The standard solutions for the kitchen cleaning can be very boring and can even prove to be less effective than some alternative ones. We at the House cleaners – Helpling summed up some of the unusual ways to clean your kitchen. These awesome tricks are not only very efficient and useful, but you will also feel like a scientist doing experiments in his lab. Above all, you will have fun and experience the kitchen like you’ve never done before. Here they are, the 7 kitchen cleaning tricks that really work!
- Remove oily, dusty kitchen grime
When you combine cooking oil with dust, you get a cleaning nightmare that accumulates on high surfaces in the kitchen. The solution isn’t distant at all – grab a microfiber cloth, dip it into in very hot water and remove the dirt. Make sure you constantly dip the cloth into the hot water, since the heat of the water softens the burnt oil – and you won’t have a problem returning the shine to your kitchen surfaces.
- Get the dirt out of your kitchen crevices
All of your mixers have some hidden areas that are hard to reach. These places get filled with the ingredients you used – flour, eggs, cocoa powder, and should be cleaned as well! So, get your own spear (I mean a toothpick or some pointy-ended skewer) and charge these enemies of yours! You will also have fun doing it, or at least I find it satisfying to excavate these ancient remains of the previous baking endeavors.
- Banish lingering kitchen smells with the amazing vinegar
Vinegar does wonders, with everything basically. One of the things it is good at – deodorizing the kitchen. All that food you cook produces some kind of smell and not all of them are pleasant. In fact, after some time, even the pleasant smell becomes annoying, so you’ll want to freshen up the air in your kitchen. You can avoid the usual stuff – pick the vinegar. Simply simmer white vinegar on the stovetop, turn on the burner, let it boil for some time and then turn it off. Let that sit for some time and your kitchen will be rid of the unwanted smells.
- Getting rid of the fruit flies
Yes, the fruit flies are so boring. And you don’t want them in your drink or your food. Luckily, you can get rid of them easily. Halve two or three pieces of lemon (or any other kind of citrus) and place them in your oven, directly on the rack. Leave the oven door propped open for a few hours – or even the whole night. The citrus will attract the fruit flies and they will gather inside the oven. In the morning, close the oven door and turn the broiler on. All that is left now is to let the oven cool, toss the citrus and wipe out the base of the oven. The fruit flies are no more and your kitchen smells amazing, too!
- Your old white sink is white again
Lemon comes to aid once again, alongside with the baking soda. Baking soda is usually used, well, in baking, but its cleaning properties are more than awesome. These two combine perfectly and will clean just about anything – including your old white sink that is no longer white. And once again, it is so simple. Just sprinkle some soda in the sink, grab a lemon half and use it as a scrubber! Your sink will be white once again and your sponge will be saved from the ugly sink germs, so you will be able to use it longer. Make sure you use leftover lemons from cooking or juicing, they will be enough for this cleaning task.
- Grout cleaning is no longer hard
Here we have another amazing combination – baking soda and vinegar. If your tiles are horizontal (like those on a shower shelf or the kitchen counter), simple sprinkle baking soda along the grout lines, then pour or spray some white vinegar over the baking soda and watch it react! If you want to clean the vertical tiles, make a thick paste of baking soda and a bit of water, apply it to the dirty grout, let it sit for some time and again, spray it with vinegar. After letting it sit for a few minutes, grab an old toothbrush – and get to scrubbing!
- Clogged drain breathes again
You’re having a clogged drain, or you just want to deodorize it? The solution is much more simple than you thought – you won’t need to call the plumber. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar (as you can see, these two, soda and vinegar, are an awesome combo), then cover it with a wet cloth (this is optional), wait about 5 minutes and finally flush it with hot water. The drain will be good as new! Baking soda is the ultimate kitchen helper – let’s just mention a few examples. Extra greasy dishes and pans? These won’t be a problem when you’ve got soda – dial up your dish detergent’s power with it. You can use it to clean and freshen-up your dishwasher or coffee maker simply by running an empty cycle with baking soda. Options are limitless – be creative and know that you can’t make a mistake with baking soda. And don’t forget to combine it with vinegar, together they make wonders!
That’s just something to get you started, feel free to experiment with these. The vinegar, baking soda, and lemon trio will keep surprising you with the effectiveness it brings! Plus, they are edible so you can use them risk-free. So get to your lab (kitchen!) and try some of these really amazing problem solvers!