Our kitchens are commonly the very heart of our home. Because of that, they are often the room most prone to mess. Have a look below at some of our best tips to make the chore of cleaning your kitchen a breeze.
Vegetables: Keep an eye on your vegetables in the fridge and discard as necessary. Leaving rotten vegetables will cause everything to rot quickly.
Fridge: When you are getting your essentials out of the fridge e.g. butter or milk, check other items for freshness and throw away as necessary. Don’t leave it to build up.
Cupboards: We are all guilty of leaving the cupboard shut and just taking out what we need, as needed. Know your cupboards and what’s in them. Every few months you should have a clear out, check freshness and wipe the cupboards clean before re-filling.
Raw meat: Keep on the bottom shelf to ensure it won’t spill or drop, hence contaminating the food below.
Cooked meat: Should always be stored above raw meat to ensure no cross-contamination takes place.
Meal preparation: Make sure to not leave cooking utensils or chopping boards lying around after cooking. Tidy and wash as you go or as soon as you have finished your meal. Don’t leave the washing up until the next day. Keep the surfaces and the utensils you cook with clean at all times.
Cupboard under the sink
Try hanging a shoe organiser to the door, allowing you to store all your cleaning essentials including liquids, sponges, and dishwasher tablets etc.
It’s a great storage solution, particularly useful for small spaces, and helps to make your liquids easily accessible.
If you own copper pots and pans, and they are starting to look a little worn-out and tarnished, try this little tip to bring them back to life! Smother the pans in ketchup sounds weird, but due to the acidic nature of the condiment, it is great at breaking away tarnish. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and buff up with a soft, dry cloth.
Cling Film Storage
An incredibly easy storage solution for all your cling film, foil, and greaseproof paper needs!
Screw a couple cup hooks to your wall, horizontally parallel to each other. Get yourself a dowel rod and simply feed it through the middle, laying it on the insides of the hooks (make sure the rod is long enough to stick out of the hook a little. Put your cling film rolls just like you would with toilet tissue roll.
The key to keeping your cooker and extractor fan clean is to clean it regularly! Wipe over the entire exterior with soapy water or a cleaning product every time you use the hob (ensure oven is off and wait until all surfaces are cool before beginning to clean), and then dry with a clean cloth to avoid water marks. Take out the filter once a month if you can and give it a quick wash in the sink; once you’ve deep cleaned the components once they should only need a brief clean if you do it regularly enough, meaning that the deep clean is rarely necessary.
If your Cooker hood and filter requires a deep clean we can recommend “Deepio “cleaning liquids. We couldn’t believe how good this product is when we started using it. It only needs a few squirts and second to soak and you can easily wipe off any grease.
Solid Silver Cutlery
We know cleaning and polishing your silvers can be a tedious task, hence we have a little tip for you to tackle it in no time. Line a plastic bowl with aluminium foil, shiny side up, put a mug full of soda crystals in the bowl and add sufficient hot water to immerse the cutlery. Put your rubber gloves on, drop in the cutlery and see the cutlery turn a beautiful bright shade in a couple of minutes. Rinse under a warm tap until no soda remains on them. Buff to a high shine with a dust cloth.
Keep germs at bay
After you have used it rather than leaving it damp in the sink to get covered in mildew and germs try using a binder clip and a sponge stand to allow the sponge to dry! Once a week, try putting your sponge in the microwave for 20 seconds to kill all the germs! (This is only appropriate if the sponge doesn’t have a metal pad at the bottom) Always remember, just because you can’t see bacteria it doesn’t mean it isn’t there! Bacteria thrives and grows in damp conditions!
To descale your kettle, try our eco-friendly cleaning tip. Boil a raw potato and solution of washing soda crystals inside the kettle – the liquid from the potato and the soda crystals will clear the lime scale. For heavy lime scale fill the kettle with half vinegar and half water and leave over night, rinse thoroughly for a scale free kettle.
Cleaning your cups
To remove light stains from mugs or cups, rub with a paper towel and some salt. Bicarbonate of soda also works if you don’t have salt.
Heavily stained cups are best left in soak for 5 minutes with hot water and bleach. This takes the mug back to its original colour but ensure you rinse well so no bleach residue is left in the mug.