The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house, and certainly the one that ends up with the most mess in it. Fear not, however, as there are some tried and tested methods to ensure your kitchen looks as good as new, no matter what you’ve been cooking in it.
Hydrogen peroxide might sound a little scary, but it’s actually not as frightening as you might think – and it’s excellent as cleaning stubborn stains from stone work surfaces. Just add a few drops to some water and you should see an immediate difference.
You’ve probably got baking soda in your kitchen already, and if you don’t, you should. Mix it with water and voila! You have a homemade kitchen cleaner that works wonders on tiles and floors.
Add lemon juice to your homemade kitchen cleaner and it will smell gorgeous too!
Another kitchen staple that can be used to keep it clean, salt, along with some oil, is a great way to spruce up any cast iron pans you might have. Add two tablespoons of oil to the pan you want to clean and heat it up. Then add three tablespoons of salt. Hold a paper towel with some tongs and scour the bottom of the pan with the abrasive salt. Done.
You can use white vinegar in pretty much any part of the house, and the kitchen is certainly no exception. It’s especially good when it comes to wooden floors. Nine parts warm water to one part vinegar should do it.
Washing Up Liquid
It seems that no matter how much you try, the walls in a kitchen still get splattered with stuff. Anything water based (such as wine and ketchup, for example) should be wiped away with a damp cloth as soon as possible. Oil based stains can still be wiped away but you’ll need to add washing up liquid to the water first.
Copper becomes easily tarnished over time, but it’s easy to get it looking its best again just by rubbing ketchup over it. Dab a little onto a soft cloth and it’s amazing cleaning power will do the job. Simply rinse the brass fittings when you’re finished.
If you’ve ever had to clean a narrow vase after having flowers in it, you’ll know how tricky that can be. The dishwasher might be an option, but it might also destroy the vase completely. So what to do? Simple. Half fill the vase with water, then drop in some Alka-Seltzer tablets. The fizzing will clean the vase without you needing to lift a finger.
Once you’ve made your all-natural cleaners you can keep them in a clean spray bottle, ready to be used whenever they are needed. And your kitchen will always looks stunning.