Kitchen Cleaning Tips

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Jan 01, 2011 | Networx Team
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Who doesn't want a clean kitchen? There probably aren't too many homeowners who don't mind a dirty kitchen. A mess is one thing, but dirt is another. Keeping a clean kitchen is important for health reasons, too, as there are many food-borne illnesses that can be contracted through unclean countertops transferring dangerous germs. Here you will read some kitchen cleaning tips to help enhance your cleaning experience, and maybe even cut down on the time needed to get your kitchen clean. If you are short on time, a weekly cleaning person or cleaning service can be a huge help for you. Find reliable cleaning services in your area.

Tip 1: Don't Mix Cleansers

This is always an important point that can't be overstated. The reason cleansers should not be mixed is because of the potential dangerous combination between ammonia and bleach. Always take caution with chemical-based cleansers. You can avoid this potential hazard altogether by using natural cleaning products.

Tip 2: Beware of Sponges

Sponges work well for cleaning, but also are a breeding ground for germs. Use your dish sponge only for the dishes and avoid keeping a sponge for wiping down counters. Instead, use paper towel sparingly, or consider using bar cloths or wash cloths to wipe counters. Using cloths is a more economical and environmentally friendly option compared to paper towel use. Simply wash them in hot water with a bit of bleach to ensure they are disinfected.

Tip 3: Zap Your Sponges

A great way to disinfect your dish sponge is to put it into the microwave for one minute. You might also consider keeping a sponge schedule to make sure you change your sponges in a timely manner. Even if your sponge looks okay, it still may be time to replace it. You can wash the sponge in the dishwasher, but it may not remove as many germs as putting it into the microwave.

Tip 4: The Toothbrush

A toothbrush is a great kitchen cleaning tool. Use it to remove dirt and grime from the faucets and sink.

Tip 5: Be Careful with Marble Surfaces

Do not use anything other than Ivory liquid dish soap on marble. Harsher cleansers will damage the surface. Always dry marble to prevent water spots. Marble stains easily, so wipe spills immediately. Do not use vinegar or orange-based cleaners to clean marble. The acid in them will damage the surface. Peroxide is safe for stain removal.

Garbage Disposals

There are several ways to clean out a garbage disposal. For odor removal, try grinding lemon peel through the disposal. The acid in the peel will also help to clean out the disposal drain. Another tip is to sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of baking soda down the drain, drop in two ice cubes and turn it on. Then run the hot water for a few minutes while the disposal is working.

Cleaning the Drain

You should give a thorough cleaning to your kitchen sink drain at least twice a year by deodorizing the drain. Pour in 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. Then, plug the drain tightly. Let the mixture sit for five minutes, then flush with boiling water. Do not use this combination after using any commercial drain opener or cleaner.

Microwave Cleaning Tips

To clean your microwave oven, mix together 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice or vinegar and 2 cups of water in a 4-cup glass microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for two to three minutes. Carefully remove the bowl and wipe the microwave with paper towels. A super simple way to clean out the microwave (for light spills or dirt) is to boil a glass of water. Let the glass sit in the microwave for a few minutes to allow the steam to set in. After a few minutes, remove the glass with caution (it will be very hot) and simply wipe down the microwave. The steam works really well to remove any dirt.

SAFETY TIP: To prevent superheating, insert a toothpick or wooden skewer in water before microwaving it.


If you have a spill in the oven and it burns on the oven floor, sprinkle a handful of salt on the mess. The smoke will be reduced and the spill easier to clean after the oven cools. You can add some cinnamon to the salt to help reduce odors. For heavy oven cleaning (if you do not have a self-cleaning oven), simply make a paste using 3/4 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of salt and 1/4 cup of water and spread it throughout the interior (avoid bare metal, and clog any openings with foil first); leave overnight. Remove with a plastic spatula and wipe clean.


Try to do a quick wipe of your fridge about twice a month. You'll be surprised how much it helps to keep the fridge in good shape. To keep a fresh smelling fridge, always keep an open box of baking soda in the fridge.

Vent Hoods

Wipe the hood's exterior with hot, soapy water and a soft cloth once a week; rinse with a second hot, damp cloth. If you use your vent hood often, then consider removing the filters once a month to soak them in a solution of hot water and dish washing liquid. Brush them gently with a plastic scrub brush. Rinse and dry well before replacing.

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