It doesn’t take much to turn your freshly cleaned kitchen into a food-splattered disaster area, especially if you cook often. Kitchens are hotbeds for grimy buildup, spills, and other messes, so keeping up on the cleaning can seem like a constant hassle. To spend less time cleaning and more time doing what you enjoy, try these easy clean kitchen hacks and restore your kitchen back to its clean and mess-free state!
Get Your Sink Sparkling Clean
You can easily clean your kitchen sink by wetting it down and sprinkling it with baking soda. The high pH level of the baking soda will remove stains, soap scum, and caked-on foods. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the sink, including the caulked sealing around the sink and faucet. Then, after you rinse the entire basin with water, removing all the baking soda residue, you’ll be left with a clean, shiny sink.
Prevent Clogs: By periodically pouring boiling water down your drain, you could prevent clogs from forming. For an even more effective cleaning method, you can also pour baking soda down the drain before dumping the boiling water down.
Easily Clean Your Microwave
It can be hard to prevent food from popping and splattering inside your microwave, and it can be even more difficult to clean your microwave once the exploded food has caked on to the walls. For a simple fix, put a cup of water and lemon juice (or a cup of white vinegar) into the microwave and microwave it for up to 3 minutes. Once your timer sounds, you can easily scrub off the softened gunk and food splatter.
Solve Stuck-On Food Problems
To easily wipe away baked-on foods, fill your dirty dish or pan with warm water and soak a dryer sheet in it. Let your water-filled dish sit overnight. In the morning, you should be able to take a sponge and wipe away the stuck-on food with no trouble at all.
Give Your Blender A Bath
Starting your day with a freshly blended smoothie sounds great, but the messy cleanup afterward can be enough to steer you away from using your blender. Easily clean your blender by filling it half full with warm water and adding in a few drops of dish soap. Put on the cap, turn your blender on, and watch the sudsy concoction do all the hard work for you. Be sure to thoroughly rinse your blender to remove soap residue and return it to its sparkling clean state.
Thwart Mildew With Binder Clips
Kitchen sponges are often one of the germiest items in the kitchen. When you set them down on the edge of your sink, the damp environment creates an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew. Keep your sponges clean, dry, and mildew-free by propping them up with a binder clip. Letting air get to your sponge will help it dry faster and fend off unsightly mildew buildup around your sink.
Streak-Free Stainless Steel
You can keep down on the number of cleaning products in your RV by using simple glass cleaner to clean all of your stainless steel appliances. This will give them the same streak-free shine of a specialty cleaning product. If you are concerned about the chemicals in cleaning products, you can also buff your stainless steel appliances with flour before rinsing them off with water. Though this method requires a bit more effort, it works just as well as glass cleaner and it might be safer for you too!
Reduce Mess With A Cutting Board
Using an over-the-sink cutting board will not only maximize your countertop space, but it will also help to prevent veggie scraps, fruit peelings, and meat juices from making a mess during meal prep. As an added bonus, you can also use the cutting board to hide dirty dishes if you don’t feel like washing them right away!
Clean Cutting Boards: Even if your cutting board appears clean, it could still be coated with a layer of grime. Give your cutting board a deep cleaning by sprinkling it with coarse salt and scrubbing it with half a lemon. Let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Get Rid of Rust Spots
If you notice spots of rust forming on your silverware, there is a simple solution! Soak your stained silverware in a glass of lemon juice, and then rinse them off before drying. As you hand dry them, the rust stains should magically wipe away!
Clean Your Oven With Ease
The self-cleaning cycle on your oven can cause your range to reach dangerously high temperatures. Skip the strain it causes to your stove and try this simple method of cleaning your oven. Just put a 1/2 cup of ammonia in a bowl and place it inside of your fully-cooled oven. Let it sit there overnight, without turning your oven on, and easily wipe away the grimy buildup in the morning.
While these easy clean kitchen hacks won’t make cleaning your kitchen more fun, they can simplify the job. For the ultimate RV kitchen cleaning hack though, just do all your camp cooking outside! Check out these recipes for in-the-fire baked potatoes and campfire chicken, and let Mother Nature handle the messy meal prep so your kitchen can stay clean!
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