It's after the holidays, the guests are gone, and your kitchen needs a little love. In this tutorial I will show you my favorite way to clean my kitchen using products you have in your kitchen. The best part - you probably already have everything you need!
You'll need a clean washcloth, vinegar, and a spray bottle
Pour your vinegar in the spray bottle. You can dilute it if you want, but don't need to. The acidity in the vinegar will cut the grease and what will be disinfecting your back splash. Spray your back splash with the vinegar and wipe it down with a clean wash cloth (it's important that it is clean or you will get streaks).
2nd You're Microwave
You'll need a bowl, lemon juice, vinegar, and water
Pour 1 cup vinegar & 1 cup water in a bowl. Add 2 TBSP lemon juice. The acidity again is the cleaning agent in this mixture. Place the bowl in the microwave cook for approximately 7-10 minutes (depends on strength of microwave). When the timer is done, your microwave should be all steamy inside. Use a clean wash cloth and wipe out the entire microwave.
3rd Cleaning Your Appliances
You have 2 options here - Vinegar or Dish Soap (like Dawn).
To use the Vinegar - spray onto the appliance, and wipe off with a clean cloth. Again the acidity is what is cleaning the greasy finger marks and gunk.
To use Dish Soap - make a sink of hot soapy water. Using a clean wash cloth wipe off your appliance. Dish soap is a base and cuts through grease and gunk.
Additional information for those who have stainless steel appliances:
*If you have stainless steel appliances - when cleaning with the vinegar or dish soap wipe with the grain.
Stainless Steel is dry and needs to be moisturized. Using olive oil on a clean microfiber cloth, wipe with the grain of the stainless steel on your appliances after you clean them.
4th Your Sink
Sprinkle with baking soda, scrub it clean, and rinse.
Baking soda is a base that cuts through grease & dirt.
You can also use baking soda to scrub your refrigerator handles clean, as well as your pantry door & handle clean.
Baking soda is abrasive so do not use on anything you don't want to scratch (like stainless steel)
5th Your Oven
If you have a vent be sure to cover it with painters tape to prevent things from falling in between your oven windows. Sprinkle your oven window with baking soda (this was a picture from my first time doing this and you do not need this much baking soda - lol).
Spray with a little water to dampen your baking soda (you want to make a paste)
Using a clean damp wash cloth - start scrubbing. You can do this on the entire oven and oven window. Once you are done scrubbing, use a shop vac or broom to clean up the dirty baking soda mixture, and rinse with clean water and a clean wash cloth until all the baking soda is gone and your oven is clean. You can see my full tutorial & video on oven window cleaning here(and you can clean the entire oven with this method).
*Extra tip - if your having a hard time cutting through the grease in your oven, make a paste of dish soap and baking soda and then scrub.
6th Your Oven Racks
Place a towel in the bottom of your bath tub to protect your tub. Lay your oven racks on top of the towel. Add 1/2 cup dish soap (like Dawn) and fill the tub with hot water just until it covers the oven racks. Let them soak for 8 hours. The dish soap is cutting through all that grease.
After they have soaked, scrub with a piece of tin foil, scrub pad, or toothbrush and the grease should just wipe right off. Rinse and put back in your oven. They'll look like brand new!
7th Your Counters & Table
Wipe off your counters with a wash cloth and water. This first step is to get the worst up - crumbs, spills, grease pools, etc. After that is complete, make a sink of dish soap (like Dawn) and hot water. Use a clean and new wash cloth, dip in the clean soapy water, and wipe off all our counters and table. The key to streak free counters is the clean wash cloth with the clean soapy water - works every time!
8th - Your Refrigerator & Freezer
Go through your refrigerator & freezer and get rid of anything you don't use, that's expired, etc. Take the shelves and drawers out and wash them in a sink full of clean soapy (dish soap) and water.
With a clean wash cloth wash all the walls and anything that cannot be removed to be washed inside the refrigerator and freezer.
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