The words “spring cleaning” can make the neatest person cringe. They mean more work. As if cleaning all year long wasn’t enough. Spring cleaning is more than just cleaning…it is deep cleaning. Something that most people do not have time for all year long. Since my expertise is cooking, I have decided to focus on spring cleaning and dirt build up prevention tips for the kitchen.
— Baking soda or club soda will clean and shine stainless steel sinks easily. Simply apply directly to surface and scrub a dub dub.
— To Remove stubborn water spots from a stainless sink scrub with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol or vinegar.
— To freshen up your “white” porcelain sinks, place paper towels across the bottom of your sink and saturate with bleach. Let sit over night and rinse.
— After you’ve cleaned your refrigerator and freezer place an open box of baking soda in the back of each to help absorb odors for about a month.
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— A few drops vanilla extract on a piece of cotton placed in the refrigerator will also help eliminate odors.
— Wipe refrigerator with vinegar after cleaning to help prevent mildew.
— Change your refrigerator light bulbs…that way you never have to worry about them burning out during the year.
— To clean baked-on food from a cooking pan, put a dryer sheet in the pan, fill with water, let sit overnight then sponge clean. The anti-static agents help weaken the bond between the food and the pan and the fabric softeners will soften the baked-on food.
— To clean burnt or scorched pans, sprinkle pans liberally with baking soda, adding just enough water to moisten. Let stand over night.
— To get those stubborn stains off of the inside of you microwave; spray liberally with two parts water and one part bleach, heat on high for 20 seconds and let stand for about an hour. The stains should come right off. For really stubborn stains heat for 30 seconds and let sit for 2 – 3 hours.
Cleaning Permanent Marker from Ceramic Tile and Kitchen Cabinets – I have an artistic granddaughter. She drew pictures with a “Little Sharpie” on my ceramic tile floor and kitchen cabinets. I used brake fluid to remove the markings. Just put a small amount on a cloth and rub stains off. Use soap and water to remove brake fluid after markings are gone.
I use rubbing alcohol to clean my window, bathroom fixture, and guitar. Pretty much anything that I want to shine. I buy it from the dollar store for next to nothing and it lasts a very long time.
Use Ketchup on copper bottom pans. Scour with SOS pad or steel scouring pad.
Microwave Cleaning – Drop half a fresh lemon or a good measure of bottled lemon juice into a bowl of water and microwave on full power for three minutes. Not only will baked on splatters simply wipe away, it will leave your microwave smelling wonderful.
“My mother always said” NOT to clean a frig with anything except baking soda, or the smells from soap would stay. To this day, I only clean the frig with baking sofa. It’s actually very good for getting rid of jar or carton marks and it also works very well in the vegetable and fruit drawers. I dissolve a lot of soda with just a just a small amount of water, which makes a nice scrubbing paste.
I can’t wait to try to alcohol tip for shine.