Week 2 Cleaning Tips, Kitchen
Welcome to Week 2 of Daily HousecleaningTips. This week we will focus on Kitchen cleaning tips.
Sometimes our kitchens are neglected because typically, every day, we are wiping it down and doing the dishes, however, there is a lot more to the kitchen than the counters and dishes. I find it typically takes me a good hour to thoroughly clean my kitchen on Saturday mornings. Here is the order in which I clean my kitchen and then below that you will see some great Kitchen cleaning tips.
1. Start with watering your plants because if there is going to be an overspill, you surely don’t want the dirty water on your clean floors, counters or cupboards
2. I make sure that the dishwasher is empty and the drain mat is free of dishes
3. All appliances thoroughly cleaned including inside, outside, top, underneath and don’t forget the knobs
6. All other woodwork
8. Floors, hoover and mop
My order may differ from yours but you get the picture. I have learned many great cleaning tricks over the years and here are some I hope that you will find useful. Again, please feel free to share your cleaning tricks as well. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had a bible of sorts to follow to make our housework less daunting?
Microwave Cleaning – 2 ideas. Place a bowl of water with some lemon in it and cook for 3 minutes. Wipe it down. Smells great and any hard residue comes off easily. Another great idea is just to throw in a handful of wet paper towels and run it on high for 3-5 mins
Coffee Pot Cleaning– I learned this one as a kid working at a restaurant. Fill the carafe a quarter full of ice. Add some lemon juice from squeezed lemon quarters and then add 2 tablespoons of salt. Swirl the mixture in the pot for about 2 minutes and then rinse.
Cast Iron Pan Cleaning – As you know you should never use liquid dish soap on a cast iron pan and should never scrub with anything abrasive but if you want to maintain that seasoned pan, just use salt. If it will not rinse clean with water and a dishcloth, rub it with a few tablespoons of salt and a paper towel and rinse. Then add a new oil film by just coating the inside with a dab of cooking oil
Garbage Disposal Disinfectant – Clean and deodorize your disposal by just grinding some ice cubes made with half vinegar and half water.
Stone Counter Stains – Do you have some coffee or juice stains on your counters Just mix a little hydrogen peroxide in water with a few drops of ammonia and clean away. Do you have some small scratches? Use a superfine dry steel wool grade 0000 and buff them away
Tile Floors – Personally, I use a swifter but when I need to really clean my floors, I found that mixing baking soda and water makes a great cleaner. Just put a cup of baking soda with 2 gallons of water into a mop pail and then mop or wipe down your tile backsplash.
Wood floors – I love a shiny floor. Not everyone does but having a shine on my wood floors is VERY important to me. There are a lot of products out there on the market but honestly, vinegar works!! Just mix 9 parts warm water to 1 part white vinegar and then mop the floor. No streaks! No lines from wax!! It is amazing.
Painted walls – Yes, we all get splatter on our walls. The easiest way is just simply to use some dishwashing soap mixed with water and then rinse. My cupboards are painted white so it works great
Cupboards – see above for painted cupboards and for wood cupboards, I swear by Murphys Oil soap
Above the cupboards – If your cupboards do not go to the ceiling, you know how grimy they can get. I personally have plants on top of mine so I see the tops of the cupboards every week. I use waxed paper. Just line the top of the cupboards with waxed paper and replace as needed. You can also use paper towels. It is so much easier than wiping them down.
I know there is a lot of information above so take what you want and throw away the rest and most importantly, if you have some ideas to share, PLEASE do. We are always looking for more tips and tricks to keeping a clean home!