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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Welcome the New Year Into Your Clean Home

Okay, people. It’s 2016! We need to start preparing our homes for the new year! Getting everything prepared will help us take a breath and relax before jumping into the chaos that inevitably awaits us ahead. Where do we even start? Say it with me! Out with the old, in with the new!

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For starters, this is not replacing Spring-cleaning. Sorry people, but this is in addition to Spring-cleaning. On the plus side though, it will make it a whole lot easier when it comes times for all that fun dusting.

Out with the old starts in whichever room your little heart desires. The simple first step is just to de-clutter your home. Clutter brings unnecessary chaos. Try and tap into those certain areas you don’t think about all the time, such as empty shampoo bottles, old razors, old magazines, old clothes, old anything really. Just get rid of it already! There is a theory when you’re moving that if you haven’t used an item in a year, don’t pack it. Toss it instead. Use that same theory when de-cluttering your home. You won’t even remember that old coffee mug in a week.

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Finally do those household chores you’ve been putting off. Do your laundry. Go ahead and sweep, mop, and vacuum. Wash and change all your sheets and towels. We all know how amazing it feels sleeping on fresh sheets. Don’t deny yourself that luxury when starting the New Year.

Make your bathroom beautiful! Clean it. Wipe down all the counters and mirrors. Wipe down everything you. Even clean the shower. No one likes to do it, so that isn’t a good excuse people! We know this is part of the Spring-cleaning checklist, but we should be doing this much more often than we do now anyway.

Take out all of your trash. That is kind of common sense and just part of your daily chores, but what isn’t included in that? Actually clean your trashcans! We never think about this because it is where all dirty things go, but we seriously need to clean those gross buckets every once in awhile.

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Now that we have gotten done de-cluttering the home and cleaning EVERYTHING, clear up what is left of the clutter. You still have a bunch of coffee mugs left? Put them away nice and neat. It’s as simple as that. Just put away what is left. Make as much space as possible. This includes all the old food you just threw out of your refrigerator. Wipe down the shelves and make it look clean. You’ll want this when you’re stocking your fridge.

Be a man! Get down to yard work! It has been an extremely hot winter, so you can’t even have the excuse that it’s too cold outside. Get your butt outside and clean up the yard. Just make it look as nice and pretty as the inside of your home.

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Last, but not least, clean that car! We all know, especially after the holidays, your car is a black hole where things get sucked in and never taken back out. Don’t start the New Year like that! Take a garbage bag and do away with all the trash. Take in all the extra clothes that are more than likely piled in your backseat. Keep a jar next to you as well, because you are probably going to find quite a bit of change your car ate up.

Everyone loves the feeling of being clean and on top of things. Let yourself have that pleasure this New Year, even if it only lasts a day!

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