A nice deep clean of your kitchen can seem like a daunting task. I’m going to make it much easier for you. With these kitchen cleaning hacks you’re going to be getting everything done quicker and easier. Because let’s face it, we all love to eat the food that comes from the kitchen, but the cleaning up part is a real bummer.
Tackle the Microwave with Steam
It doesn’t take long for the inside of your microwave to get dirty. Even the most loyal who cover their food every time will have a slip up now and again. Or teenagers. Sometimes they have too much going in for them to worry about covering food – which leads to messy microwaves. Thankfully, there’s no need to point the blame at anyone, this simple hack will get things clean in a jiffy! Add a teaspoon of white vinegar to some water, dunk your sponge into the mixture, then put it in your microwave. Turn it on for a minute and let the mix on the sponge do it’s magic! When the timer goes off, open the microwave and wipe off any food or gunk on the walls. It’ll wipe off super easy!
Did I Say Put Kool-Aid in the Dishwasher?
Believe it or not, Kool-Aid can actually help clean your dishwasher. Over time, the inside of the dishwasher can stain and gather lime deposits. Does it frustrate anyone else that this machine’s whole purpose is to clean and sterilize but that actually causes stains? Thankfully someone figured out this kitchen cleaning hack! Add a pack of lemon Kool-Aid to where you would put the washing powder or tablet. Run your empty dishwasher on a regular cycle and the citric acid in the Kool-Aid will remove and clean away all the stains and deposits!
Wax Your Stove Top!
This may not be a cleaning hack but it is going to help you keep things clean…REALLY…It’s BRILLIANT…Drop by Real Simple and see how you can Car Wax the Stovetop and it will preserve a pristine stovetop and one that you can mop up easily! Get the details…this one is FABULOUS!
A Toothbrush Will Get into All Your Toaster’s Crevices
Toast is delicious but the smell of burnt bread and a trail of crumbs is not something you want to accompany it every morning. Grab an unused toothbrush. Once your toaster is unplugged, brush inside of each slot. Try to get as much of the crumbs brushed down to the bottom tray. Once the inside walls are clear, remove the tray. Empty the tray into the garbage. Be sure to use the toothbrush on the tray – getting off all of the old crumbs. Pop it back into your toaster and voila! No more burning smell and your counter will be clean when you move the toaster!
Remove Stains from Your Coffee Maker
This hack will make cleaning the inside of your coffee maker a breeze! Fill your coffee pot with 1 part water and 1 part white vinegar. Pour it into your coffee maker. Then, you run it through a cycle as you would normally brew your coffee. The heated water and vinegar will take care of any staining and crud that’s been building up. Now you can sit back and enjoy a nice hot cup of joe in your like new coffee maker.
Make a Soap and Water Smoothie
Really give your blender a good clean by letting it clean itself. Seriously. Scrubbing with a sponge and soap and water is great, but it doesn’t always get away caked on bits that are hiding in nooks and crannies. Fill your blender half full of hot water and a drop or two of dish soap. Put the top on and blend! It’ll move that soapy water around and get into all the places you couldn’t!
Clean Your Burners with No Problem!
This is one that I personally LOVE…I do a WHOLE lot of cooking and I have to be honest…things get dirty! This NO Scrub way to clean your Stove Burners by Vivienne over at The V Spot is SPOT ON get the details and a nice clean stove without the bother!
I LOVE THIS…one of our friends and readers here at The Cottage Market: Alexandra wanted to share one of her favorite Cleaning Hacks…so here it is!!!
Not sure if you’ve covered it before, but cream of tartar is a miracle worker to clean up brushed aluminum, particularly grease/oil spots that have gotten baked in place. Just a bit of water and sprinkle the cream of tartar on and a very light scrub. It also works on enamel (eg stove tops) but requires more elbow grease. I tend to hit that up with some boiling hot water (pour carefully!) that sits for a while, gets sponged up, and a scrub with Bar Keepers Friend (aka my best friend). Thanks Alexandra for sharing!…hugs…
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Kirby Dunton Carespodi says
I knew about a couple of these, but thanks for sharing the rest!
Hi there Kirby…it has been a long time and soooooooo great to hear from you! How are you! I have to visit you soon…please forgive me for being a stranger…I have had some MAJOR health issues and hospitalizations so I am always playing catch-up lol! I hope this finds you well! Sending tons of hugs to you and yours and wishes for a fabulous day!
Alex K says
Not sure if you’ve covered it before, but cream of tartar is a miracle worker to clean up brushed aluminum, particularly grease/oil spots that have gotten baked in place. Just a bit of water and sprinkle the cream of tartar on and a very light scrub. It also works on enamel (eg stove tops) but requires more elbow grease. I tend to hit that up with some boiling hot water (pour carefully!) that sits for a while, gets sponged up, and a scrub with Bar Keepers Friend (aka my best friend).
Hi there Alex! Thank you so much for the great hack! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT and have added it to this weeks cleaning hacks with credit going to you of course! I LOVE that you shared it with us and if you ever have any others…we are ALL EARS!!! I should try to orchestrate a Readers Favorite Hacks Collection…that would be tons of fun! I have to put my thinking cap on to figure out what the best way to do it is : ) Thanks so much once again…here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful day…hugs…
Linda Weeks says
Very good ideas for people who actually take the time to clean between meals! My favorite hack is cleaning the coffee maker/tea pot with cream of tartar, I’ve done that a few times myself and find it works pretty well! About a teaspoon of cream of tartar, to about 3-4 cups of water, let it boil and rinse after it cools.
Funny I’ve never used cream of tartar for anything but cleaning!
You have no idea just how much I appreciate these hacks. I plan to start using these today. Thank you!!!
Hi there Ivory…I am so so happy that you love the hacks! I am working on some more : ) Hope you had tons of fun cleaning : ) Wishing you an awesome weekend and tons of hugs…