Kitchens are often the heart of the home and the place where everyone congregates. However, the kitchen can house some big messes. Crumbs, spills, grease, and various smells all accumulate in the kitchen. You do not have to accept these messes as a permanent presence because the following tricks are easy ways to keep your kitchen sparkling. The best part? You only need two ingredients, baking soda and lemons.
1. Stainless Steel Sink
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the sink and around the drain or garbage disposal. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. With warm water, use a scrubbie or old toothbrush to scrub in circular motions. Rinse and reveal your brand new sink.
2. Garbage Disposal Disasters
Cut a lemon in half and coat both sides with baking soda. Put the lemon halves down the garbage disposal one at a time and follow each one with a cup of vinegar. Turn on the garbage disposal until the first lemon half is disintegrated and follow with the second. This combination will help eradicate many unwelcome smells lingering in the drain. For an extra deep clean, you can follow up the draining of the lemons and vinegar with putting some ice cubes sprinkled with sea salt down the drain.
3. Microwave Messes
Boom! Pop! Fizz! The food you put in the microwave is now attacking the walls of the appliance. However, this mess is easily matched with water and lemons. Combine half of a lemon with two cups of water in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave the concoction until it begins to boil. This typically takes about 2 to 3 minutes. The steam from the boiling bowl will do most of the heavy cleaning, just leaving you with the task of simply wiping away of debris.
4. Cooked Cooking Pot
If the bottom of your pot has turned black with food and burns, mix together a cup of warm water, a cup of vinegar, and three tablespoons of baking soda. After letting the mixture soak, a minimal amount of scrubbing will be enough to reveal a clean pot.
5. Crude Cutting Board
Wooden cutting boards look great in a kitchen. However, these porous surfaces can absorb and grow bacteria. In order to make sure your cutting board is safe and ready to use, sprinkle half a lemon with coarse sea salt. Use the salt coated lemon half to scrub and disinfect the cutting board. This gentle method will get rid of any debris hiding beneath the surface without damaging the wooden board.
6. Overcooked Oven
Cleaning the inside of your oven may seem like an impossible task. By using a simple paste made from baking soda, water, and dish soap, the impossible task can be done in under thirty minutes. To prepare, pour one cup of baking soda and one tablespoon of dish soap into a bowl. Stir the two ingredients together and then slowly add water until it makes a paste. Coat the inside of the oven with your paste, letting it sit for fifteen minutes. After the time is up, use a wet scrub or scour pad (depending on the condition of your appliance) in circular motions to start cleaning the oven. Once finished, wet a rag to remove the paste and dry the oven with a cloth rag. The oven should now look clean, and you shouldn’t be too tired.
7. Cloudy Coffee Pots
Perhaps your ever essential coffee pot is looking a little worse for the wear. To get rid of the unavoidable brown tint, fill the carafe two-thirds full with ice cubes. Cut a lemon into quarters squeezing and dropping the lemon slices into the carafe with the ice. Add a dash of salt on top. Swirl the mixture around for a few minutes, dump it out, and rinse with warm water to reveal a clear pot.
8. Contaminated Cabinets
Cabinets have a tendency to get a little tacky after being opened with sticky fingers and in an environment filled with fumes. In order to clean your cabinets without damage, mix together two parts lemon and one part vegetable oil. This homemade paste can be worked into cabinets with your hands to minimize abrasiveness. The paste can also be used in conjunction with a scrub or toothbrush for extra dirty spots. Wipe away the paste with a damp rag for clean, shiny cabinets.
9. Foul Fruit Flies
A swarm of fruit flies is always a disheartening sight, but it is not an unfixable problem. Cut a lemon in half and put it in your oven for ten to twelve hours, usually overnight. In the morning, broil the lemon halves for five minutes. This will leave you with a fresh smelling kitchen that is free of fruit flies.
10. Rancid Refrigerator
A stale smell pervading the inside of your refrigerator can be quickly prevented by putting a box of baking soda on a shelf. You can use a box of baking soda that is past its expiration or fill a cup halfway with fresh baking soda. Both methods will be effective and keep the fridge odor-free.
So for the next time everyone begins to congregate in the kitchen, you can relax and revel in, both, the company and the sparkling cabinets. And while it’s not guaranteed your kitchen will always stay clean, we can help you rest easy knowing it will just take a box of baking soda and a bag of lemons to restore it.