11 Kitchen Cleaning Hacks That'll Keep You Sanitary and Sparkling


I am a mess in the kitchen. A disaster. I'm pretty sure I use every pot, pan, fork, spoon just cooking one meal. So I always have an uphill battle when it comes to cleaning in the kitchen. Luckily, there are a few little tricks to keep your kitchen sparkling without spending all day scrubbing every surface. Check 'em out.

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Don't be a SpongeBob.

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Keep Your Garbage Disposal Lemony Fresh

Vinegar and lemon! Make some not-so-delicious but oh-so-fresh-and-clean lemon-vinegar ice cubes. Every few days, toss a few in and boom! Fresh, odor-free garbage disposal.

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Speaking of Your Disposal...You Should Prob Be Brushing It

While the lemon-vinegar ice cubes will help...the underside of your disposal will probably get pretty gross occasionally. #ew
Cleaning under the "splash guard" is essential to keeping things clean. Using an old toothbrush and kitchen cleaner targeted toward grease cutting, scrub each flap of the splash guard and rinse with cold water.

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Keep That Hood Filter Sparkling

The hood filter gets hit with a lot....and it definitely has battle scars. And those scars are...gross. And the grosser the get, the less effective they get at doing their job (catching grease). These filters should be cleaned periodically and could take a lot of elbow grease, but with the right tools, it doesn't have to be difficult.
Using hot water, dish soap, baking soda, and a good scrub brush, the grease will scrub right off after a good soak.

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Keep Your Pans Sparkling

This post reviews different pot-cleaning methods. Their winner: Barkeeper's Friend. Make a paste (1 part water, 3 parts Barkeeper's Friend) and let it soak with your pans for 10 minutes. And voilĂ ! Beautiful, sparkling pans.

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Keep Your Stove Burners Clean

A good soak in ammonia clears these guys right up. Make sure to check out the full post to find out how to do it safely.

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Your Oven Racks Deserve Some TLC Too

So apparently, the anti-static properties of dryer sheets weaken the clingy-ness of food onto the rack. Make a hot tub of hot water, dryer sheets, and dish soap and let your racks soak. Give them a good scrub with the dryer sheets for good measure.

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It's Easy To Keep Your Wooden Cutting Boards Clean

Again, lemons save the day. Pair them with a little coarse salt and elbow grease and it's like giving your cutting boards a little face lift.

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Um...Your Kitchen Faucets Are Probably Pretty Gross

Hard water can build up on faucets and...it's not pretty. With a little CLR, a baggie, and a little soak (are you sensing a trend here?), sparkling faucets are at your fingertips.

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If Your Faucets Are Sparkling, So Should Your Sinks

Are you ready for this? I don't know if you are. Sit down. Take a deep breath. You can get a deep shine on your sink with....flour. A dry sink, flour, and some elbow grease, sparkle sparkle shiiiine, you have a beautiful sink.

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Don't Forget the Microwave

Vinegar. So good to eat. So helpful with cleaning. Let equal parts water and vinegar heat in your microwave and then scrub it down with the warm water-vinegar mixture. But make sure to check out the full post to reduce your risk for...exploding hot water.

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