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I hate to clean, I really do. It takes so much time out of my day. Time I would rather spend baking, playing with my kids or reading a good book. I really wish I could just say forget it and let the microwave stay dirty and let the tops of the cabinets collect a 3 inch layer of dust. But I can’t. As much as I hate cleaning, I hate a dirty kitchen more. That’s why I compiled a bunch of dirty little tricks that get my kitchen sparkling, but require very little effort on my part. I love y’all so much that I’m happy to share my secrets with you.
1. Easily clean your blender
After you are done making your power smoothie in the morning, just put 2 cups of warm water and a couple drops of Palmolive® Multi Surface dish soap into the blender. Blend for about 20 seconds then rinse and let dry. Easy peasy!
You can find Palmolive® Multi Surface dish soap at your local Walmart in the dish soap aisle. It’s great on all surfaces in your kitchen and kills 99.9% of bacteria.
2. Line your refrigerator shelves with plastic wrap
If you have kids, you have the potential for a messy, gross fridge. To save yourself some time and elbow grease, line your shelves with plastic wrap (the press and seal kind works especially well). Next time you have a spill or find random stickiness, just throw away the messy plastic wrap and recover the shelf. So simple!
3. Garbage disposal tabs
I love these little gems! Nothing gets rid of sink funk like these garbage disposal tablets. They not only get rid of the bad smell that can accumulate in your disposal, but they leave a nice refreshing orange scent in their wake. Check out this post to see how to make them.
4. Add a little vinegar and baking soda to the dishwasher
You would think that a dishwasher would be self cleaning, right? Nope, dishwashers accumulate dirt and grime just like any other appliance in your kitchen. When you start to see the rust spots or soap build up, it’s time to give it a good cleaning. Fortunately for those of us that hate to clean, it’s as easy as running an extra cycle or 2. Just add some vinegar to cup, place it in the top rack of the dishwasher and then run it through a heavy duty cycle. After the cycle sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom and run a short hot cycle. Your dishwasher will sparkle like it’s brand new!
5. Steam your microwave
Most days my microwave looks a crime scene. Pizza and spaghetti explosions are part of everyday life. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I don’t clean it right away and all that sauce gets as hard as concrete and darn near impossible to remove, fortunately I have a hack for that.
Fill a small glass bowl with some warm water and a couple drops of dish soap. As a precaution you should add a wooden toothpick to the bowl to prevent an explosion (the toothpick provides a place for bubbles to form while the water is heating, which prevents the water from exploding in the microwave).
Microwave on high for 4 minutes (or more, if it’s really gross), remove the bowl from the microwave using oven mitts then immediately wipe the microwave out with a damp sponge or paper towel.
This is my favorite hack, it only took me 5 minutes to get my nasty microwave to shine.
6. Put newspaper on the tops of cabinets
This hack is a game changer. I absolutely despise cleaning the tops of my cabinets. All the grime and dust that accumulates there is disgusting. It used to take me hours to get them nice and clean. Now all I do is place old newspapers on top and every month I just throw the old, dirty ones away and replace them with new ones. Now it takes me less than 10 minutes to do what used to take hours.
7. Use mineral oil to clean hood grease
Using oil to clean grease is a hack that goes back generations. If you have stubborn dirt and grime on your oven hood, just pour a little mineral oil on a paper towel or rag and wipe. The mineral oil removes dirt quickly and also prevents more build up so you have to clean less often. A total win-win.
8. Clean sink rust stains and built up sink gunk with a lemon and baking soda
Cut a lemon in half and dip it in some baking soda to create a safe, chemical free way to clean the stubborn build up and rust stains you get in your sink. Just rub the lemon and baking soda all over the inside of the sink, rinse, and soon it will look brand new.
9. Tackle stubborn stove top grease and baked on food with vinegar, dish soap and a sponge.
Use a spray bottle with a 1:1 vinegar water ratio and spray the entire stove top. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Add a few drops of dish soap (again, Palmolive Multi-Surface dish soap is great for this because it is safe on all surfaces) to your sponge and start wiping, you will be surprised at how easily the gunk wipes away, even food that has been baked on comes off with very little effort.
Cleaning doesn’t have to be time consuming and overwhelming. These simple tips can’t cut your cleaning time in half, so you can spend more time doing whatever it is that you really love.
What’s your favorite kitchen cleaning hack?