Cleaning the kitchen doesn’t have to require loads of cleaners or gadgets or systems. Here’s what helps me keep my work-horse kitchen looking great.
- Steam cleaner.
I currently have my in-law’s Scunci steamer on loan while they are overseas for a year. I’m in love with the magic machine. It heats up water into steam that you can direct and shoot through a variety of nozzles to clean practically anything. I recently took apart a lot of my dishwasher and steamed off 3 years of hard water build up (since the hard water in our area could probably clean out your GI tract). My dishes went from “why did I even bother with the dishwasher” to perfectly clean. Remarkable. I’m not an “as seen on TV” infomercial evangelist, but I’m holding up my hands to this one, saying “Hallelujah, I believe!” Here’s a similar one.
- Hot Water
Yes, even if you don’t have a fancy steamer just a bit of hot water will go a long way in removing build up. Grab a glass bowl of water and microwave it for five minutes. Don’t open the microwave for another five, letting things cool of and condensate. Open the door, and you should be able to wipe off any grime with ease. Dip a towel in a bowl of hot water and then let it sit for a few minutes on a crusty counter top or sticky refrigerator shelf. The crud will soften, and cleaning will be a simple swipe.
Are you a believer in vinegar? I am. I love keeping a gallon of inexpensive white vinegar to clean my windows with and break up that pesky hard water. You can place a ½ cup in a right-side up glass in the dishwasher, and it will help soften the water as the dishes rinse preventing spots. I also pour a slosh into the pot when I do water bath canning- it makes the jars come out crystal clear instead of cloudy from hard water. I dilute it 50/50 strength for washing windows.
- Knit Dish Cloths
I like microfiber for cleaning glass, but when it comes to the sink, I want a cloth that doesn’t hold on to every last food particle. Ick. Also, I am in love with supporting the knitting grandmas of the world selling their wares on Etsy. In a previous life I knit my own dish cloths (because squares and variations on squares are the only things I am capable of knitting), but then life got busy, and I discovered Etsy selling them for much less than the time cost me. $10-$20 for a set of five hand-knit cotton dish cloths that last years and add a lovely homemade touch to my kitchen that I didn’t have to create. Buy an open weave in a dark color and never care when you stain them with beet juice, chocolate, or turmeric.
- Bon Ami
It comes in gold-colored cans for a reason. This non-toxic, non-abrasive powder scrub is like gold in my kitchen. It’s how I keep my white counter tops white, lifting off every single stain: pomegranate juice, turmeric, and permanent marker. Trust me, there are stains I thought that only prayer would lift, but a good paste soak and scrub and by golly by the next day they are gone. Every. Single. Time. Also, this is the best stuff for scrubbing sinks, cookware, and even greasy toaster oven doors. And, it’ll set you back $2 for a can. Bar Keeper’s Friend cleaner is another option for the same tasks.
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