When talking about property, they say that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, making perfect sense. The kitchen and the bathroom are both places where we spend a lot of time in our homes, and for that reason, we want them to be clean.
However, quite a few people don’t know how to take care of their kitchens and bathrooms so that they can stay sparkling clean as if they had just been installed. We’re here to help with that!
Here is a list of ten hacks that you can use to make sure your kitchen is spotless!
Microwaves and Lemons
If you live alone and reheat most meals because you can’t finish them or spend a lot of time eating ready-made meals, you probably use your microwave often, leaving it perpetually dirty and perhaps smelly.
All you need to do is run half a lemon across your microwave and then wipe it down with a damp cloth. Leave the door open to allow it to dry, and you will have a spotlessly clean, fresh-smelling microwave.
Glasses and Vinegar
If your glasses keep coming out of the dishwasher cloudy, you don’t need to spend hours wiping them down all over again. That probably wouldn’t even work anyway. All you need is vinegar.
Soak your glasses in vinegar for five minutes and then rinse and dry them with a lint-free cloth. Your glasses will be super shiny again, and it will be half as much work for you.
Kitchen Tiles and Baking Soda
If you want to make the grout between your kitchen tiles look brand new, you don’t need to spend hours trying to clean them with detergent and other cleaning products. You just need some baking soda.
Pour baking soda along with the grouting and spray it with water. Once it starts to bubble, scrub it with a toothbrush, and you will have beautifully clean and brand new-looking grout.
Cast Iron Skillets and Salt
Cast iron skillets can be a real pain to try and clean. It seems like nothing will ever come off of them, and sometimes a wire brush doesn’t even do the job. Don’t throw the skillet out the window just yet, though.
All you need to do is grab some coarse salt, and you will be able to scrub the skillet without damaging it. The best part is that anything stuck to the pan will lift off of it, cleaning your skillet perfectly.
Toasters and Paintbrushes
Toasters are possibly the worst kitchen appliance to clean. It’s almost like nobody knows how to clean a toaster properly without electrocuting themselves in the process. We’re here to help.
Unplug your toaster so that you don’t get shocked. Take a paintbrush (hear us out) and place it inside the toaster to pull out any small crumbs lodged inside. Then remove the cleaning tray and empty it, wipe down the outside and you’re good to go.
Kitchen Sponges and Dishwashers
After a while, every kitchen sponge starts to get a terrible smell to it. It does clean dirty dishes, so we can’t blame the poor thing, but it is pretty gross and needs to be taken care of ASAP!
All you need to do is add it to the dishwasher. It seems counterintuitive to add a dishwashing device to a dishwashing device, but it works. It removes the smell and cleans away any bacteria living inside the sponge.
Silver and Toothpaste
If there is silver in your family handed down for generations or there is one silver fork in your house that you got at a garage sale, it needs to be polished. Polishing silver can be a real pain, and the polish can be pricey.
Luckily, all you need to do is to grab your toothpaste and polish away. The toothpaste cleans and polishes the silver perfectly and leaves it shining like the day it was bought.
Candles and Hot Water
If you’re anything like the WomanlyLive team, you have five million candles littering your home. There are candles for every occasion, and a lot of them are at the very end. Most candles come in adorable containers now, though, and it would be a shame to throw them out.
So don’t throw away the container. Simply add hot water to the container and wait for all of the wax to rise to the top of the container and set. You can then remove the wax and either make a new candle or use the container for another purpose.
Dust and Baby Wipes
We all know what it’s like to finish sweeping and then try and use the dustpan to remove that last little bit of the dust from the floor. You end up breaking your back, trying to get the last line of dirt into the pan.
Stop hurting your back and your ego fighting with a line of dust and grab a baby wipe. Simply wipe up the last piece of dust and then throw everything away. Such a simple and easy hack that will change your life.
Blenders and Water
Having a smoothie on a hot day is akin to finally taking off those false lashes that have been annoying you all night, but cleaning the blender afterward is akin to trying to get the inner corner of the false lashes to stick.
However, if you simply fill your blender with some hot, soapy water and then leave it to run for a minute or two, you will be able to clean the blender effectively and efficiently without really having to do anything.