How to Clean 10 of the Trickiest Kitchen Places

February 7th, 2018


The kitchen is the place where we spent a lot of time and it gets dirtiest because of all the cooking and dishes. But it needs to be cleaned regularly because of its frequent use. This is the place where we store and prepare our food and you don’t want any bacteria on it because of a dirty oven, do you?

A couple of weeks ago we created a similar article with bathroom cleaning tips. Interested in reading it? You can find it here: 12 Cleaning Tips That Will Improve The Way You Clean Your Bathroom

These cleaning tips can help you clean everything in your kitchen without spending a lot of time and harmful detergents on it.


Clean the oven

Be sure to empty the oven. Remove racks, pizza stone and everything else inside that’s detachable. Make a baking soda paste mixing a half cup of baking soda with a couple tablespoons of water. Spread the paste all over the oven, try to reach every spot and concentrate on the dirtiest places. Let it sit with the mixture for at least 12 hours. Scrub the surface to remove the paste with a dry microfiber cloth. On the corners, edges and hardest spots, spray vinegar and let it sit for two minutes. Wipe out the remaining of the mixture. Spray again with vinegar if needed to completely clean the oven.



Clean the microwave

Fill a microwaveable bowl with even parts of vinegar and water. For a precautionary measure, add a toothpick in the mix (sometimes liquids can explode into the microwave). Put the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 7-8 minutes on a high power. Steam will form inside of the microwave. Be careful when opening the door. Use gloves and take the bowl out. Use a sponge and rub out the inside of the microwave. Dunk the sponge into the mixture and scrub the hardest stains. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe out the surface when ready.



Clean the refrigerator

Empty the fridge completely and remove the shelves if possible. Unplug the appliance before starting to clean it to prevent damages or problems with odours and mould. Clean them with hot water and dish soap. Spray the inside of the fridge with vinegar, focusing on the hardest stains. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes and wipe it down with a dry cloth. Put back the shelves once they’re fully dry. Wipe out the top of the fridge as well.



Clean the blender

Fill the half of the blender with hot water. Add a couple of drops of dish soap. Assemble the blender and turn it on for around 20 seconds. Pour the hot water out and rinse until the soapy water is completely removed.



Clean the coffee maker

Empty the coffee pot and remove all leftover coffee inside. Fill the coffee maker reservoir with water and vinegar in 1:2 ratio, depending on the size of your coffee maker. Turn on it to brew a pot. Once the cycle is complete, turn off the machine and leave the mixture inside for 15 minutes. Rinse it with water and repeat the procedure one more time using only water to get rid of the vinegar smell completely.



Clean a burnt pan

Add hot water until the bottom is completely covered, add a couple tablespoons of vinegar and put the pan on the hob until the mixture starts to boil. Remove the pan and add a tablespoon of baking soda. You can do this on top of the sink because the baking soda and the vinegar will create fizzle reaction. Rinse the pan with water until it’s completely clean. If they are any hard stains left, you can create baking soda paste with couple drops of water and scrub them with the mix. Rinse again until you have a shiny pan.



How to clean toaster oven

Before starting cleaning it, make sure the toaster oven is unplugged and cooled. Remove the racks and clean it from any crumbs with a dry cloth. You can use a brush to remove the sticky crumbs from the corners. Create a mixture of water and vinegar in 1:2 ratio. Take a sponge and dip it in the liquid, squeeze it out to make sure it’s not dripping with the mix. Wipe down the inside of the oven avoiding the heating components. If you need to clean the heating parts use only water, avoid putting soap or vinegar as this can seriously damage them. Clean the crumbs tray with hot soapy water. Be sure to let the oven dry completely before assembling and using it.



Clean the dishwasher

Remove the filter and read the manufacturer cleaning instruction for it. You can soak it in hot soapy water for about 15 minutes if you’re not sure how it’s safe to clean it. Pour one cup of vinegar into the empty dishwasher. Run a full cleaning cycle. After that, sprinkle one cup of baking soda again in the empty dishwasher and leave it for at least 4 hours. Run a full cleaning cycle again. Leave it to dry and wipe out any remainings from the baking soda.



Clean a grater

Cut a lemon in half, then scrub the inside of it over the grater’s holes. Some of the pulp from the lemon can rip off and get into the holes as well. Leave it like that. Leave the lemon juice to work it’s magic for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the grater with hot water. Scrub again with the other half of the lemon if necessary and repeat until it’s completely shiny and clean.



Clean cutting board

It’s a good idea to have two separate cutting boards. You can use a plastic one for raw meat and a wooden one for vegetables and bread. The plastic one is easy to clean with hot soapy water, but you need to pay extra attention to the wooden board. Sprinkle salt on top of the cutting board. Cut a lemon in half and scrub the entire surface of the board while pressing the lemon a little to release the lemon juice. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse it with hot water. Let it dry completely and store it in a dry place if possible.



Keeping your kitchen clean and healthy doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Taking care of your home is necessary and implementing this tips can help you maintain your household easier.

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