We are constantly bombarded with adverts for new, advanced cleaning products that promise to rid your kitchen from stubborn stains, odours and bacteria, but what harm do these products cause to the environment and could they slowly be damaging your brand new kitchen?
The problem with many of the cleaning products available is that they are designed for use on one particular surface, overloading your kitchen cupboards with a multitude of bottles is one thing but if you accidentally use the wrong product on your sparkling new and expensive granite worktop you may cause irreparable damage.
So what’s the answer? It’s simple and effective and comes in the form of three natural products, and, if you have just had a kitchen installed then it is the perfect time to switch to these products!
This common household item is a magical little cleaner. Its fine grit provides a gentle abrasiveness that is safe for all surfaces and when combined with vinegar it dissolves grease on contact. Here are some of our top cleaning tips with baking soda:
To clean tile floors or a backsplash, mix baking soda and water together as a homemade cleaner. Pour half a cup of baking soda into two gallons of water. Then scrub with a mop or sponge.
Remove burnt on stains
Left the biscuits in the oven too long? Cover your baking sheet in baking soda and hot water and allow it to soak to remove burned-on stains. After the soak, scrub with baking soda applied directly on a sponge, rag, or scrubber to remove the most stubborn marks.
Unblock your drains
One of the more caustic products you may have in your home is a commercial drain cleaner designed to unclog sinks. If you’ve ever had a clogged sink, you’ve probably used one of these incredibly corrosive cleaners that can gradually eat away at your pipes.
Instead of using these toxic products, once a week, spoon 2 or 3 tablespoons of baking soda down each of your kitchen drains, followed by 500ml vinegar. Let this mixture sit in the drain for 20 minutes or more without any other liquids going down. While this is sitting, boil some water on the stove. Finally, flush the drains with the boiling water.
Cleaning your fridge
You may already know to deodorise your fridge with a box of baking soda, but don’t forget that you can also sprinkle some onto a damp sponge and use it to clean your fridge’s interior surfaces. Add equal parts baking soda and salt if you need a little scrubbing action on spills and drips. For a deodorisation variation, try storing half a lemon in an open container inside the refrigerator.
Vinegar can practically clean anything in the kitchen. Such a humble substance it is a miracle solution and while it cleans it deodorises and kills bacteria at the same time. Here are a few useful cleaning tips using vinegar.
Cleaning you cooker hood vents
If you have vents above your oven, you should be checking them about every six months for grease build up. To clean, wipe the vents with a sponge soaked in pure vinegar. Use an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar to get at the grime that may have built up in small crevices or other hard-to-reach places. If the filter is metal and removable, give it a soak in a vinegar solution.
Cleaning your microwave
Now, some of us have a natural talent for exploding things in the microwave — usually involving some kind of red sauce that stains. To easily get rid of this type of spatter or greasy build up, add 60ml vinegar to 200ml cup water in a glass-measuring cup. Boil the mixture for three minutes in the microwave. But don’t open the door just yet — let it stand in the microwave for about ten more minutes. Soon, everything should be loosened up nicely.
Removing Lime scale on taps
Soak kitchen towels or rags in white vinegar and wrap round your taps, making sure that the area is saturated. Cover with a plastic bag. After a few hours, you will be able to wash the lime scale off.
According to the salt institute you can use salt in over 14,000 ways and with an inexhaustible supply it has got to be the most environmentally friendly resource on the planet. Salt can tackle some of the toughest jobs in the kitchen; here are a few of our top tips with salt.
If something accidentally spills inside your oven, as soon as it is safely possible (make sure the oven isn’t hot!), cover the mess with salt and let it stand. It should become hard and crisp enough for you to lift off the surface of the cold oven with a plastic spatula or some other item that won’t scratch the interior.
Cleaning Coffeemakers and Coffee Mugs
Remove coffee and mineral stains from the glass pot of an automatic drip coffeemaker by adding 1 cup crushed ice, 1 tablespoon water, and 4 teaspoons salt to the pot when it is at room temperature. Gently swirl the mixture, rinse, and then wash as usual.
Remove tea or coffee stains from light coloured cups and mugs by rubbing the stained areas with salt and a little water. Then wash the mug as usual.
Any spill on your hob can be cleaned up more easily if sprinkled with salt first. The mildly abrasive quality of salt removes stuck-on food, but it won’t mar the surface.
Cleaning Casserole Dishes and Saucepans
Casserole dishes: When you’re faced with stubborn, baked-on food in a casserole dish, add boiling water and 3 tablespoons salt to the dish. Let the dish stand until the water cools, then wash it as usual.
Pots and pans: Get rid of excess grease in a roasting pan by first sprinkling it with salt. Then wipe the pan with a damp sponge or paper towel, and wash as usual.
N.b Before using any cleaning product we recommend checking the suppliers manuals and carrying out a patch test on an unseen area.
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