How to Spring Clean the Kitchen Cheap and Easily
Very few people like cleaning, and it seems even fewer people have the time to do so. Cleaning is like exercise, it should cost as little as possible! Below are some tips that can help you spring clean faster and cheaper.
Trying to clean a microwave is an absolute nightmare, as the dirt seems to get encrusted so thoroughly and so very quickly. Forget fancy, expensive sprays that are loaded with chemicals! Simply place half an inch of warm water and half an inch of white vinegar into a microwaveable bowl, and heat on high for about three minutes. The combination of the steam and the vinegar will loosen the encrusted dirt and you will be able to wipe it off with a towel and some warm water. This will also work with a mixture of water and bicarbonate of soda.
A couple of tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda added into some warm water will loosen tough stains on hard floors that need mopping. It will also help to eliminate any odours that tend to linger on floors.
Put the plug in the sink and add about quarter of a tub of bicarbonate of soda, half fill the sink with hot or boiling water (boiling is best), then add about a quarter of a bottle of lemon juice then fill the sink completely with hot or boiling water.
Leave for an hour and a half to 2 hours, then pull the plug out (make sure you have adequate rubber gloves on, the water will be cold, but the mixture will dry your skin out)
Then wipe the sink with a sponge and some warm water and rinse!
Cleaning an oven is an awful job, and I can’t name anyone that would disagree! It can be a nightmare task and must be one of the most put off jobs in the world!
And the commercial oven cleaners available are loaded with harsh chemicals which more and more people are turning away from because they are not only harsh on skin and bodies, but they are also bad for the environment.
Below is a cheap, easy and ecologically friendly way to clean your oven.
You will need:
- White vinegar
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Warm/hot water
- A spray bottle
- A sponge and/or scourer
- Use the sponge to dampen the inside of the oven
- Place a thick coat of bicarbonate of soda on top of the water and leave for 3 hours.
- Fill the spray bottle with white vinegar and spray anywhere that is coated with bicarbonate of soda, some fizzing will occur, but this is normal and good, this will loosen the dirt.
- Leave for a few more hours and then wipe away with the sponge and/or scourer.
It’s that easy! Happy Spring!