Cleaning the home kitchen is one of those less-than-thrilling pesky tasks that cannot be pushed to the back of the list.
A quick note before starting:
One should always be cautious when using orange-based cleaners in the kitchen, as they are known to contain petroleum distillates. Petroleum distillates wear out rubber gaskets around refrigerators and dishwashers.
A 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water will remove most stains. Blot on the spot and let it set 30 minutes. Then scrub lightly with baking soda if needed. Shaving cream also does a great job on difficult stains.
Marble Countertops Cleaning tips
Marble surfaces can be a bit tricky when it comes to cleaning up. Due to their acidity things such as vinegar and/or orange based cleaners will damage your marble surface. However, hydrogen peroxide (found at any local pharmacy) is marble friendly and works wonders for removing stains. Simply mix equal amounts of water and hydrogen peroxide and wipe away without worry! Marble also tends to stain easily, so it is best to immediately wipe up spills when they occur. If you find some spots aren’t coming off your marble surface, blot some of the hydrogen peroxide solution onto your stain and let it sit for approximately 30 minutes. If the stain persists, try gently rubbing some baking powder on it should do the trick!
Tile Grout Cleaning Tips
If you’re familiar with tile then you’re familiar with the difficulties that tile grout pose. Because the grout is so porous most cleaning products pass through right through and leave your stain behind! Thankfully there are a few easy ways to keep your grout looking it’s best! The moment you spill something on your tiles, pour some club soda on the grout and scrub before the stain has time to set. Now, you might not be around when the spill occurs or maybe you’ll be too busy to get to it in time, but not to worry. Pick up a can of shaving cream and simply spray it onto your problem area, and let that sit from about 30 minutes. To remove the shaving cream without leaving marks in the grout, use a cleaner stick that somewhat resembles chalk (found at any tile store). Keep in mind it is always best to have a good sealant on your tiles and grout, to prevent staining.
Stainless Steel Care
Scratch marks are impossible to remove, so make sure to keep a rubber mat at the bottom of your stainless steel sink. To further prevent scratching, steer clear of citrus based and powdered cleaners. For a scratch free, germ free shine, Cameo works best on stainless steel.
You can also use Cameo to clean stainless steel cookware as well. First remove any burned on food by bring water to a boil in the pot/pan. It is important that you never cook on high heat with stainless cookware, only medium heat and lower. Also make sure that you never leave an empty stainless steel pan on a hot burner, or boil dry with your stainless steel pots. This will result in ruining your cookware.
To loosen up food burned onto the surface of a stainless steel stove, boil some water and pour directly onto that tough spot. Let it set a few minutes. This will help loosen the food, making it easier to remove.
Microwave Cleaning Tips
To easily clean out all that caked-on mess in your microwave, place a mug half filled with water inside and cook on high for two minutes. The boiling water will steam the inside, loosening up the hardened splatters, making cleaning a whole lot easier! You may also want to try wiping the microwave with boiling water and then scrub with either Cameo. Cover your food to prevent the splatters.
Corian Surfaces Cleaning Tips
Much like marble, harsh detergents will damage your corian surface so it is best to use mild cleaners, such as Ivory. Another safe way to clean your corian is to sprinkle some baking soda on the surface and gently rub it in with a dampened cloth. A 50/50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide also does the trick. You can also keep your corian counters, ect. sanded by using a gray sandpaper called ‘wet or dry sandpaper’ (also know as number 800 sandpaper). Rub very gently with the sandpaper, making sure the paper stays wet.
Kitchen Refrigerator Cleaning Tips
More often that not odors in the fridge are caused by hidden food particles. Always make sure the underneath of the rubber gasket is cleaned. Combine ½ cup of water, 2 tbsp of baking soda and ¼ cup of vinegar, and wipe down the walls of your fridge with this foaming solution. You don’t need to have the measurements for the water/baking soda/ vinegar exact, but there about. This combination will foam up, but it will also take care of any unwanted odors. If there is still a strange smell in your fridge, it is best to check for Freon leaks.
Kitchen Dishwasher Cleaning Tip
To get your dishwasher clean and odor free, first remove the spindles and drawers, clean under them and under the gaskets. Then Fill one dispense with Tang instant drink and the other with dish soap and run the empty dishwasher on the wash cycle only. The combination of Tang and dish detergent clean and deodorizes the inside.
To get your smaller appliances clean and scratch free, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on a damp towel and lightly scrub.
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