Admittedly, not everyone enjoys cleaning their kitchen. It does look great when it’s all sparkling and gleaming - but who really wants to be putting on the rubber gloves and getting stuck in with some elbow grease?
Here are some practical kitchen cleaning tips that will help to keep your kitchen in tip top shape. These tips will ensure your doors, tiles, worktops, sinks and everything in between looks brand new, without spending hours every week dealing with tough stains.
Revitalise your Cupboards
Kitchen cupboards are often forgotten about when it comes to cleaning tips for your kitchen. They can be hard to clean, so people tend to avoid them (which means that the dirt and grime builds up leading to a much tougher cleaning job!).
Wiping down the cupboard doors with a soft wet cloth isn’t enough, don’t neglect the inside. The inside of your cupboard can get incredibly dirty if it is not cleaned properly. One of the most useful cleaning tips is to empty your cupboards on a regular basis, throw away anything that is out of date (this might seem like common sense, but most people simply shove it to the back and forget about it). Using an old toothbrush with cleaning solution to reach into the edges, and then use a wet cloth to do the rest. This should have your cupboards looking good as new in no time at all.
Tackle that Pesky Oven
Everyone, and we mean everyone hates cleaning their oven. Some people do find it weirdly satisfying, but on the whole it isn’t up there for favourite household chore.
How many hours have you spent in front of your oven, armed with a bucket of soapy water and a hard sponge with little to no luck? Baking soda is the answer here! Mixing 4 tablespoons of baking soda with water, then let this concoction sit on the inside of the oven for a while. The next step is to rub it off with warm water and a sponge. If the inside of your oven is particularly dirty (don’t worry, we've all been there) add some more baking soda to create a paste.
For your oven racks, this should be super easy - soak them in some warm water and a cleaning solution and the dirt and any burn marks should come off effortlessly.
Grease Getting You Down?
White vinegar is going to be your new best friend when it comes to dealing with grease in your kitchen. Tough to remove stains on dishes and grease can take some serious effort to remove - but there is a solution.
Fill your sink with hot water, add your usual washing up liquid and then add 3 or 4 tablespoons of white vinegar. The vinegar helps to get rid of those tough stains and it is a much better option than using a harsh cleaning solution.
Get Rid of Those Bad Smells
Ever walk into your kitchen only to be hit with a whiff of a bad smell? The bin is empty, and the food in the fridge is still fresh, so what is causing the stink?
Your sink could be the culprit here. To clean your plug hole, put one cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar down it, and then wash it away with boiling water from your kettle - this should do the trick for any lingering smells.
For stains in the sink, use the juice from half a lemon and mix with a borax substitute. This will create a paste that you can then apply to your stainless steel or porcelain enamel sink and then rinse off with a sponge and some fresh warm water.
Clean Those Wooden Surfaces
Wooden flooring or kitchen units can look amazing, but they also trap a lot of bacteria, this leads to stains and a lot of dirt that can be a challenge to remove.
Baking soda is your cleaning weapon of choice here, use half a cup mixed with warm water and apply with a soft sponge to remove those annoying stains and discolouration on your lovely wooden surfaces. Baking soda is a super effective way of lifting grime and dirt and is a lot less harsh than using chemicals. Finish off the process by rinsing off with clean water and a soft cloth for the best results.