The kitchen is a room that is the most versatile in your entire home. The kitchen is a meeting place, a place to prepare and eat food and a hub of family activity. But it can be the unhealthiest room as well. Cleaning the kitchen requires some knowledge and these hacks will aid you in eliminating bacteria, keeping the kitchen clean and help with food preparation.
Cleaning & Sanitation
Some common household cleaning products may contain hazardous ingredients. Many Americans have turned back to natural household cleaning solutions for safety and more eco-friendly reasons. Rather than
taking harsh detergents to your cast iron pots and pans, scrub them clean with a dry paper towel and coarse salt. A pinch of salt and a paper towel will create a salty solution that can works wonders.
1. To clean an electric kettle with calcium buildup on the heating element, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water
– Empty it out and your kettle should be sparkling clean.
2. Cut one lemon into two halves, sprinkling baking soda on the first half. – Use the lemon alone to scrub dishes, sinks, and countertops.
3. Baking soda and is a great all purpose cleaner. – Use it to deodorize drains, clean stovetops and stainless steel sinks.
4. If aluminum pans look dull and cloudy, just boil some apple peels in them. – This will shine up the aluminum and make your house smell good at the same time.
5. To clean your coffee pot, fill it up with a cup of vinegar added to the pot of hot water then run it through the normal cycle. -Run a few cycles after of plain water to have your coffee pot look brand new.
6. Loosen up the caked up food on your pots and pans. – Soak your pots and pans with some tea bags overnight. This will make it much easier to clean in the morning.
7. To unclog drains, pour some baking soda down the drain and then add ½ cup of vinegar. – Then rinse with very hot water. This should get rid of any blockage.
8. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy dish water. – This will cut down on grease and any odor left from food on the dishes.
9. Olive oil is great for stainless-steel surfaces. – For extra sparkle, pour olive oil onto a dry cloth and buff the surface.
10. Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. – Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. Within just a minute or two, they should be back to the coppery color. Rinse with warm water of course.
Odors & Stains
Here are some great ways to get rid of those pesky stains and odors in the kitchen.
11. Sprinkle a dash of salt in an empty airtight Rubbermaid container before you store it, you’ll keep the odors away.
– It will definitely make a difference with your containers that have had one too many pieces of lasagna in them.
12. For cleaning smelly hands after chopping garlic or onions, rub them on a stainless steel spoon.
– The steel is somehow supposed to absorb the odor.
13. Remove tea or coffee stains from your fine china by mixing up a paste consisting lemon juice, cream of tartar, and baking soda,. – Rub it over the stains and they’ll come off with ease.
14. After using a lemon, drop both lemon halves down the garbage disposal . -This is a clean scent that will freshen the smelliest of kitchens.
15. Run an empty dishwasher load with vinegar. – Toss a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of an empty dishwasher and run the normal cycle. It cleans out old food particles to keep your dishwasher smelling great.
16. When you are preparing raw fish, that smell on your fingers can hang around for days.
Rub your hands with lemon juice which will neutralize the odor.
17. Lemon can deodorize cutting boards. – Yucky smelling cutting boards can be scrubbed down with a lemon . Don’t rinse the board for about an hour. Then wash with soapy hot water.
18. To clean fruit stains off of your fingers, rub them with a fresh, peeled potato. – White vinegar will also have the same affect.
19. Vanilla can get rid of nasty odors in your freezer. – Wipe down your freezer with a cotton pad that is lightly soaked with pure vanilla extract.
Fruits & Vegetables
Use these hacks to keep your produce fresh, clean it well, and even make spices.
21. Keep tomatoes and citrus fruits like lemons away from the refrigerator. – This will keep them juicy and they will even have a better fragrance.
22. To keep potatoes from budding in the bag, put an apple in with them. – This enhances the taste and will make them last and extend their shelf life.
23. Keep iceberg lettuce fresh in the fridge by wrapping it in a clean, dry paper towel. – Store the lettuce and paper towel in a sealed baggie and put in the fridge.
24. Sprinkle wet fruit and veggies with baking soda to remove dirt and pesticides. Then – Then scrub and rinse them carefully so you don’t bruise them. . This cleaning method safely removes
common residues off produce.
25. Instead of cutting off the leafy tops of celery and tossing away, make your own celery flakes. – Wash and dry the leaves and bake them in the oven at 180° F until they get crispy. Store the flakes in an airtight container and use for soups or whatever else you’d like.
26. Freshen vegetables with vinegar. – If your vegetables are wilted and seem like they might be on the way out, soak them in 2 cups of water and one tablespoon of vinegar.
27. Use this concoction to keep the fruit flies away from the arrangement on your table. – A small dish of wine, a splash of water, and a drop of dish soap will do the trick.
28. Use a drinking straw to core a strawberry while still leaving most of the fruit. – Push the straw through the bottom of the berry and out through the top.
29. Put a lemon in the microwave for about 20 seconds to get the most juice. – Let the lemon sit for a minute and then roll it around back and forth on the counter a couple times.
30. Cauliflower will remain white and give off no odor if you cook it in an equal parts milk and water mixture – You can even use the left over liquid for a soup or cream sauce.
We’ve all goofed up when it comes to cooking. Here are some simple tips that will help you in a pinch.
31. If you’ve burned your gravy, pour it into a new pan and sprinkle a dash of sugar in it
– The sugar will counteract the bitterness from the burned gravy, but won’t leave it with a sweet taste.
32. Did you add too much salt? Throw in a peeled potato. – Throw in a peeled potato while your dish is still cooking.
33. When boiling eggs, add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking. – This is great right around Easter time. No one wants cracked Easter eggs.
34. Is your rice a bit brown on the bottom of the pot? – Place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for approximately 5-10 minutes. This will take away that burnt flavor. Remember to take off the burnt part when you serve it!
35. When your casseroles or other dishes end up to greasy, add a piece of ice. – The ice cube will attract the fat, which you can then spoon out.
36. No need to buy expensive mixing bowls with rubber bottoms. – Set you’re bowl on top of a damp cloth. You’ll never have to worry about it sliding around while you’re mixing something.
37. Burnt food smells can removed from the air by placing a shallow bowl about ¾ of the way full with white or apple cider vinegar . – The odor should disappear in less than a day or if it’s a really strong odor it might take 1 to 2 days.
38. Soak stove burner grates in 1 gallon warm water and 1/2 cup baking soda.– them Leave them in there for 30 minutes. Rinse and dry them and they will be looking shiny and new.
39. To get rid of those stuck on food splatters in the microwave, place a water-soaked sponge inside and cook in on high for two minutes. – Leave the microwave door closed for another five minutes to let the sponge cool off. The steam will loosen up the food and you can easily wipe it all off without the use of chemical cleaners.
40. Spills in the oven – If that dish your cooking starts to cook over, take it out of the oven and pour salt on the spill. This will soak it right up. When the oven is cool, wipe with down with a damp sponge.
Burns, Tears, and Cuts
Here are some natural remedy hacks for common injuries that occur in the kitchen
41. If you’ve nicked yourself in the kitchen, clean and disinfect the cut, let dry, and coat the wound with clear nail polish
– This is an easy and quick waterproof bandage that stays on for days and is much more sanitary than a wet band aid.
42. Soak an onion in water before cutting it.
– The water will dilute the sulphuric compounds
.43. Or else you can freeze the onion before cutting it for about 10 minutes. – The sulphuric compound that leads to tears will not react as quickly when it’s cold. However, don’t freeze it for too long because it can affect taste.
44. Did you burn your finger taking that pain out of the oven? – Immediately rub the area with spicy mustard to draw out the pain.
45. Did you catch one of those invisible hair-like splinters that that you can’t see but hurts really bad? -Simply press a strip of tape gently to your skin. This works far better than scraping away at your skin with fingernails or tweezers.
46. Just in case you don’t have spice mustard. – Vinegar, honey and even whole milk can be used to soothe any kitchen burn .
Other helpful hacks
This is a list of some other tips we found that could not be put in the categories above but are just as valuable.
47. When it’s time to thaw out that frozen roast, be sure to pour some vinegar over it
– Not only does it make the meat defrost faster, it also works as an awesome tenderizer.
48. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your plants. – The water is filled with nutrients that your plants adore.
49. If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, just put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up.– For some reason, this restores a fresh taste and texture to the bread.
50. To reuse cooking oil without tasting whatever was cooked in it, just add a 1/4″ piece of ginger to it. – It will remove any reminisce of any flavors and odors.
51. Water that has been boiled and allowed to cool will freeze faster than water from the tap. – This is a savior when you’re having a party and need ice in a hurry.
52. If glasses become stuck together after stacking them in your cabinets, it is possible to get them unstuck. – Just put ice in the inner glass and dunk the outer glass in some lukewarm water. The warm glass will expand and the cold glass will contract, making the glasses separate easily.
53. Pulling your refrigerator 1 inch from the wall can reduce the energy used by almost 40%. – You’ll barely notice the difference in your floor usage. Extra inches help, but the one is actually quite suitable.
54. Grab a bowl filled with cold water and let a few eggs soak in the bowl for two minutes. – The freshest eggs will stay at the bottom, and any expired eggs will rise to the surface. Eggs should stay fresh for up to three weeks when properly stored.
55. A standard tip for freezing ground foods or thick sauces in small portions is to first put the food into a large freezer bag. – press it out as flat as possible to get rid of the air pockets. Use a long chopstick or ruler to create divisions within the food, forming individual portions. This way when you freeze the entire bag, you’ll be able to quickly break off just as much as you want to use.
56. To double the amount of your butter used for spreading, simply whip it with a small amount of warm water. – it’s great for spreading on your bread or corn-on-the-cob. Just keep it in the refrigerator to keep it fluffy.
It’s surprising just how much we can do with ingredients from our own homes. We hope that you found these hacks to be useful for you and your family in the kitchen.