One might think that my kitchen would be spotless considering the fact that I hate the idea of cooking — you would be incorrect in that assumption. For some reason, my kitchen is the most difficult room in our home to keep clean, probably because I hate being in there so I avoid it when possible. We do use our kitchen, if not for gourmet meals, at least to heat up frozen dinners and dish take-out, so it does require some cleaning. I have finally realized that creating a daily checklist for cleaning the kitchen helps make the job easier. In addition, easy kitchen cleaning ideas provided by my friends and family made the job less daunting.
My kitchen-cleaning checklist includes daily chores such as wiping down the countertops, sweeping the floor, washing dishes and cleaning the sink. Each week I mop the floor, wipe down appliances and clean the microwave. By keeping up with the chores each week, I have a cleaner kitchen with less hassle.
I prefer to use green kitchen cleaning products so I searched to find one that is easy and versatile. Baking soda is a great green cleaning agent for kitchens that has many kitchen cleaning applications. An easy kitchen cleaning solution made from combining ¼ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of white vinegar and 1 gallon of hot water is great for removing grease while deodorizing surfaces. Baking soda mixed with warm water will remove yellow stains from white appliances too. Some people use baking soda to sprinkle in the bottom of trashcans to help control odor; however, I use cat litter deodorizer that contains baking soda to keep the garbage can fresh. Baking soda is great for deodorizing the fridge (washing the walls and leaving an opened box inside) but you can also place an opened box under the sink to keep that area smelling fresh too.
Some other easy kitchen cleaning ideas I have found useful include:
• Put salt with a little cinnamon on oven spills – – it makes cleanup easier when the oven is cool and the cinnamon helps reduce the burnt odor.
• A quick way to clean a messy blender – fill halfway with warm water, add a couple drops of dishwashing liquid, blend and rinse.
• Wrap vinegar-soaked paper towels around kitchen faucets to remove lime and mineral deposits (let sit for about an hour).
• Keep a spray bottle of one part bleach to four parts water beside the sink to clean up messes before they become a bigger mess.
My wonderful mother