Kitchen Cleaning Tips: The Basics

Did you think Spring Cleaning was over? Well, we have bad news and good news. The bad news is that cleaning never stops, but the good news is that if you keep up with it, you will have an impeccably clean home and will only have to clean a little at a time. Think all the wonderful summer months ahead that we hope to have many cookouts and parties in our homes. We all want to maintain a clean and crisp kitchen for when our lovely guests make an appearance. There isn’t a better time to start it. So, get up ladies, and lets start our kitchen cleaning!

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1. To begin, zap your stone counter stains with hydrogen peroxide. You can remove most coffee or juice stains with a little hydrogen peroxide in water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. For everyday wear and tear of your stone countertops, buff away small scratches with superfine dry steel wool called “grade 0000.” This, we consider, every day basic kitchen cleaning. Just have that little mixture on hand all the time.

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2. Use baking soda to mop up tile. To clean tile floors or a backsplash, we suggest mixing baking soda and water together as a homemade cleaner. Pour half a cup of baking soda into two gallons of water, and scrub with a sponge or string mop.

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3. Clean Cast iron with salt. To clean a cast-iron pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil and place on medium heat. Once the pan is heated, pour in 3 tablespoons of salt. Next, using a tong to hold a paper towel, scour until clean. Finally, rinse and coat with vegetable oil to cure. Done! This is a kitchen cleaning secret that needs to be heard!

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4. Shine floors with white vinegar. Everyone wants their wood floors to have that nice clean shine, so get yourself a bucket and pour nine parts water to one part white vinegar. This cheap trick has been passed around for decades!

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5. Wipe away wall splatters. There are basically two types of stains on painted walls: oil and waterborne. For the waterborne ones, we suggest you take a wet cloth or paper towel to clean them away. These stains would include things like ketchup, wine, Jell-O, mustard, and other water based substances. For oily stains, such as cooking grease or crayons, try using a little mild dish washing soap mixed with water, and then, rinse with water as well.

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6. Remove Tarnish with ketchup! It’s not just for french fries! To remove tarnish from copper and brass fixtures, pots, and pans, give ketchup a shot. Dab some onto a soft cloth and gently rub. Finish by rinsing with warm water.

That’s all we’ve got today for kitchen cleaning tips, but don’t worry! There are many more tips and tricks to come!

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