Let’s face it — as much as we love to cook, cleaning the kitchen can be a real bummer.
Greasy surfaces, stuck-on food, and funky smells. Spills and splatters can happen at any moment. Not exactly a recipe for a fun time.
Luckily for us all, cleaning up the kitchen doesn’t have to be such a chore. Here are five kitchen cleaning hacks to speed up the process and cut out the ick factor.
If you have a stainless steel sink, the key to making it sparkle might be a staple that’s already in your pantry.
First, scrub out the sink with soap and hot water or kitchen cleaner. Wash it down like you would a dish, with a sponge or a rag.
Next, dry the sink well with a dry towel. It’s important to be incredibly thorough in this step, as any water left will turn into a goopy mess in your sink.
Coat the stainless steel surface with a thin layer of flour. With a cloth or paper towel, buff the flour into the metal of the sink. Make sure to get the faucet and the edges where the sink meets the counter. You’ll see bits of food and other gross materials come off, and your sink will be left cleaner than you could have imagined.
The flour reaches tiny grooves and scratches in the metal that sponges can’t reach. By doing this, you’re cleaning the surface of grime that’s likely built up over years.
Your kitchen cutting board withstands a lot of damage. Give it the deep clean it deserves with some household items you probably already have.
First, sprinkle the board or block liberally with salt. Whatever you have in your pantry should be fine.
Then, cut a lemon in half. With the cut side down, rub the lemon over the salt. Start in one corner, and work your way across the entire board.
When the board looks cleaner, use a towel to wipe away excess salt. Rub a coat of mineral oil over the surface (with the grain), and allow to absorb for ten minutes before wiping down with a cloth. This will condition the wood and extend the life of your cutting board.
If soap and water aren’t doing the trick for burnt food, try reaching for a dryer sheet.
Lay a dryer sheet in the bottom of your problem pan, and fill it up with hot water. After about twenty minutes, the sheet will have made a solution that will help coax stubborn bits away from the pan.
Bonus: Skip the sponge and use the dryer sheet to wipe the sides and bottom of the pan.
We love freshly grated cheese, but we don’t love cleaning the grater after we use it.
To remove any bits of dried-on cheese, put your grater to work on an apple or a raw potato. Grating one of these juicy foods will make it a whole lot easier to get rid of hard-to-clean cheese.
To get rid of splatters and other dried-on residue, fill a microwave-safe bowl with two cups of water. Add two tablespoons of white vinegar. Drop a toothpick or chopstick into the bowl to prevent boiling over.
(If you hate the smell, two drops of lemon essential oil can effectively mask it.)
Pop it in the microwave and set it for five minutes. After the timer goes off, leave it for an additional two to three minutes to allow the steam to work.
Remove the bowl, and wipe down the microwave. It should be easy to clean in no time.
Kitchen chores don’t have to be a headache. Knowing these kitchen cleaning hacks can help you clean up quickly, and get back to cooking (and eating!) in no time.
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