Cleaning the kitchen can be such a difficult challenge. You’ll need to clean your sink, floor, and all the cabinets. On top of these, you also have to take care of the eating and cooking utensils. If you don’t use life hacks, it might take you forever to clean the kitchen. Here are some handy tips that you can use to keep your kitchen tidy.
Cleaning your stove top can really be difficult, because it is often prone to so many spills and stuck-on messes. You don’t have to buy expensive solutions to get the job done. With this life hack, cleaning your stove will be significantly easier! Combine one tablespoon of salt with one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of water. Mix the paste together. Use the mixture like an ordinary cleaner, and scrub away!
You can easily clean stains on coffee and tea mugs, by rubbing them with lemon peel and salt. This combination is powerful against dirt and stains.
If you use a blender or a food processor, you don’t need to scrub and wash the container. Simply “blend” or “process” a few drops of dishwashing liquid along with half a cup of water. Let the machine clean itself for you! You don’t need to exert effort anymore. All you have to do is press a button.
A kitchen is the heart of any home. Most modern homes in cities have very small kitchens, so you have to really think about the space to optimize every available nook and cranny.
A lot of work gets done in the kitchen and it should be ready at any time of the day. Everything that you do to make your life a little easier in this room will save you heaps of time and effort. Cooking only becomes a drag if you have to fight your way around the kitchen.
Here are some simple and more involved things to make the kitchen a “healthy” heart of the home.
1. A fire blanket and/or fire extinguisher is a must in every kitchen. Make sure everybody in the house knows how to use them.
2. Because you are working with food and beverages the kitchen should always be clean. To make this possible, try to clear up as much counter space as possible. If an appliance is used only occasionally, pack it into the back of a cupboard or even in the pantry or attic.
3. Install electrical outlets under the top cupboards to get electrical cords out of the way.
4. You can change your kitchen as the seasons change – in the same way as you change your clothing cupboards. Replace the ice cream maker with the crockpot in winter, or swop your soup bowls for salad bowls in the summer. Most of the time it is just a matter of repacking a cupboard.
5. Invest in covers for all your appliances that stand in the open. It will keep them clean, and if you make a mess in the kitchen it is easier to put the covers in the wash than to clean every appliance.
6. Most of the action takes place around the oven, stove or hob. Make sure that all the utensils, pots and pans are within easy reach so that you do not have to run around looking for things.
7. If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, opt for drawer units for all the floor-standing units. It is very difficult to find a pack or clean things in floor cupboards. This is especially true for things that land up at the back. Drawers should pull out all the way so that you can see everything at once glance. The drawer units work well if the sizes of the drawers are not all the same. Use pot drawers at the bottom for pots, mixing bowls, appliances and tall food ingredients. Use medium drawers for crockery, dinner service, condiments, glasses and cooking utensils. Use shallow drawers for cutlery, spices and cups. If you like baking, install 7 or 8 shallow drawers in the counter for all your baking tools, cookie cutters, pans, icing bits and pieces as well as all the food coloring, essence, palette knives and cake boards. By having a lot of shallow drawers, nothing lies on top of each other and everything is visible when you need something.
8. Convert your kick plates under the cupboards to either drawers or boxes to stand on to reach the top cupboards.
9. Lift your dishwasher by 9 to 12 inches by placing it on a little cupboard with a single drawer. Store dishwashing soap, cleaning chemicals or rags in this drawer. By lifting the dishwasher, you will save your back when loading and unloading dishes. This is very important if you consider that the heaviest items are normally at the bottom of the appliance.
10. Some houses have a dining room next to the kitchen. If you hardly ever use your dining room, break out the wall between the kitchen and dining room and enlarge your kitchen. You might even have space for a colorful couch in your new kitchen for your guests to relax on while you are preparing food.
11. If your sink is clogged, you can use Alka-Seltzer tablets to unclog the drains. If you want to prevent glasses & silverware from breaking, use rubber bands to keep them in place. You can also put old newspapers at the bottom of the trash bag in the bin to absorb leftover food juices and keep your trash cans clean and dry. This will prevent any sort of liquid from creating a mess in your kitchen.