Most of us clean our kitchens everyday especially after we cook. But how thorough of a job do we do? How about the things we don’t usually think of? When you start thinking about the microwave, the oven, the burners etc, you start getting overwhelmed. The grease and grime that’s left untreated for weeks, even months, might be daunting.
It’s nice if you have help from a part-time or full-time maid, but if not, well, I hate to break it to you — you’re it! If you’d like to avoid these tasks for eternity, consider checking out Kaodim’s cleaning services.
Otherwise, fret not, we’ll help. These 6 brilliant tried-and-tested methods will help you tackle your kitchen with relative ease.
1. Gas burners
The stains on your stove top gas burners will be pretty stubborn if you don’t have the habit of cleaning them regularly. But here’s a trick!
- Remove the gas burners and transfer them into a plastic Ziploc bag
- Add 1/4 cup of ammonia and seal the bag
- Place the bag on a baking sheet and leave overnight (better to leave them outside the house)
- The burners do not need to soak, they only need to be exposed to the fumes
- Check the burners after, wipe them clean with a sponge with some detergent and rinse with water after.
Warning: NEVER mix bleach with ammonia, this will produce toxic fumes
Seriously, how often do any of us think about cleaning our oven? I for one have always been convinced that the high heat kills everything anyway. Even then, you can’t ignore how it looks.
- Remove the oven racks, thermometer or anything else in the oven.
- Next, combine a box of baking soda with water (you would need a large box to cover the whole oven).
- Slowly mix the water into the baking soda until it turns into a paste.
- Spread the paste all over your oven and leave it overnight to dry
- The next day, use a plastic scraper or spatula to remove the paste. Wipe it with a clean, damp cloth
You’ll need to remove all the food and drinks from your refrigerator. This is a good opportunity for you to finally get rid of all those expired items that have just been sitting there, forgotten.
Now, with just vinegar, baking soda and water, you’re ready to confront this beast.
Pull out all the shelves and drawers and place them in the kitchen sink. Clean with a soapy mixture of hot water and dish detergent, rinse and leave to air dry.
For the inside of your fridge:
- combine 1 part hot water and 1 part vinegar, and scrub thoroughly
- to remove stubborn buildups, use some baking soda or cream or tartar and work into the stubborn areas with a scrub
Take note: Avoid using soap or detergent to clean your fridge as the scent will affect the food
All you’ll need for this task is water and a lemon, which is a simple solution to loosen up any sticky splatters inside your microwave oven.
- Slice 1 lemon in half and squeeze the juices out into a bowl of hot water (or in any microwavable container)
- You can put the lemon leftovers together with the mixture in the bowl
- Microwave for 3 minutes, and then leave it undisturbed for the next 5 minutes. This will give time for the steam to work into the stains
- To finish, wipe off with a wet sponge and some dishwashing liquid.
- When you’re done, wipe with a clean, damp cloth
- Remove the filter and the filter tray at the bottom of the dishwasher
- Soak the two in warm soapy water and after 10 minutes, clean and rinse under warm water (do not use an abrasive scrub)
- Pour 1 cup of white vinegar around the bottom of your dishwasher. You can opt to put the vinegar in a dishwasher-safe cup and leave it on the top rack
- Turn on the deep cleaning cycle – the vinegar will break down the nasty buildups and deodorise the insides at the same time
- Once that’s done, put 1 cup of baking soda on the bottom rack and leave it overnight to soak up any remaining odour
- When ready, sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom of the dishwasher and run an empty cycle
And now your dishwasher is all freshened up and ready to go!
6. Stainless Steel Sinks
Using Baking Soda
- Sprinkle the baking soda evenly and scrub the sink with a sponge or brush
- When you’re done, rinse with water and your sink should look like new again!
Salt & Lemon Combo
- Get 1 lemon and roll it on a flat surface (a la Jamie Oliver) to get the juices out.
- Cut in half. You can begin by using one half first.
- To prepare the half lemon, cut 2-3 groves around the lemon with a knife – this will turn it into a ‘lemon-sponge’ and make it easier to use.
- Sprinkle a fair amount of salt around the sink’s surface area
- Use the lemon-sponge and start scrubbing the salt around to remove the stubborn grime
- Rinse with water to finish
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