Would you like to keep your kitchen flawless?
Although it does require some effort, it doesn’t always have to take as much time as you may think. After all, we tend to forget that there are quick and simple solutions. The trick is knowing them and how to take advantage of them.
It’s important to point out that quick and simple solutions come from several sources: specialized chemical products, home remedies, preventive measures, and so on.
Consequently, we’ve decided to share some of the most effective ones to help you to always have a flawless kitchen.
Try them out: we’re sure there are some (or many) you haven’t tried yet!
Five ways to keep your kitchen flawless
1.- Add vinegar to floor cleaners
Adding a little white vinegar to chemical cleaners is a very popular trick.
White vinegar makes household cleaning easier since it makes grime slide off effortlessly. Therefore, it doesn’t take a lot of elbow grease to clean with a rag or brush. What’s more, adding a little vinegar boosts the cleaning power of chemical cleaners.
2.- Clean out the range hood filter
When you clean a kitchen, you probably focus on the most visible aspects and usually forget to take care of the areas that you use the most and aren’t as accessible. One of these areas is the range hood.
Much like microwaves and ovens, range hoods tend to accumulate a lot of grease. The solution is to carefully remove the steel filter and wash it with a mixture of hot water, lemon juice, and white vinegar.
While the filter is being de-greased and disinfected, clean the inside of the hood with a little ammonia, or a special product to remove the grime from range hoods. Once you’ve finished cleaning it, your kitchen will smell noticeably better and everything will seem cleaner.
You should clean your range hood at least once a week.
You might want to read: 6 Spectacular Uses for Distilled White Vinegar
3.- Let your dishes air dry
A spotless kitchen is also reflected in its dishes. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to how we wash them.
First, consider your dish rack.
Do you empty it often or do you let water accumulate? When there are clean dishes in the rack, do you dry them with a dish cloth before putting them away? Do you put them away while they’re still a little wet?
If so, your dishes might have water spots or even smell a little off. That’s why, even if your kitchen is very clean, it might not appear to be flawless. To resolve this issue, simply let your dishes air dry before putting them away. It’s a good idea to run a dry dish cloth over them before putting them in the cupboard.
4.- Disinfect your sponges
Failing to properly wash cleaning tools means grime (especially fat) and bad odors can accumulate on them. As such, you should disinfect them on top of replacing them every so often. Ideally, they should be changed at least once a month (especially sponges used to wash the dishes).
What’s the fastest and most effective way to clean brushes, sponges, and greasy cleaning cloths?
Before going to bed, place them in a glass bowl with a little water and alcohol and let sit them overnight. In the morning, your cleaning tools will be clean and ready to use again. You should do this twice a week.
On the other hand, it’s important to remember that these cleaning supplies must be placed in a well-ventilated area where they can dry adequately. If you store them in a tray or any other type of container, it’s important that you drain it to prevent water from accumulating. This way, you’ll prevent humidity from harboring fungus in the tools and the tray itself.
After all, it’s obvious that dirty cleaning tools won’t help maintain a spotless kitchen. Instead, it will hinder your efforts, which is why it’s so important to take proper care of your cleaning tools. Then, poor cleaning is the result of tools that aren’t well maintained.
5.- Un-clog the sink
It’s very common to have bits of food go down the drain. This is especially the case when there are many plates in the sink after a meal. After a while, food can cause foul odors to appear. To prevent this from happening, you can use two common ingredients: coffee grounds and cola.
How do use them correctly?
- First, clear the sink and make sure that it won’t be used for a while (ideally, more than an hour).
- Then, empty the coffee grounds from your coffee machine along with a jet of hot water.
- Let it sit for a while and you’re all set.
This measure can be done as many times as needed, since it’s completely harmless. In addition, it leaves a very pleasant aroma, unlike other products.
- Another very simple technique that you can use often to keep your pipes free from any food obstruction is to do the same as with the coffee grounds, only with a liter of cola and four tablespoons of baking soda (about 40 grams).
- You can let it sit for an hour or even overnight.