The kitchen is the room in your house that you probably spend the most time in. I know everytime I have company, we all end up in there around the table chatting!! Even though your kitchen gets cleaned everyday, it still needs to be tackled during spring cleaning time because let's be honest- how often do you clean inside your cabinets or under your fridge?? Same as me, close to never!!
Besides all the regular cleaning we'll all do in our kitchens for spring, I've found some great tips for cleaning almost everything that's in your kitchen!! Of course, we all clean our counters, cabinets and drawers...but then what?? Here's some tips to clean some of those "other" things in your kitchen that need to be cleaned.
The first thing you should tackle is your stove hood.
How to clean your coffee pot
Fill your coffee tank with 6 cups of vinegar and the rest with water. Turn on your coffee pot as if you were making coffee (minus the coffee grounds). When your "coffee" is done brewing, pour the hot vinegar and water back in the tank and run through again. After your second pot is done, dump the vinegar/water and scrub the pot with hot soapy water and all those brown coffee stains should be gone! You should make another pot using only water to flush out any vinegar...if you decide to do it twice, use fresh water the second time.
If you have burnt coffee stuck on the bottom of your coffee pot, fill it with vinegar and let it sit overnight. In the morning, dump the vinegar and wash the pot as normal.
How about those stubborn coffee/tea stains in your favorite mug?
Wet a cloth then rub the inside of the mug with baking soda. If they're really stained, soak the mug overnight in hot water and baking soda...see, didn't I tell you baking soda cleans everything???
You could try making a paste of corn startch and vinegar, apply it to your favorite mug, let it sit for a few minutes then scrub away those pesky stains.
My favorite method is to drop 2 denture cleaning tablets in the mug, pour hot water into the mug and then soak overnight!!
Make that microwave look brand new with these tricks:
Place a bowl of water in the microwave and heat for 3-5 minutes. When done, leave in microwave for 5 minutes to let the steam loosen all the stuck on bits of food. Remove bowl and wipe microwave with a damp cloth.
Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a bowl. Follow instructions above. The vinegar freshens and deodorizes the inside of the microwave. You can also add a few lemon wedges to the bowl of water instead of vinegar to freshen the inside as well.
Soak a thick clean sponge or hand towel with vinegar and water, microwave for 3-5 minutes. Follow same intructions as above and use sponge or towel to wipe down the insides, but be sure to wear rubber gloves so you don't get burned!!
I hope some of these tips help you in your spring cleaning, they sure have helped me!! Check back tomorrow when we tackle THE BATHROOM.