rinse!
So to satisfy all you fellow clean freaks and to motivate all you kitchen cleaning slackers, we’ve brought to you our top ten kitchen cleaning hacks and recommendations.
You do not always have to opt for harsh cleaning chemicals or any more elbow grease with this handy grime busting hack. Simply place around half of a cup of ammonia in a bowl and put inside your oven (cold). Do not switch the heat on, just let it rest overnight and when you wake up the next morning you can simply wipe the grime away with paper towels. This is a great trick if you do not possess an oven with a self-cleaning function. Even for those that do, temperatures can reach such high levels in the cleaning process that it can actually damage the interior.
The same principles apply to your microwave, only without the ammonia. Instead, pour a little white wine vinegar into a cup and microwave on full power for three minutes. Once the cup has cooled enough for you to handle it, carefully tip the liquid down the drain. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the gunk – without the use of any chemicals at all!
Stainless steel features and appliances bring a lot of style to any kitchen design and they introduce a modern touch too. They look great but they attract fingerprints and grub very easily. A lot of people ask us in our kitchen showrooms what is the best way of combatting this. You won’t believe us when we tell you, but try spraying them with a little WD-40 oil. Spray the appliance with a little oil and rub away with a clean cloth. Then stand back and marvel at the spotless shine!
Cheese graters are one of the most annoying utensils to clean! They are up there with burnt pans and blenders for sure! A quick way to spruce up your cheese grater is to grate an apple and then follow it up with a lemon. The apple will freshen things up and remove any bits of dried-on cheese. Then the acidity in the lemon will help you wash away any other bits of grime. Finish by using a little washing-up liquid and rinse.
Soap and water is not always enough when it comes to washing your wooden cutting boards. Bacteria can still be resting within the grooves caused by your knife marks and further below the surface. To disinfect the area first use vinegar, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Then sprinkle salt across the surface and rub this into the wood with half a lemon. The last part will also help to rid the board of any stains and odours. Then simply wipe dry. Using mineral oil and rubbing it into the wood will restore its new and healthy look.
We mentioned how annoying cleaning blenders was before, well we can show you how to do it in less than 20 seconds. It’s so obvious you won’t believe you didn’t think of it before. Fill your blender half way with warm soapy water and – you guessed it – blend! Simple! Blend the water for 10 seconds, empty out and then rinse. Job done! It’s almost like a mini-dishwasher.
White vinegar is like a little organic miracle when it comes to cleaning your kitchen. It has so many uses and so many different benefits, but on this occasion we recommend using it to clean your filtered coffee-maker. Pour half vinegar and half water into your coffee-maker’s water chamber and run a cycle.
Half way through the brew making process turn the machine off and let it rest for half an hour before finishing the cycle. Start another one if you cannot resume half way through a cycle. Once finished, run 3-4 plain water cycles to clean through the pipes and wash the basket in hot soapy water. Voila – a better tasting, germ free coffee!
We all have air vents in our kitchens – or at least you should have one! Yet almost all of us have to admit that we forget to clean this as much as the rest of our kitchen. But think about all that dust and horrible gunk that is being circulated around your room. You and your family could be breathing this in on a daily basis! There is a simple trick to avoid this, just wrap a thin damp cloth around a knife (not used for cooking or eating) and glide it across the vent openings.
Seeing to the cooking oil on splodged your backsplash 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. As daft as this may sound, one of the best ways to combat this is with the use of more oil! No kidding, use paper towels dipped in mineral oil and wipe away easily; at least a lot easier than with hot soapy water! Oil sticks to oil so this drags the gunk away – then you can go over again with your usual cleaning product.
This one is more a piece of advice and relates to your humble kitchen sponge. The kitchen sponge goes through some amount of hardship! Think about all those dishes and kitchen counter washes, it’s no wonder your sponge goes funky very quickly! Not only this, a damp kitchen sponge is also a great breeding ground for bacteria and germs. So after each use you should always rinse thoroughly and wring dry. A handy way to kill the bacteria is to microwave the sponge for a couple of seconds.
Do not keep the same sponge hanging around for too long though. Ideally, you should replace your sponge once a week depending on the usage. For instance, if you use your sponge to wipe away raw chicken residue, you should throw it away immediately after. Colour coding your sponges is a good way to avoid cross contamination all together. So you would only use one particular colour to wash dishes and another to wipe down surfaces etc.
That’s all from us folks! That’s the top ten kitchen hacks we have come up with between us here at Number One Kitchens. Come down and see us at any one of our kitchen showrooms in Manchester and you can see just how clean and tidy we like to keep our kitchens! Some of us may even have a recipe idea or two to share with you.
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