The last thing that we want to be doing on a beautiful summer evening is getting trapped inside our kitchen cleaning, especially while our family members and friends are all outside enjoying themselves. Even when we do decide to skip the kitchen cleanup in the moment and just do it later, chances are that it will still be on our mind anyway. That’s because we don’t want to go to bed knowing that we’ll have to face a messy kitchen to start our day the following morning.
Cleaning our kitchen is also more important than ever since the kitchen harbors more germs than any other room in our home. (Yes, our kitchen has more bacteria than our bathroom.) So, with that in mind, here are some kitchen hacks for easy cleanups. Make sure to share these hacks with your close friends and family members, as well. This way everyone can pitch in with the after-dinner kitchen cleanup! After all, the more people who help, the quicker your kitchen will get cleaned.
Kitchen Cleaning Hacks For: Your Oven
If the thought of even just cleaning your oven overwhelms you, don’t worry. We’re with you and have been there, too. Luckily, there are some easy hacks to clean your oven (and the areas around it) that will simply blow your mind the same way that these hacks blew our minds!
Clean The Inside Of Your Oven Without Using Auto-Clean: Is there anything scarier than using the auto-clean setting on your oven? There’s always a good chance that the fire alarm will go off due to the high-temperature oven setting, and then you have to scramble to figure out what to do next. So, rather than deal with that headache on a regular basis, you can clean your oven while you sleep. Simply fill a spray bottle with a homemade oven cleaner mix that’s made up of a ½ cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of water, and 1/3 cup of white vinegar. When the oven is cool, remove the grates and coat the inside with the solution, making sure to steer clear of the heating elements. Then close the oven door, go to bed, and let the solution do the work for you. When you wake up, you can clean your oven with soapy water and dry it with a plush cloth.
Clean The Glass On Your Oven Door With Baking Soda: Having difficulty seeing inside your oven while you’re cooking? Just use some baking soda and water to solve that problem for you. Simply mix three parts baking soda and one part water until all of the baking soda has dissolved. Then spread the mixture on only the glass portion of your oven door and let it sit for 30 minutes (or longer if it’s very dirty). After that, scrub the glass with a sponge. Then you’ll be able to cook (or bake) without having to open your oven to see inside.
Remove The Bottom Drawer Of Your Oven To Clean The Areas Around It: For those of us who live in apartments, we can actually vacuum and clean the floor beneath our oven simply by removing the drawer under our oven’s main compartment. This kitchen cleaning hack is truly a game changer as we no longer need to unplug and move our oven every single time that we want to clean the floor underneath it. Who knew that there was no surface under the warming dryer, only our kitchen floor? Come on, be honest.
Kitchen Cleaning Hack For: Your Microwave
Let Steam Clean Your Microwave For You: As convenient as microwaves are, they sure can get dirty, especially if we don’t use a cover when we heat things up. If your microwave is a complete mess, rather than fighting with random food particles, grease, coffee stains, and whatever else is stuck inside it, let steam loosen everything up for you first. All you have to do is place some vinegar in a bowl with some sliced lemon, and then set the timer for a few minutes. However, instead of opening your microwave when the time is up, let the steam stay inside. Then wipe the inside of your microwave with a sponge and that will take care of the mess. Talk about a nice little hack to add to your cleaning routine, right?
Kitchen Cleaning Hacks For: Your Sink
Pour Some Dish Soap Down Your Drain: Dish soap doesn’t have to only be for your dishes as this kitchen hack proves. So, if your drain is running a little slower than usual, just squirt some dish soap down there and run hot water. Since dish soap is formulated to cut through grease, it will be able to cut through any grease that has accumulated in your drain.
An All-Natural Way To Make Your Sink Sparkle: For those of you who pride yourselves on keeping a chemical-free kitchen, this kitchen cleaning tip is for you. To get your kitchen sink to sparkle, just mix baking soda with a little water or rubbing alcohol until a paste forms. Use a sponge to scrub the paste around the sink, and then rinse. If you have a stainless steel sink, you can polish it with flour after washing and drying your sink. Just sprinkle your sink with some flour, start buffing, and then the metal will sparkle.
Kitchen Cleaning Hack For: Your Refrigerator
How To Clean And Deodorize Your Fridge To Rid It Of Awful Smells: Is there a terrible stench coming from your fridge, but you can’t figure out what the culprit is? If that’s the case, one way to get rid of your fridge’s strange odors for good is to empty everything out. Check all the expiration dates and get rid of any expired items, as well as old leftovers. Then mix white vinegar and water and scrub your fridge. You can also use potato peels or a cotton ball soaked in vanilla extract (placed in a small bowl) to serve as fridge deodorizers.
Kitchen Cleaning Hack For: Your Dishwasher
Use Vinegar To Clean Your Dishwasher: If you’re putting your dishes, cups, and utensils in the dishwasher and they just don’t seem to be as clean as they used to be after a cycle, you probably need to clean your dishwasher. Sure, we understand that the idea of cleaning a cleaning appliance doesn’t seem to make complete sense. However, it’s important to do it anyway because grime builds up over time, preventing your dishwasher from actually cleaning your dishes, glasses, and utensils. So, to stop grime from building up, run vinegar through your dishwasher once a month.
Kitchen Cleaning Hack For: Your Baking Sheets & Burnt Pots and Pans
Clean Your Baking Sheets & Burnt Pots And Pans With Baking Soda And Vinegar: By now, you’ve probably figured out that baking soda can basically clean anything. So, if you have a baking sheet with brown, burnt-on residue, get it sparkly clean again by mixing a ½ cup of water and a ½ cup of baking soda. Then place the gross baking sheet in a plugged sink and cover it with the mixture. Let the mixture work its magic for the next 30 minutes to an hour, and then scrub it with a rough sponge. For any burnt pots or pans that have stubborn stains, fill the pot or pan with one cup of water and one cup of vinegar. Then bring the pot or pan to a boil over high heat. Once it’s boiling, remove the pot or pan from the heat, put it in the sink, and add two tablespoons of baking soda. After the mixture fizzes, empty the pot or pan out and scrub it with a scouring pad. If there are any stubborn spots remaining, just add more baking soda. Then rinse and dry.
Kitchen Cleaning Hack For: Your Blender
Let Your Blender Clean Itself: All you smoothie lovers out there know that making smoothies is fun and easy. However, cleaning the blender is usually not as much fun. Until now. To auto-wash your blender, give it a quick rinse and fill it with warm water. Then add a drop of dish soap, place your blender back on its base, power it up on medium speed, and watch your blender clean itself. And if your blender has buildup or looks dull, you can also add a drop of vinegar or some lemon.
Kitchen Cleaning Hack For: Removing Pet Hair
Use Rubber Kitchen Gloves To Remove Your Pet’s Hair: You’ve probably used rubber kitchen gloves to protect your hands while you clean dirty areas, or even to help you open up jars. But did you know that rubber kitchen gloves are great at getting rid of excess pet hair, too? All you need to do is slip on a glove and rub it over whatever area in the kitchen that you want to remove your pet’s hair from. It’s really that simple and effective. Try it sometime.
Bonus Kitchen Cleaning Hack: Set A Timer
Set A Timer Before You Clean The Kitchen: Are you someone who spends a lot of time thinking about what you need to do, and then decide not to do it because of all the time that the task will take? If that sounds familiar, set a timer and then start to clean your kitchen. This will get you moving, while also giving you a better idea of exactly how much time it truly does take to clean your kitchen thoroughly. And if you finish cleaning your kitchen before the timer goes off, use whatever bonus time that you have to do something that you actually want to do.