The festive season has begun and you know what that means – a top to bottom clean-up of your home till it shines!
A clean-up is probably one of the most dreaded household chores. The daily grind prevents you from cleaning as often as you like. But with the festive season upon us here’s a chance to catch up.
Start the cleaning regimen with the heart of your home — the kitchen. After all, this is where you’ll be preparing all those delicious meals and snacks.
You can easily remove stubborn grease and dirt from your kitchen appliances by using abrasive cleaners and scrubbing pads. But, should you? Overuse of abrasive cleaners can remove the protective layer off some surfaces and take the shine off your kitchen. To make your cooking and other appliances sparkle choose ingredients from your kitchen pantry that are gentle, yet just as effective.
One such magical ingredient is baking soda. Its alkaline nature softens hard water and cuts through grime without requiring any scratching. Its deodorant property will also absorb bad odours and leave your kitchen feeling fresh again.
Another simple way to reduce the amount of cleaning you need to do is to opt for built-in appliances. Since these integrate seamlessly with the area around them, you’ll never have to worry about scraps of food hiding underneath appliances like microwaves and refrigerators.
Here are a few tips to clean specific appliances which you may have ignored for a while.
To ensure that your greasy pots and pans always come out sparkling clean, you’ll need to occasionally clean the dishwasher itself. Food scraps can easily become lodged in small crevices and cause a stink.
First, pull out the racks to wipe down the interior with warm soapy water and a cloth. Then, fill the detergent dispenser with one cup of baking soda and run a hot water cycle to remove grease, smells and stains. For hard-water stains or calcium build up, run a hot water cycle with white vinegar. Check the filter for debris, and use a toothbrush and baking soda to scrub it clean.
To clean the exterior body, soak a microfiber cloth or a soft rag in an all-purpose cleaner or dishwashing liquid and wipe. Dry with a clean cloth.
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You probably don’t clean the kitchen chimney filter as often as you should. Depending on use, a filter should be cleaned at least every two to three weeks. Remove and soak the greasy filter for 10 minutes in warm water. Then use dishwashing soap with a non-abrasive brush to scrub. Rinse the filter thoroughly in hot water and dry.
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Ideally, you should remove all the food items and clean the fridge every month or two. This is a great opportunity to trash any forgotten leftovers that are spoiling.
Pull out all removable shelves and drawers (take note of how to fit them back). Then scrub them with warm water and dishwashing soap in the sink. Let these dry completely before replacing them.
Wipe down the inside of the fridge with a cloth soaked in warm, soapy water too. Stubborn stains can be scrubbed off using some baking soda and a toothbrush. Wipe off all jars, bottles and other containers before place them back into the refrigerator.
To remove any unpleasant odour, leave an opened box of baking soda or freshly ground coffee at the back of the fridge. You can replace the baking soda every one or two months.
Remember to also check your refrigerator’s condenser coils. If the coils are covered with dust, then the heat transfer process will slow down and cause the compressor to work harder to keep the refrigerator cool. Unplug the refrigerator before you attempt to clean the condenser coils. Use a coil brush to remove the dust and debris.
Your meals will taste much better when your food comes from a healthy, non-stinky refrigerator.
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Place a few slices of lemon (or 5 teaspoon of lemon juice) in a coffee mug and fill it with water. Then run the microwave on high power for three minutes. Let the hot liquid sit inside for a few minutes so that the steam softens any food spills. The lemon juice will also absorb the unpleasant odours. Then wipe the exterior body clean with a soft, wet cloth.
Don’t forget to wipe under the microwave as well. But if you’ve got built-in kitchen appliances then that’s one problem solved.
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One of the most difficult cooking appliances to clean is probably the oven. Luckily, you only to need to give it a rub down once in six months.
Pull out the removable racks and place them over two large towels (to prevent scratching) in your bathtub. Cover the racks with hot water and dishwash detergent. Allow the racks to soak overnight. Use a non-abrasive scrub to brush out the softened grime. Rinse and let dry.
Prepare a cocktail of 1 tablespoon white vinegar, a squirt of lemon juice, ½ a cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Then arm yourself with wire wool, a sponge and a toothbrush to remove the gunk from the crevices. Use a damp cloth to wipe it clean. Once the racks are dry you can place them back in the oven.
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Now, just add fresh herbs and pots to your kitchen and you’re all set for the festive season!