16 Clever Cleaning Tips For A Neat And Polished Kitchen

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I have a pretty big family and I love to cook for them. But add these two things together and you’re left with one messy kitchen! There seems to always be something in need of cleaning, and I often have a hard time keeping up with it all. Thankfully, there are lots of quick and simple cleaning tips out there that will make each and every part of your kitchen sparkling clean!

1. Oven Glass

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The inside of your oven door is probably streaked with grease and burnt-on food residue. As it turns out, you can make the glass shiny and clean again with the help of a Magic Eraser.

2. BBQ Grill

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To prevent food from sticking to your barbecue’s grill, slice an onion in half and rub the fleshy side along the grill.

3. Coffee & Tea Mugs

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To remove tea and coffee stains from mugs, clean the inside with a baking soda and water paste.

4. Cupboards

To remove grease and grime from your kitchen cupboards, make a paste using coconut oil and baking soda. Apply the paste to your cupboards, including the cracks and crevices. Use an old toothbrush to work the paste into the cupboards, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

5. Electric Stovetop

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To remove burnt-on residue and stains from your electric stovetop, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the surface. Soak a towel in hot water, wring it out, and lay the towel across the stovetop. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then use a sponge to remove the residue.

6. Wooden Cutting Board

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To clean and disinfect a wooden cutting board, sprinkle the surface with coarse salt. Use the fleshy side of a lemon to work the salt into the cutting board. Afterwards, rinse with warm water.

7. Stainless Steel Appliances

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Clean grease and other residue from your stainless steel appliances using a solution of distilled vinegar and liquid dish soap. Use a soft cloth to work the solution into your appliances, then use a dry microfiber cloth to buff clean.

8. Faucets

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You can remove hard water stains from your faucet and stainless steel sink by wiping them down with a rag soaked in distilled vinegar. A lemon slice is also effective!

9. Plastic Cutting Boards

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If you have plastic cutting boards that are stained, apply a thick paste of baking soda and water all over the surface. Let the solution sit for about half an hour, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

10. Microwave

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Fill a bowl with a few lemon slices and pop it in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. The bowl will create lemon-infused steam that will help disinfect the inside of your microwave and loosen up food residue. Then, wipe clean with a warm, damp cloth.

11. Garburator

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To deodorize your garburator and break down food that may be stuck there, sprinkle baking soda down the drain, then follow it with some distilled vinegar.

12. Dishwasher

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Fill a cup with distilled vinegar and put it on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on an otherwise empty cycle on the hottest water setting possible. The vinegar will clean and disinfect your dishwasher. Just be sure to use this method, as running the vinegar through your dishwasher’s rinse aid compartment can damage the rubber seals and gaskets.

13. Countertops

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To clean granite and stone countertops, spray them down with lemon water and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

14. Glass Pendant Lights

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If you have glass pendant lights in your kitchen, you know they can get covered in dust and other grime over time. You can put the glass covers right in the dishwasher and have them come out sparkling clean.

15. Drawers

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Use the thin nozzle attachment for your handheld vacuum to suck crumbs and dust out of your kitchen drawers.

16. Kettle

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You can descale a kettle by pouring some distilled vinegar in it and boiling it for a couple of minutes. After boiling, dump the vinegar and rinse it out with water.