We know, we know. Nobody wants to actually admit that their kitchen needs a good clean, but if yours is like ours, it totally does. A month of frantic festive cooking has left our cupboards jumbled and our oven filthy, so we are determined to put order on our cooking space. For us, it has to be baby steps, so we’ve put together 9 easy ways to keep your kitchen clean – hopefully we can follow them ourselves!!!
Check Out Those Appliances
If you are put off making smoothies for breakfast because you don’t want to clean your blender, then read on. When you’ve made your smoothie or blended your soup, rinse out the blender. Fill it up with warm water, add a dash of washing up liquid and blitz it on for a few seconds. Rinse out, and hey presto – clean blender.
Clean Your Microwave
Soak a few sheets of kitchen paper with water and lemon juice and put at the base of your microwave before turning on for 30 seconds. The steam will deodorize and disinfect the microwave, as well as loosen any dirt so that it can be easily wiped away.
Clean Your Chopping Board
Sprinkle your wooden chopping boards with sea salt. Cut a lemon in half and rub the cut side over the salt. The abrasive action will remove any ingrained dirt, while deodorizing and disinfecting your board. Genius!
Embrace The Pastry Brush
Not only handy for egg washing your pies, your pastry brush may be your handiest kitchen tool yet. Use it to brush crumbs from the side of your toaster, and to remove every last piece of cheese from a grater. Brilliant!
Scrub kettles, coffee pots and tea pots with one part vinegar, one part bicarbonate of soda for a sparkly clean appliance in no time!
The No Scrub Oven Solution
Make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar and spread over the base of your oven. Leave it overnight and scrape it off with a spatula before wiping down with a warm water and washing up liquid solution.
Sort Out Your Freezer
Defrost and clean out your freezer. If you have a stand up freezer, store flattened bags of frozen sauces and stocks in magazine holders, if you have a chest freezer, choose bags and square storage boxes to maximise space. Stick a permanent marker onto your freezer door and label everything clearly. Finally, remember that a freezer works better when full, so stock up!
Possibly the most hardworking appliance in the kitchen, the dishwasher deserves some weekly love. In an empty machine, sprinkle a packet of bicarbonate of soda over the bottom and follow with half a bottle of white vinegar. Put on a hot wash and go.
Never Go To Bed On A Dirty Kitchen
Every night, wipe surfaces, sweep the floor and put the dishwasher. That way every day will start fresh and clean… at least for a few minutes!