Those of you who clean the house know that sometimes it takes longer on one simple task than it does to do a whole room. We often don’t know how to get it cleaned quickly with little or no elbow grease. The cleaning tips below will help with some of those frustrating kitchen cleaning tasks that seem to take forever to finish.
Cleaning the Oven
It has been said that the vents on the oven hood should be cleaned two or three times every year. Most of us are lucky if they get cleaned at all. It is true, though, they do need to be cleaned, and with only two ingredients the ugly task will be finished in no time.
The easiest way to clean the vents is to remove them and place them to soak in the sink. To soak the vents, you will need 1 cup of vinegar and three cups of water. If this does not fill up the sink. you can simply use a glass bowl to soak the vents in or adjust the formula to fill the sink, such as 3 cups of vinegar with 9 cups of water. Let soak for about 15 minutes. The grease and grime will then be easily removed with a sponge.
While you have the vents off, it is a good time to clean the oven top. Use a sponge and dip it into the solution above. Dampen any dried on food. Let it soak for about two minutes. Wipe clean. The solution will also help keep grease from building up as badly as before.
Cleaning the Refrigerator
Refrigerators often become dirty around the seals and inside the refrigerator. It is inevitable.
It seems crazy to think that when all you do is open the door, put groceries in, and take groceries out it is possible that the refrigerator can become so dirty. Upon a closer look, though, you can sometimes even see mildew forming. Use straight white distilled vinegar to wipe down the surfaces of the fridge, including the seals.
Cleaning Teapots and Coffee Cups
Teacups, teapots, coffee cups, and coffee pots tend to become stained no matter how many times they have been washed. Even when they run through the dishwasher cycle, you take them out hoping to find them clean, only to see the rings and stains that remain. Using the cup yourself is not too bad, but when you have guests come over you cringe when you give them a cup that has been tarnished with stains.
To remove stains from cups, begin by dampening the sponge and sprinkling with baking soda. Wash the cup. You may need a little elbow grease, but not a lot. If the stain is stubborn, shake salt onto the sponge and rub into the stained cup.
To remove stains from pots, you will need baking soda and water. Begin by filling the pot with warm water from the water faucet. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Stir or swirl around for about 30 seconds. Place on burner and heat to boiling. Boil for about 15 minutes. Let cool. Wash, then rinse.
Here are a few more cleaning tips, and we’d love to hear yours, too!