A few weeks ago I was asked by Lindsey Mastis of WFLA News Channel 8 to help with a series on Life Hacks for Mom. It was fun to try a few new hacks in my own kitchen to see how well they worked. For me, cleaning the kitchen is something that needs to be done daily. The deep cleaning tips are only used every few weeks, about 1-2 times a year on the oven cleaning.
To see the full segment on WFLA: Life Hacks for Mom – Kitchen Cleaning
For the tips shown in the video:
- DIY oven cleaner: Mix baking soda, water, and vinegar. Dab onto oven grime. Turn oven to 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 Celsius) and bake for 45 minutes. Wipe clean. (Source: http://bit.ly/1Px0KcN)
- DIY Kitchen Cleaning Solution: Mix one part vinegar with four parts water and add a few drops of lemon essential oils. Put it in a spray bottle. To create the DIY spray bottle shown in the video I used a mason jar and a reCAP Mason Jar Sprayer attachment (affiliate link).
- Olive oil for shiny stainless sinks! Rub olive oil on the sink after cleaning. (See original post for full directions: Shiny kitchen sink with olive oil.)
- DIY Microwave Cleaner: Mix water and vinegar (equal parts) in a bowl with 20 drops of essential oils. Microwave mixture for three minutes and wipe all of the surfaces with a clean rag.
The oven cleaner was the most tedious and didn’t work “exactly” like the video from Facebook. The glass window didn’t come clean very well at all. I may have let the solution “back” too long in the oven and it wasn’t super easy to wipe clean. The surfaces inside the oven did come really nice and clean but it took a little more elbow grease than they showed in the video. I will probably try it again because I do hate the chemical cleaners in my oven and the “oven cleaning” feature on the oven itself makes the house stink SO bad!
What are your favorite “life hacks” for cleaning the kitchen?
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