Crucial Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Monday May 1st, 2017
Make no mistake about it: Kitchens get dirty. Yet the unique mixture of heavy everyday usage, a variety of different fixture materials and all the different potential contaminants at play often makes it one of the most challenging rooms in the house to keep clean. Luckily, there are many simple, do-it-yourself ways to get your kitchen surfaces and appliances sparkling again. Here are some of the unexpected ways of cleaning your kitchen:
Oven Cleaning with Ammonia
Do not rely too much on your oven’s self-cleaning capabilities. While self-cleaning cycles used sparingly can be effective, using them too often can actually damage your appliance. The high heat generated by the self-cleaning cycle isn’t designed for regular usage. Instead, try this simple method using ammonia. Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup ammonia, place it inside your completely cooled oven and allow it to sit overnight. The fumes from the ammonia will help unstick even the most caked on stains.
Clean Kitchen Vents with Mineral Oil
Anywhere the heat vents from an appliance – whether its an oven or microwave – is likely to develop a built-up residue. Most often, this takes the form of an oily buildup or greasy film that is part cooking oil and part dust or other debris. Removing it can be a challenge: since oil coats surfaces and resists abrasives like scouring sponges, which can damage the finish of your fixtures. Instead of scrubbing, use a paper towel moistened with mineral oil to wipe the surface down. By building up a coating of oil on top of the greasy residue, you should be able to wipe it clean with a dry paper towel.
Do not buy an expensive, single-purpose cleaning solution.
Clean Light Fixtures in the Dish Washer
Treat your glass light fixtures like any other plate or dish: Remove them and put them in the dishwasher on a normal cycle. Once done, dry them carefully to reduce spotting.
Polish and Shine Stainless Steel and Copper with Household Supplies
Think you need to buy an expensive, single-purpose cleaning solution for your stainless steel and copper appliances? Think again! Simple household supplies can do an excellent job keeping things clean. You can polish stainless steel with WD-40, lightly sprayed and rubbed off with a washcloth. Meanwhile, if your copper cooking items have lost their luster, try dipping a cotton swap in ketchup and applying it to the dulled surface. After you wipe the ketchup off and polish the pot, it will shine!
Remove Dust from Kitchen Blinds with a Sock
Rather than using a handheld dust remover, use an old sock, lightly moistened with water, to remove dust and dirt for kitchen blinds. Put your hand in the sock, grip each panel of the blinds and move the sock from end-to-end.
Cleaning and Deodorizing a Microwave
To clean your microwave, simply mix equal parts vinegar and water in a coffee cup. Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes. Once the cup cools and the steam dissipates, wipe down the surfaces with a damp cloth. If you want your microwave to be extra clean and deodorized, follow this up by filling a cup or bowl with 1 cup water and 1/2 cup lemon juice and placing it in the microwave.
If, however, you find that your kitchen fixtures are soiled or broken down beyond repair, it may be time for something new. Stop by a Wolseley Vague & Vogue showroom today for inspiration!