It was a pretty miserable weekend for many parts of Australia and I'm sure many in the Workshop community spent most of it indoors.
One chore we got stuck into was giving the kitchen a really good clean. It looks great now but we did struggle with the best approach for cleaning the cast iron trivets on the cooktop which get greasy over time.
This week I thought it would be handy if community members share their top tips for cleaning the kitchen.
What advice can you share with the community for making light work of kitchen cleaning chores and getting a great result?
I really like the Orange power spray bottles for use in the kitchen and bathroom. I think its called a multi-purpose cleaner. Environmentally friendly - no harsh chemicals - lovely smell and work great.
Similiarly, I find the best way to clean the microwave is just to pour water into a bowl. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze all the juice into the bowl, then throw the two lemon halves in the water as well. Then microwave it for a few minutes and let it stand for at least 5 minutes. Be careful when you take out the hot bowl and then just wipe down all the surfaces in the oven.
Great tips as always Isobel.
We've only had electric hotplates in our kitchen, but we replaced the original coiled heating element hotplates, with 2nd hand solid cast iron hot plates. They weren't ready for the tip, but they weren't showroom either, so I fitted my reciprocating saw with a wire brush, & went to work on them. The black finish took a beating, but they were restored to brand spanking new condition after using:
TIP FOR GAS AFFICIANARDOS Switch to electric Ceran hotplates, which look like a sheet of glass with no fiddly bits, or nooks & crannies, or better still, go induction. ; )
CLEANING LAMINEX/FORMICA/GLOSSY SURFACES
I wet a micro-fibre cloth with cold water, then wring it out until it's just damp.
DO NOT use warm or hot water, as it will smear if there are any grease deposits.
Micro-fibre cloths hold the grime in their very fine striations that run the whole length of their filaments, so an occasional clean of the cloth in warm sudsy water will restore them to being useable again.
Mind you, the cupboards would have to be damned shabby for you to have to do that. If it's just fingerprints & light spills, you probably won't have to clean the cloth for the whole kitchen clean up.
As an example of it's efficiency, I used to use a kitchen sponge with warm water & detergent, then had to rinse the suds off, & then buff with a tea towel to remove any water droplets. It looked great after 1&1/2 hours.
By contrast, the cold water Micro-fibre cloth method takes 10 minutes to end up with the same result. : )
Just remember with the likes of orange powder, lemon and vinegar to keep them away from marble and other natural stone surfaces as the acid will eat into them. Also, don't be tempted to use vinegar on floorboards as it will strip off the polish.
For stove burners, take about a quarter of a cup of ammonia and seal it up with one of the burners in a large zip-lock bag and leave it overnight. In the morning you should be just able to wipe them clean
There's some good tips here - How to clean the seven most neglected spots in your kitchen
Thanks for joining in the discussion and sharing your tips @Dee-Cluttered.
Thanks also for joining us on Workshop. It's fantastic to have you as part of the community. I'm looking forward to reading more of your advice and hearing about your projects and plans. I trust that you will receive plenty of helpful information and inspiration in turn from our other community members.
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