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18 Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

Grease, grime and grit have nothing on these awesome tips. Discover how to clean the toughest items in your kitchen and make them sparkle!

Not sure how to clean off built-up food residue from pots and pans? Or your dark and cloudy toaster oven window? It’s easy if you know how! And you don’t need a thousand pricey cleaning products to get the job done. Between baking soda and vinegar, you can clean almost anything!

Below are 18 easy and fast best cleaning hacks that will show you how to clean nearly everything in your kitchen – and beyond:

Inside The Microwave
Steam lemon juice or white vinegar. Let the steam sit, then wipe everything off – the acid in the steam removes built-up food. But even heating plain water works, too.

Greasy Baking Tins
Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for baking tins, and stove burner pans. Sprinkle on baking soda, pour on a little peroxide, sprinkle on more baking soda and wait at least two hours. After that, you can practically just wipe it clean!

The Oven
One of the least favorite cleaning tasks in any kitchen is inside of the oven. Scrubbing stubborn, greasy messes is hard enough without having to climb inside your oven to do it! Try putting a shallow dish with a cup of ammonia on the top rack, and a pot of boiling water on the lower. Let it sit overnight. In the morning, the mess wipes clean.

Plastic Melted on A Toaster Oven Window
Use a straight-edge razor at a 45-degree angle to remove it.

Waffle Iron
A knife wrapped in a napkin gets inside ridges without scratching the surface.

Coffeemaker
Run water mixed with white vinegar through the system, then run plain water through twice more. Carefully scrub inside the pot with ice cubes and salt.

Humidifier
Run white vinegar through the system. Once you smell vinegar in the air, turn it off and let it sit overnight so the acid kills the bacteria. In the morning, run plain water through the system until the vinegar smell is gone.

Fingerprints on Stainless Steel
The reason stainless steel appliances get fingerprints is that they are oxidizing. Scrub the area with a gentle scrubbing powder or baking soda, then rinse. To keep it clean, use a microfiber cloth.

Tile Grout
Using an old toothbrush, scrub grout with a paste of hydrogen peroxide and Borax.

 

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Kitchen Walls
Wipe food grease off walls with a rag dabbed with rubbing alcohol to cut grease and oil. Since it’s flammable, make sure there are no open flames when you clean! If it’s been there a while, you can mix alcohol with baking soda – the alcohol cuts grease – the baking soda scrubs the stuck-on spots.

Carpet Stains
Dab a little club soda on the stain. If that doesn’t work, spray hydrogen peroxide mixed with water to lift stains, then absorb with a clean towel.

Kitchen Bin
Take it outside and spray it with a hose, preferably before it starts to smell, then let it dry outside. Use a baking soda paste on caked-on dirt before spraying.

Stained Pan Bottoms
Use a mixture of salt, Borax and baking soda with an eraser sponge.

Stained Countertops
Scrub stains off counters with a whitening toothpaste.

Cast-Iron Skillet
Don’t use soap! Soak the pan in water, then scrub with a chainmail scrubber. Scrubbing tough spots with a plastic scrubber works, too.

Mirrors And Windows
For streak-free cleaning, use a fine woven microfiber cloth, such as an eyeglass cloth.

Range Hood
Lots of kitchen surfaces get coated with residue that’s hard to clean. Fight oil with oil and pour a few drops of oil (any kind) on a microfiber cloth or paper towel and wipes the gunk right off.

Surfaces
Eraser sponges clean fiberglass, stainless appliances, countertops, tables, walls – even the kitchen sink – without stripping the surface or leaving residue.

Wondering how to clean other tricky items? A little science goes a long way. The trick is knowing what you’re cleaning, then figuring out what you have to clean it with. For instance, alcohol breaks down oil and lemon juice bleaches out stains. It’s simple once you realize it’s just science! Try these Natural Disinfectant Options for Cleaning.

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