Cleaning your Kitchen and Bathroom
Homemade tips for cleaning your kitchen and bathroom
Yes cleaning kitchens and bathrooms are a chore, both are high traffic areas that you want look immaculate for family and guests.
Here are a few ways to make life a little easier cleaning them.
Kitchens are no longer a spot just to cook, it’s a communal room where the family gathers so it tends to get messy.
- Most oven cleaning products on the market now are hazardous and toxic so use caution. here’s a few tips:
- Wipe up any spills inside self-cleaning ovens so they don’t stain and burn
- Use salt to sprinkle to any recent spills it’ll come up easier when the stove cools and you can wipe it off with a sponge.
- Use a little dishwasher soap on the bottom of the oven, cover with paper towels and let stand for a few hours, any spills or stains will come up much easier.
A damp rag and a little baking soda goes a long way here! Dip the damp rag in baking soda to wipe down the inside and outside of the dishwasher and glass cleaner works great on the chrome trim.
- If there is an odor coming from your dishwasher sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom and let it sit overnight.
- From time to time you may notice a film building up on your dishes and dishwasher, to remedy this place a bowl in the bottom of your dishwasher and add a cup of bleach. Run it through a normal wash cycle without drying. Take out the bowl and refill it with one cup of white vinegar and run your dishwasher through an entire cycle.
If you have hard water or discoloration of your sink and you would like to make it whiter, Place paper towels across the bottom of the sink and saturate with bleach for about half an hour then rinse.
- Grease clogs? Pour 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of salt down the drain, following up with boiling water.
- Rust marks on stainless steel sinks? Rubbing down with a bit of lighter fluid, then wipe down with a liquid cleaner.
- Remove water spots with a little rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and a cloth.
No matter how hard you try there will be soap scum, toothpaste and other messes building up, here are some recipes to make your cleaning a bit easier and cheaper.
– White vinegar and water works great on hard water deposits.
– For your bath tub mix:
1/2 a cup of vinegar
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 cup of clear ammonia
1 gallon of hot water
This works wonders on porcelain, fiberglass and other fixtures. Just be sure to use rubber gloves and keep the room ventilated as this can be a bit harsh.
– Lemon Oil on bathroom tiles will keep up a great shine
– Rubbing alcohol shines chrome fixtures great
– If you have a clogged shower head Boil it in a mixture consisting of:
1 quart of water
1/2 cup of white vinegar
Boil for 15 minutes
Plastic shower heads? soak in a hot vinegar-water solution of the same ratio
– Grout cleaner
3 cups of baking soda
1 cup of warm water
Mix together untill it gets a paste like consistency and scrub away with a toothpaste. Dipping the toothbrush in bleach will kill the mildew and I like to use white shoe polish to cover up any off-color spots.
Remember folks, never combine cleaning agents. Doing so can cause chemical reactions that can be harmful or even deadly. Be safe!