Keeping it all clean can be a Herculean task for even the best of us, but nothing feels better than when the house is sparkling. (Especially that kitchen!) We do our best to keep it all shiny and we’ve got a few helpful tips and tricks that make our lives easier – and cleaner. From restoring an old skillet to an unexpected microwave cleaner, here are our all-time favorite cleaning hacks. Save yourself some scrubbing!
1. Quick Clean Your Blender
Cleaning the blender after your morning smoothie can be a huge pain (and a little hazardous getting your hand down near that blade) but we’ve got a quick trick that makes easy work of it. When you’re ready to clean, just rinse it out the blender jar, add soap and warm water, pop on the lid, and run it on high for a few seconds. All the gunk will be gone! Give it a final rinse and you’re good to go.
2. Furniture Polish Makes Anything Shiny
Stainless steel fridges are sleek and pretty, but it can be hard to keep them free of fingerprints and smudges. Furniture polish to the rescue! Spritz some polish on your fridge and give it a quick wipe down. It shines right up and helps keep smudges at bay.
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3. A Clean Dishwasher = Cleaner Dishes
If your dishes aren’t coming out clean, it’s likely that your dirty dishwasher is the culprit. (Yes, they need cleaning sometimes, too.) It’s easy:
– Check the drain to make sure it’s free of debris.
– Place a clean cup filled with white vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher and run a wash cycle on the hottest water setting.
– After the vinegar cycle, sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the dishwasher and run it through another short wash cycle. Voila, sparkling clean!
4 Clean All Your Stuff In The Dishwasher
Well, pretty much everything. Our favorite alternate use of the dishwasher is to load it up with toys. It’s a quick and easy way to disinfect a big batch. But you can also clean rubber boots, switchplates, small window screens, your kitchen sponge and scrub brushes, hairbrushes, computer keyboards… even a big potato harvest. The list is nearly endless, so think beyond the dish!
5. Rusty Skillet? Grab A Potato
Unlike a lot of things, cast iron skillets get better with age. But they can rust. If yours has gone a little red, never fear. There’s an easy way to fix it so you can ensure your skillet will be passed down for generations. First, cut a potato in half. (Yes, you read that right.) Then, sprinkle the skillet liberally with salt. Using the cut side of the potato, rub the salt into the skillet, scrubbing the sides, bottom, and edges of the pan. The potato keeps the salt just moist enough to get off all that rust. Once clean, place the skillet over low heat to remove any moisture and grease the skillet liberally with oil. Use a clean paper towel to remove any extra oil and keep the pan on low heat for a half an hour and you’ll have a clean, nonstick cast iron pan again!
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6. Make Your Sink Shiny And New
If you have a stainless steel sink, you can make it shine bright with a little bit of baking soda, flour, and oil. (We’re not baking, we’re cleaning. Promise.) Sprinkle the soda around the sink and add just enough warm water to form a paste. Scrub the entire sink with an old sponge or toothbrush. Once the paste dries, use a wet cloth to wipe it off. If you have any rust or water spots, you can use vinegar to remove them. Next, sprinkle a little bit of flour (about a tablespoon) in the sink and use a dry cloth to polish the steel. Rinse it off and wipe dry. Last, use a few drops of oil on a cloth to give it a shiny finish. Your sink has never looked better!
7. When Life Hands You Lemons…
… clean your microwave? It really works. Cut up a lemon and place it in a small bowl with a little bit of water. Put it in the microwave and let it “cook” for a few minutes on high. Once it dings, let it sit for a few minutes to let the steam work its magic. Open the door and wipe down with a damp sponge. The citrusy steam lifts off dried-on gunk and smells amazing.
8. Back To The Baking Soda
Baking soda and vinegar are a magical cleaning duo (which is why they’re making a third appearance on this list) and we’ve found they’re the best way to get your stovetop looking new again. Just clean your stovetop of crumbs and then sprinkle it generously with baking soda. Using a spray bottle, spritz the whole thing with vinegar and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Then scrub away the dried-on gunk with ease!