For most of us, cleaning isn’t something we wake up dying to do every day (though it can certainly be cathartic under the right circumstances), but nevertheless, it’s something that has to be done.
Unless you enjoy living among filth and vermin, in which case, good luck and scoot along.
If you want to keep a nice clean kitchen and are always looking for easier and more effective ways to get that done, we’ve got 6 simple hacks you can try!
6. Remove bacteria from your microwave.
All of those spills and splatters can breed bacteria in your microwave, and most of us don’t remember to clean it out as often as possible.
It’s easy if you just nuke a few wet paper towels for about a minute, then leave them sit for another 5 minutes.
Wipe down the inside with the hot towels, then toss them – no fuss, no fumes, ready to go!
5. Make your oven shine.
When your oven is off and all the way cool, soak paper towels in vinegar and lay them across the racks, over the glass door, and bottom.
Basically, cover every surface with wet paper towels.
Leave them for an hour and then wipe the whole thing down – it should sparkle!
4. Don’t forget the light switches.
Everyone in your house touches the light switches multiple times a day, which means they’re one of the dirtiest places in the house.
But one I bet you don’t think about wiping down regularly.
Get them germ-free and squeaky clean with white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and rubbing alcohol.
Important point… DO NOT MIX them. Just spray each one one a paper towel, then use the towel to wipe your switches.
3. Prevent those messes in your fridge.
Containers leak, kids spill things, and husbands put away seeping leftovers – it happens to the best of us.
Get ahead of those sticky, gooey messes on your shelves by place paper towels, plastic wrap, or parchment paper on the shelves then throwing it away/replacing it when the inevitable goop appears.
2. Make sure your cutting board is safe.
I think we’re all aware that cutting boards can harbor bacteria and viruses, too – especially if they’re made of wood, which can soak things like that up.
You can clean it easily with a tablespoon of bleach in a gallon of water. Use it to cover your cutting board and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, rinse it with water and pat it dry.
You can use it without worry for a few days until you’ll need to do it again!
1. Your sink needs attention, too.
Make it sparkle by scrubbing it with a baking soda paste – it will look like you spent all day scouring it, but in reality, it will only take a few minutes.
If you use a paper towel instead of a rag, the cleanup is a snap, too
I’m definitely going to employ some of these today!
What’s your favorite cleaning hack? Share it with us in the comments!