4 DIY Cleaning Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Sparkling
Here are five simple DIY tips for getting that ideal sparkle whilst keeping your kitchen safe.
1. Use White Vinegar as a Cleaning Solution
White vinegar is renowned for its powerful ability to slice through grease and is a natural deodorizer. Simply mix a cup of the stuff (240 ml) with an equal amount of water and store in a spray bottle for tons of cleaning needs.
White vinegar solution can be used on tiles, grouting, kitchen surfaces, hobs and can even be used as a fabric softener on clothes. Don’t worry about the initial smell – it will evaporate after a little while.
2. Tackle Dried-On Stains with Baking Soda
Baking soda is a common pantry staple and a safe, natural abrasive. When applied to a cloth or rag, it can be used to remove dried-on food spills on the cooker or oven, or even burnt on food from baking dishes and pans.
Baking soda can also be used as a great sink plughole freshener. Pour half a cup (about 50g) down the plughole and use a trickle of hot water to moisten it. Leave for around two hours, then flush with plenty of hot water. (Be aware that this isn’t a tip for blocked drains!)
A baking soda paste can also be used to keep sinks and their surrounding areas gleaming, or spread over the inside of your oven and leave for 12-24 hours for an effective oven-cleaning job.
3. Avoid Needless Scrubbing With Greaseproof Paper
The tops of the cupboards can be one of the most difficult places to clean – not to mention the most unpleasant. Instead, simply place a sheet of grease-proof paper the same length and width of each of your cupboards over the tops. This will collect all dirt, grease and residue build-up and make for effortless, minimal cleaning.
Be sure to change the sheets every month or two!
4. Kill Mold Using Clove Oil
Mild cases of mold can be dealt with using 1/4 teaspoon clove oil mixed with a litre of water. (Be careful not to use more – clove oil is very powerful!). Spray the mixture on the mold and let it sit overnight. Afterwards, clean the area with a basic white vinegar and baking soda solution. You can repeat this method as often as necessary to prevent mold occurring in the future.
Unlike bleach, which simply turns mold white, clove oil will actually kill the spores. However, if your mold is black in colour or spread over a large area, it’s always best to consult a professional.