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Kitchen Cleaning DIY & Tips

05.17.17

I don’t want to make cleaning into a stressful process and so I like to set a day and time to make it into a peaceful time.  I like to see cleaning as a workout and a moment to just zone out while listening to upbeat or relaxing music. By getting into that right mind set, cleaning can actually be a peaceful experience.

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Cleaning supplies:

I’m so happy to find more natural and eco-friendly alternatives in main stream retailers like Target. However, keep in mind not all natural companies are honest about their claims. Lots of items can be made from plants but how it’s extracted and formulated is a different story. I’m still optimistic that we’re heading toward a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle.

I like to keep around cleaning towels in replacement to paper towels. It’s reusable and all you have to do is throw them in the washer after each usage.

Loofah Sponge : It’s great for cleaning dishes and cleaning the home. You can use it and disinfect it in your dish washer or hot boiling water. This is claimed to be made of 100% plant, let’s hope it true!

A couple of cleaning solutions to have in storage and ready for use are

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Distilled White Vinegar

 

All Purpose Spray:

I use this on almost everything. My counter and table tops. I don’t recommend this on porous materials like granite and marble as it can wear down he material.

  • 16 oz spray bottle
  • 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • 10-20 drops of your favorite Essential Oil

I like to use a amber bottle as it protects the essential oil components from breaking down. It’s also reusable, recyclable and chic for the home. Once you mix in the essential oil, it will block that sour vinegar odor. Pour in all your ingredients and shake well.

 

Stainless steel:

For stainless steel cleaning, I just mix a few square of soap in with some water.

  1. Spray the surface with soapy water and with your sponge wash the surface going with the grain.
  2. Take a clean dry towel to wipe off the soapy water.

3. After it’s dry take some olive or cooking oil and grease a clean microfiber towel. Then rub the oil onto the steel surface going along the grain line.

I do this on all my stainless steel appliances. It really makes them look sparkly brand new again.

 

Rust Removal: 

I thought that once things rust, it’s permanent but thank goodness that’s not true! Did you know you can use toothpaste to wipe off rust? yep!

  1. On a clean surface, rub a generous amount of toothpaste onto the rust.

2. With a towel, polish the paste up and down until the rust is gone!

 

Ranger Top:

Cleaning the stove top is my least favorite part. The stain gets cooked in and if you wait for days, it can get tricky to clean. After learning about this method, it changed my cleaning view. Thank goodness for baking soda!

  • Hydrogen Peroxide or vingar
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  1. To clean your stove, mix 1 cup baking soda in cup, pour in some peroxide until you get a paste consistency.

 

2.  Brush off and discarding remaining debris on your stove.

3. Cover the stain/ gunk on your stove with the paste.  Make sure to leave a nice thick layer. Make more if you needed. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes or so to break down the baked-in stains.

4. Then simply wipe off the paste and stain off with a sponge or towel. If you are still having a difficult time, sprinkle on some coarse salt and rub it on with your sponge.

5. Finally, Wipe off all the leftover residue with a clean cloth.

I love a clean kitchen. Don’t you? I hope these cleaning DIY and tips can help you obtain a fresh and sparkly kitchen!

xo,

Ann

 

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