Take the chore out of kitchen cleaning. See how cleaning your kitchen can be done faster, smarter, and better with these tricks that tackle everything from appliances to sinks, and countertops to floors.
The Dirtiest Places in Your Kitchen
Do you know where the dirt lurks in your kitchen? You may be surprised. See where grime loves to hide and how to clean these kitchen trouble spots.
How to Clean Tile
Tile floors are incredibly durable, and look great in any room of your home. To keep them looking like new, it's important to keep them clean. These floors are ceramic tile, and don't require special care. Coarse tiles such as slate, marble, granite, or limestone do require individualized care and often specific cleaners. To clean ceramic or other glazed tile, first sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt and grime. Next, wash the floors with mild detergent and warm water. Using a soft cloth or Shammy-style mop. Avoid sponge mops which push the dirty water into grout lines, only creating more work. If your floors are particularly dirty, change the water often. If the tile looks cloudy, use a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner to remove dirt and residue from the tile. Then, buff dry with a cloth. Give your knees and back a break, and dry the tiles standing up. It's always smart to test any cleaner before beginning. Look to the tile manufacturer for specific instructions, and your floors will look like new for years to come.looking like new, it's important to keep them clean. These floors are ceramic tile , and don't require special care. Coarse tiles such as slate, marble, granite, or limestone do require individualized care and often specific cleaners. To clean ceramic or other glazed tile , first sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt and grime. Next, wash the floors with mild detergent and warm water. Using a soft cloth or Shammy-style mop. Avoid sponge mops which push the dirty water into grout lines , only creating more work. If your floors are particularly dirty, change the water often. If the tile looks cloudy, use a non-abrasive
How to Clean a Stove Top
Learn how to clean different types of stove tops with these smart ideas for glass tops, gas burner grates, and electric coil burners.on a regular basis. For cooked-on stains, soak the grates in warm, soapy water in the sink or a tub. Scrub the grates gently. If they aren't coated, you can use a gentle scouring pad. For coated grates, use a sponge. Remove electric coil burners for easy cleaning. Gently unplug the burner and wipe it with a sponge soaked in warm, soapy water . Be careful not to get the electrical connection wet. Rinse and dry thoroughly before reattaching.
How to Clean Countertops
Learn the tricks to keeping a clean countertop in your kitchen with these ideas for getting the job done faster, smarter, and better.rack, or baskets for kitchen extras. Use a plastic pastry scraper, old credit card or a gift card as a crumb sweeper. Run the card over the surface of the countertop, sweeping crumbs into your hand or directly into the sink. Plus, you can use it to lift off caked-on food, too. Spray the spot with a cleaner and let it sit. Scrape off the residue and wipe clean. The most important part of countertop cleaning is eliminating bacteria. Wipe counters with a germ-killing cleaner that's safe for your countertop material, then dry with a microfiber cloth , which discourages streaks and bacteria growth.
How to Clean Appliances
Tackle tough-to-clean appliances in your kitchen with these smart tricks. We'll show you the secrets to cleaning a dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator.Make cleaning kitchen appliances easy with these tips. Mix together equal portions of water and vinegar in a spray bottle as a food safe cleaner to
How to Clean Grout
Don’t miss these tips on how to easily clean grout and prolong the life of your tile.cloth. One natural cleaning solution is a simple paste of two parts baking soda and one part water. Use a grout brush or old toothbrush to apply the paste to the grout lines . To get twice the scrubbing power, use an old electric toothbrush . Clean all of the grout lines then rinse the area with water. If your grout is stained or discolored, replace the water with vinegar and the baking soda paste. Careful it doesn't bubble over. Apply the paste to the grout and allow it to set a few minutes before scrubbing. Then rinse well. If you have coarse tiles, such as marble, test this method in an inconspicuous area since the acidic vinegar could stain the tile. Hydrogen peroxide is a less acidic option than vinegar. Mix one part peroxide with two parts baking soda . Apply this paste to the grout, scrub, and rinse. There are also plenty of commercial grout cleaners designed to do the job.
How to Clean Stainless Steel
Make the stainless steel appliances in your kitchen sparkle with these tips for cleaning and eliminating smudges and fingerprints.Make your stainless steel appliances shine. Here's how to clean stainless steel faster, smarter, and better. You don't need to overthink it for a fast clean. Using a microfiber cloth dampened with water, wipe it across the stainless steel surface and follow immediately with a dry microfiber cloth or shammy and always go with the green when wiping the surface. Tackle tough spots with rubbing alcohol. This inexpensive solution dissolves oil quickly and dries streak-free. And don't forget the handles, which are fingerprint magnets. Once a month, apply a thin coat of olive oil to the stainless steel Just a few drops on a soft cloth will do the trick. The oil will mask scratches, erase water spots and repel
How to Clean a Sink
Clean the sink in your kitchen with these smart tips for a sink and faucet that shine.Clean a kitchen sink with these tips for doing the job faster, smarter, and better. The same mild soap you use on dishes can be used on your sink. Simply take a minute to wipe out the sink after the dishes are done. And remember the faucet. Now, rinse the sink and wipe everything dry with a microfiber cloth to prevent water spot. Your sink can be dirtier than you may think. Disinfect it regularly with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Replace
How to Clean a Floor
Clean a floor with these smart tricks for doing the job faster, smarter, and better.Clean your kitchen floor using these tips for doing the job faster, smarter, and better. Quick-sweep your kitchen floor daily with an angled broom. A speedy sweep will help prevent dirt from scratching your floors. Clean out a sweeping pattern that ends with the dustpan placed next to the garbage can for easy disposal. A hand broom will make sweeping up the dirt pile easier. And when you mop, hand-wipe the perimeter. Pay attention to the corners where dust loves to hide. Place an old sock over your hand and spritz with cleaner . Run your hand along the floor where it meets the wall and applying as is. For floors that sparkle, dry-mop after you wash.
How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets
Clean kitchen cabinets with these helpful hands for doing the job faster, smarter and better. Skip wiping down cabinets regularly, instead, just spot clean them. Spray multi-purpose cleaner on a micro-fiber cloth. Quickly wipe away fingerprints and splatters on cabinets that are open most often. Wipe around the hardware too. Make it a goal to clean your cabinets entirely once a season, where cabinet by cabinet, emptying the cabinets entirely. Dab in a micro-fiber with mild cleanser and wipe down the shelves, the inside of the doors and door front. Use a toothbrush to clean out crevices and dry the surfaces as you go. Mix a paste of baking soda and water to tackle stains on painted cabinets. Simply rub the pace on to the stain and let it set. Wipe away the paste with a damp cloth and buff the cabinet dry. For wood cabinets, use oil soap for cleaning and adding shine.Clean kitchen cabinets with these helpful hands for doing the job faster, smarter and better. Skip wiping down cabinets regularly, instead, just spot clean them.