We all want to stay tidy, especially in the kitchen. While kitchen cleaning is no one’s favourite thing to do, you can’t deny the satisfaction that comes from looking at a sparklingly clean room. Plus, once it’s clean, you can’t deny how much you want to keep it that way..
While it’s technically called spring cleaning, summer can be a great time to make your kitchen really shine.
You’ve probably collected a fair amount of rubbish and clutter over the past six months, so why not make your space as fresh as the season? While it might not sound like an exciting task, there are a few ways you can speed up and improve your cleaning process.
Check out some of our favourite kitchen cleaning tips below.
Cleaning Your Appliances/Cookware
If you’re a fan of smoothies or mixing up food in general, your blender probably sees as lot of use. Rinsing can only do so much to get rid of the stains and it really needs a good deep clean every few uses to stop your food tasting like the last thing you blended.
For a thorough clean, rinse any big chunks left from your last drink and then add a little water a one drop of washing up liquid. Run the blender for 20-30 seconds and then rinse out.
When was the last time you had a proper look at the inside of your microwave? If you leave microwave cleaning for too long, not only will it start to smell but it’ll also impact the taste of the food you put in there.
To loosen those stubborn stains off the sides, place a handful of wet paper towels inside and put it on for five minutes. The steam from the wet towels will help to stop the grime sticking and make it easier to wipe off.
If you can’t get rid of a persistent smell, try putting a mug of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of lemon juice inside and heating for another 5 minutes. When it’s done, leave to stand inside for another 5-10 minutes and the smell should have dissipated. If not, repeat with fresh water and lemon.
Cast Iron Pan
If you want to maintain the non-stick aspect of your pan, you should never scrub it if it gets covered in oil. If it isn’t rinsing clean with water and a cloth, try gently rubbing it with a few teaspoons of salt and a paper towel and then rinse.
Burnt on stains
It happens: you leave rice or a white sauce for too long and you’re stuck with a nasty burnt crust on the bottom of your pan. You can scrub until your arm falls off, but some burnt-on food just won’t budge.
Save your muscles by adding a few drops of washing up liquid in the pan, followed by one tablespoon of baking soda. Fill the pan roughly one quarter full with hot water and then simmer the mixture on the hob for a few minutes.
After, carefully pour the mixture down the drain. If there’s still burnt food that won’t come off with gentle scrubbing, add another tablespoon of baking soda to the pan and scrub again with either a scour, sponge or toothbrush to remove the stains.
Keep A Clean Fridge
When kitchen cleaning, you can’t ignore your fridge. It can also get surprisingly dirty, from old food smells, to leftovers dripping on the shelves, to forgotten fruits and vegetables.
A fridge needs a good deep clean every 3-4 months. The best way to really get in there (after emptying out all the food obviously) is to take out all the draws and compartments and let them soak in warm soapy water for 10-15 minutes before wiping them down.
If there are any stubborn stains, make a paste out of a little baking soda and water and leave on for an hour before wiping off.
To prevent such a build up of grime in the long run, line the shelves with cling film and replace it every week. It’ll collect stains and spills and stop any nasty odours from sticking.
Clear That Clutter
The number one thing that can make you kitchen both untidy and cramped is just general clutter. It can’t be helped that things will pile up over the year, but they can make it harder to get things done. Appliances can become hard to locate and no one likes looking at a giant mess.
Luckily there are a few tools to reduce all that mess without having to throw anything away. It’s all about finding the right storage solutions.
If you have a smaller kitchen, then finding space can be tricky. However, you can maximise your existing storage space with a few clever installations. In your corner cupboards, a Lemans is a great way to give you more space. It can hold multiple bulky pots and pans in one convenient unit and it’ll be easy to retrieve them when cooking.
Another great way to reduce clutter is to take advantage of wall space when kitchen cleaning. Investing in a few hooks by your oven or on the backs of cupboard doors can give you some brand-new storage areas.
Hanging items is great for easy access, especially putting things like frying pans by your hob.
If you’ve got patches of bare wall, then it never hurts to add some shelves for additional space. Not only are shelves a great way to display things like plants, but can also be a great place to store spices or jars for easy access when cooking.
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