Our kitchen is one of the most used rooms in our house. It’s the place where we prepare and cook our meals, sit down to eat and chat about our day. No surprise really, that it’s also the room that gets the dirtiest. If your kitchen could do with a good deep clean, keep reading because today I’m sharing some of my favourite kitchen cleaning tips with you. If you’re into cleaning without chemicals, check out this older blog post full of tips for spring cleaning with vinegar.
Choose an antibacterial worktop
Your kitchen worktops are the most used surface in your kitchen and an important part of your its overall feel. The right material can minimise the visibility of scratches and stains and also keep your kitchen a healthy place. Solid wood worktops as well as granite or quartz countertops, as seen on http://www.worktop-express.co.uk/solid-wood-worktops, are antibacterial and prevents bacterial growth. That said, you should still make sure to wash worktops before and after preparing food and wipe away spills immediately.
Make your own antibacterial kitchen cleaner by mixing one cup of distilled white wine vinegar with one cup of water. You can add a couple of drops of essential oils for a nice fresh scent, too, but this step is optional.
Change dishcloths, towels and sponges regularly
Dishcloths, towels and sponges are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so change them frequently or sanitise them by giving them a wash on the highest setting of your washing machine. You can also soak them in vinegar for 5 minutes. Ideally, you’ll have different dishcloths/towels for different purposes. You don’t want to cause cross-contamination because you’re using the same cloth for drying your dishes and wiping away meat juices, do you?
To give your microwave a chemical-free deep clean, simply add half a cup of water and the juice of one lemon into a bowl and pop it into your microwave. Let it run for 3 minutes before giving it a quick wipe-down with a clean dishcloth.
Cleaning tips for your oven
If you’re a bit like me and get a bit lazy with your oven, I’ve got the perfect cleaning tip for you. It’s really inexpensive and requires little to no elbow grease. Simply mix a paste of bicarbonate soda and water and spread it all over the inside of your oven. Leave to sit for about one or two hours and wipe your oven out with a damp dishcloth.
Your oven racks become squeaking clean again if you pop them in your bathtub with some laundry detergent and let them soak for a couple of hours. Grab a hard bristled brush, go over your racks and they’re looking like they’re brand new again.
Homemade sink cleaner
To get your sink sparkling clean and shiny at the end of the day, give it this quick and easy treatment every night. Mix some bicarbonate soda and an essential oil of your choice (I love lemon or peppermint because they smell super fresh) and sprinkle them into your sink, add some washing-up liquid and give it a quick scrub before rinsing everything off. Tada, squeaking clean and sparkling!
Do you have any cleaver cleaning tips up your sleeves? Share them with me in the comments below.
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