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Over the years I have tried many cleaning methods, and this led me to the discovery of tried-and-true solutions to some of the most challenging cleaning tasks in the kitchen. Here are my top cleaning tips to make your life easier.
How to Clean Your Dishwasher?
First, pull the bottom rack out and examine the drain area; make sure there are no hard chunks that can plug the drain, cause damage to the pump, or scratch dishes. You'd be surprised at what dishwasher repair people find….bones, crab shells, chips of glass, even pieces of gravel!
Second, place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Using the hottest water possible, run the dishwasher through an entire cycle. Except for the cup of vinegar, the dishwasher needs to be completely empty. The vinegar will help wash away the loose, greasy grime, sanitize, and remove odors.
Finally, after using the vinegar to sanitize the inside of your dishwasher, sprinkle a cupful of baking soda around the bottom of the tub and run it through a short but complete cycle, once again using the hottest water. The baking soda will remove any odors, and remove any stains.
Optional: If you have problems with mold and mildew, add 1/2 to 1 cup bleach in the bottom of the dishwasher and run another full cycle. (DO NOT use bleach if you have a stainless steel interior.)
Follow these three easy steps and your dishwasher will be squeaky clean!
Kitchen "Miracle Cleaner"
The cleaning power of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide combined cleans almost everything in my kitchen (and some things in my bathroom, too). It's perfect for things I couldn't get clean with traditional cleaners, such as cookie sheets, the stove top, the countertop mixer, the toaster, and serving utensils.
Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to a small bowl.
Add a few spoonfuls of hydrogen peroxide to make a thick paste.
Then, rub the paste on anything you want to clean!
If the stains are particularly stubborn (like cookie sheets), spread the mixture evenly across the stain and let it sit for several hours; then wipe away.
"Miracle cleaner" + Time = Results!
I hope these cleaning tips and tricks will translate into less time spent cleaning and more time spent doing the things you love with the people you love!
Kitchen Cabinet Gunk Remover
Some kitchen cabinets often accumulate a considerable layer of grime on them, especially near the handles. It may seem contradictory, but sometimes the best way to fight oil build-up is with more oil.
To combat this pesky layer of gunk, you need:
1 part vegetable oil
2 parts baking soda
Mix the ingredients together in a small container with a spoon. Then, using your fingers (my method), or a cloth or sponge, work the fine grains of the baking soda into the surface. Use a toothbrush in the nooks and crannies around the hardware. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Steam Clean Your Microwave
This is all you need:
A spray bottle
Lemon essential oil
Place a wet sponge in the microwave. Then, fill a spray bottle with a couple of ounces of water and 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil. Use more or less depending on how strong a lemon scent you prefer. Next, spray the inside of your microwave with the lemon water. Make sure you spray it on every surface: top, bottom, and sides.
Then, set the timer on the microwave for approximately two minutes and turn it on. After the microwave turns off, leave the sponge inside with the door closed until its cool enough to handle and then use it to wipe out the inside. You have just "steam cleaned" and freshened your microwave at the same time!